EVERY ELEPHANT COUNTS

With Africa's elephant numbers down to about 650,000 from3 million just a few decades ago, we have to take action now. Every elephant counts. The problem is, there is an over-abundance of elephants in certain areas, where populations are usually well managed and protected, and a number of threatened populations where they have become easy targets. … Continue reading EVERY ELEPHANT COUNTS

SAVING THE WORLD’S MOST ENDANGERED CAT

What a privilege it was for me to write and produce this film on the critically endangered Iberian Lynx. This is one of conservation's real success stories. The Iberian Lynx was reduced to only ninety left in the wild  in the 1990's. Yet with meticulous planning and a thorough breeding and re-introduction program,this lynx, small … Continue reading SAVING THE WORLD’S MOST ENDANGERED CAT

‘How to Make Wildlife Films’ is available on a pre-launch special

I took over thirty years of wildlife film-making experience and condensed some of the useful tips, techniques, and anecdotes ( accompanied by links to video clips of the films, or video tutorials), and put it into my new 250 page e-Book .(Print book available on demand). You can check out excerpts from the book, and … Continue reading ‘How to Make Wildlife Films’ is available on a pre-launch special

SHE’S SAVING THESE ‘BRINGERS OF THUNDER’ ONE BY ONE

  It takes a unique human to raise an endangered Ground Hornbill chick from two days old until it is released back into the wild. Many had tried, and as many had failed. And then along came Delicia Gunn. This unpretentious conservationist from Loskop Dam, South Africa, has successfully raised more southern Ground Hornbill chicks than … Continue reading SHE’S SAVING THESE ‘BRINGERS OF THUNDER’ ONE BY ONE

It all started with a dogfood commercial

The client casually mentioned it in a briefing meeting at our ad agency. 'Well, we do donate our product to the Wild Dog Breeding Project' he said. Now, I love dogs, always have. They're the masters of unconditional love, and we can learn miles from them. And Wild Dogs, or African Hunting Dogs, are a … Continue reading It all started with a dogfood commercial

My ‘Handbook of Wildlife Film-Making’ out soon!

As some of you may know, I've been shooting wildlife (on camera) for over twenty years, and so I've decided to give back some of that time, and learning curve, in the form of a Handbook. The Handbook is for those who may just be starting out on this wild, beautiful, and unpredictable journey, and … Continue reading My ‘Handbook of Wildlife Film-Making’ out soon!

Digital Video – the 21st Century Writer’s Typewriter

Yep, that's me looking through the viewfinder, filming a television series (The Wild Bunch)on endangered species in Madikwe, South Africa. With me, seated, is photographer and lodge manager, Deon de Villiers. These days, a writer's work is often accessed via video, and with the medium of written expression changing rapidly, it's almost essential for every writer … Continue reading Digital Video – the 21st Century Writer’s Typewriter

When the words, and the picture, are worth a thousand words.

Writing script to picture, and/or editing picture to script, to maximize meaning and power of the statement, is part of the twenty-first century non-fiction writer's skill. Writing for film , with the script widely acknowledged as 'the currency of film',is tough because it's not just the images in your head you're putting together, but the … Continue reading When the words, and the picture, are worth a thousand words.

Writing historical docu-drama

Research, research and research. If you're passionate about your subject, this will be a discovery filled part of the journey, before you write a word.If not, don't write the doc.Write something else that you love. The production still above is from my TV series 'Black, White & Khaki', and this particular scene deals with the … Continue reading Writing historical docu-drama