on 31 January 2012
The wildlife film industry is in flux; new formats, increasing democratisation of the media and ever shrinking budgets. Add to this ongoing discussions about conservation versus wildlife film, corporate and celebrity sponsorship and there is plenty to talk about.
Looking to the Future presents a well balanced collection of opinions from a diverse range of people.
From the forward by Neil Nightingale, Creative Director of BBC Earth, to Alex Rhodes, a 15-year old aspiring Wildlife film-maker from Bristol, the result is a very readable book that presents a snap shot of the industry, seen from the very different perspectives of nearly 60 people working in the industry, across the globe.
This book has been cleverly edited to include so many opinions; Jackson Xu speaks of the emerging wildlife film industry in China, Neil Harraway of the changes in demand for New Zealand's NHNZ productions and Sophie Vartan on 3D production in South Africa.
Henrik Ekman, Acquisitions Executive from SVT in Sweden is optimistic about the changes technology is bringing and the fact that even the smallest productions can meet the technical demands of broadcasters.There are discussions from others on tapeless cameras, high speed cameras for slow motion, DSLRs for low budgets and mini cameras for new PoVs, all at reduced cost from the days of film.
Increasingly, multi-skilled is becoming the norm and from the days of "Five-man wildlife film crew, 30 pieces of luggage" described by Richard Brock, 1 man production and YouTube is increasingly possible as is so clearly illustrated by Patrick Rouxel's powerful `Green'.
The case for big budget `Blue Chips' is made by several people, especially in connection with the increasingly popular 3D medium, but the talk is of cooperation, distribution and money, the importance not only of broadcast sales, but of DVD and download sales, something that was not even factored into budgets 10 years ago.
Some of those features had a relatively easy entry into the industry, while others have made substantial sacrifices, giving up well paid positions to get a foothold on the ladder. What shines through clearly from those featured is the passion for animals, for wild places and the art of storytelling
This is a book that is packed with information and one read is probably not going to be enough.
on 6 October 2011
This book arrived a few days ago and I've already finished it! It was incredibly engrossing and easy to read and there are some absolutely fascinating case studies. I think one of the best things is that it shows there are so many different routes into the wildlife filmmaking industry and not only that, there are many contradictory arguments from different contributors about certain subjects such as conservation and 3D which makes for an interesting read! The case studies also show that there are so many different ways to make a film, people had such different approaches and motives. All in all, a very inspiring read, and I would suggest that whether you are already in the industry or you are wondering if wildlife filmmaking is the route you want to take, this book will answer a lot of questions. Top banana!
on 26 September 2011
This book is a bible for all wildlife filmmakers, both new and old and offers immensely broad coverage on a wide range of topics, from the views and job requirements of Researchers to Commissioning Editors and testimonies from top industry professionals.
This book is truly unique and answers all the questions a newcomer could throw at it, as well as giving experienced professionals an insight into the opinions of their colleagues and where the future of wildlife filmmaking is heading.
Highly recommended reading for anyone in or approaching the wildlife filmmaking industry.