What’s the Buzz
NHN Buzz Tracks’ top picks for the day at Wildscreen 2018
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WILDSCREEN AWARD WINNERS!
ORF Animal Behaviour Award
Blue Planet II – One Ocean
BBC Studios – The Natural History Unit, The Open University, BBC Worldwide, Tencent, BBC America, WDR, France Televisions and CCTV9
Films at 59 Sound Award
Rise of the Warrior Ape
Sound by Ben Peace, Time & Kate Hopkins
NHN Buzz Track Festival Coverage
Short write-ups, filmed interviews and a round-up of the days sessions.
COMMISSIONER CLINIC. BBC Studios: Tom McDonald
Tom or Craig Hunter are your first point of call for all natural history commissioning at the BBC for BBC channels BBC 1, BBC 2 and BBC 4. Starting with BBC 4, they commission ten hours of natural history per year. Therefore the content has to really stand out. He’s up for a conversation about what natural history content looks like on BBC 4.
Taking Conservation to the Netflix Generation
It’s every conservationist filmmaker’s dream. To inspire audiences long after the credits have rolled to get off the sofa and to take action. Now a new interactive SVOD platform from Off The Fence is doing just that. Join the team behind the WaterBear Network to discover how they engage viewers not just to Watch. But to Join. And to Save.
COMMISSIONER CLINIC. Channel 4: Tom Porter
Tom Porter, Channel 4’s commissioner for Specialist Factual announced that after a long break from commissioning natural history content Channel 4 is returning to the genre. Over the last few years they’ve produced related content like Autopsy Live, Inside Nature’s Giants and Foxes Live, but with a new management team in place, they want to take natural history to another level.
Tech Session: High Focal Length Cinematography
Andrew Solomon (Head of Natural History, ORF) and Mario Kreuzer (Filmmaker, PKM FilmproduktionsgmbH). High focal length videography has become significantly more accessible through the use of Swarovski Optik’s high-quality telescopes with larger sensor cameras.
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More Bang for Your Buck
There was a lively and funny conversation between the panel, where Jackie Savery and Andrew Jackson were invited, by Brian Armstrong, to pitch a new series to be set in the fictitious country of Nambia (coined by Donald Trump
Filming Behavioral Sequences in Tough Environments
- On shoots always have a plan B. Then a C and D!
- Whatever you hear about the weather prior to a shoot, you are wrong “expect the unexpected”.
Tech Sessions: Pictures: Locked and Loaded
How can the natural history filmmaking community operate more sustainably? The protection of the planet underpins our work and our message. Is it possible to offset the carbon footprint of our travel intensive productions?
Women in Wildlife
The Women on the panel were in the hot seat at the busiest and most thought provoking sessions of the Festival. They were there to talk about some uncomfortable stuff but in this #MeToo era, there was no avoiding the subject.
Making Money on Social
Barcroft creates, produces and distributes factual content, which is viewed by large, mainstream audiences around the world. It is divided into Barcroft Productions, Barcroft Media and Barcroft Plus. Barcroft started as a news agency, producing stories with great photographs: a very valuable, creative asset.
Tech Session: Cinematography Masterclass
Inspired by textures, light, feelings and emotions Toby Strong is a lighting cameraman with a passion for people and the natural world. Toby is a multi Emmy and BAFTA award winning Director of Photography.
Tech Session: A Shot in the Dark
Trojan Horse – New Ways of Finding Fresh Ways to Engage Audiences
Filmmakers and scientists are facing up to an uncomfortable truth; that they are mainly preaching to the converted on issues of environmental change. How can they reach a broader audience without losing sight of the bigger message?
Co- Producing with Asian Partners
Asia makes up 60% of the World’s population – it has 50 billion potential viewers. It is becoming increasingly relevant as a potential partner for natural history films. We heard from three key players in the Asian co-pro market, who helped us understand and navigate the complexities of this brave new world!
How to Spin a Cat Story
Big cats are one of the world’s most filmed species. So, how do we give them a new twist to reach new and larger audiences? The panel at Wildscreen shared with us their unique and innovative success in doing this.
Shorts: Being Brave
Short natural history films is where most of today’s top talent started. Liz Branch gave some valuable advice for those breaking into Natural History Filmmaking – “Career progression is a lot faster for those making shorts as you learn the craft quicker and with less money involved production companies are more willing to take on talented newcomers”.
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Tech Session: Making the Grade
Natural history filmmaking often involves many camera formats and unusual filming conditions. This creates challenges and opportunities within the grade session to enhance and develop the narrative and ambition. Award-winning colourist Blair Wallace will open the lid on his technical and creative approach in the grade.
A Life Beyond the Screen
Helping audiences understand and engage with the world around them is every wildlife filmmaker’s goal. But with the natural world at such a critical point in history, informing is only part of our job – we need to make people not only care, but act on it. When we get it right, we have the power to invoke large scale change.
Coffee is for Closers - What Makes Development Tick
It’s a space race for commissioners and programme makers, and there’s lots of competition to win a commission and win the best films – so how do you go about giving your pitch the best shot? Meghan cassin and Jessie Springer of Nat Geo Wild gave us their take.
The NHN Buzz Track team are at Wildscreen 2018 to provide our members and Wildscreen delegates with an unofficial guide to what’s happening at this year’s film festival.
We’ll give you our top picks for the day, short write ups and filmed interviews, and a round up of the days sessions.
NHN Buzz Track Team
Lizzie Green has been a Producer of wildlife films for 23 years and worked as a staff Producer at the BBC Natural History Unit and at Partridge Films before that. She has made films for ABC, Discovery and PBS/Nature and has strong connections within the BBC Natural History Unit and in the independent international wildlife TV business.
Vicky Halliwell is a specialist web designer and online marketing specials with 20 years experience. She is also a Zoology graduate from Bristol university, with a special interest in natural history films, and a career that includes working with Chris Parsons, Jane Krish, Harriet Nimmo and Wildscreen.
Gail Kukula is completing her Masters degree in wildlife filmmaking at UWE and is interested in cinematography and the technical side of filmmaking. She is also a scuba diving instructor and specializes in filming underwater macro behavioral sequences in the wild. Born and raised in the Canary Islands, she’s also fluent in Spanish, Gail’s thesis documentary is about the extraordinary ‘flamboyant cuttlefish’. Gail will be available to hire in November 2018.
Della Golding has worked for over a decade as both a presenter and producer of Natural History Films and as a Zoologist. She specialises in remote area productions. “The more challenging the shoot the more interesting it is for me”. Currently completing her MA Wildlife Filmmaking degree at UWE in partnership with the BBC NHU, Gail’s thesis documentary called “Firekeepers of Kakadu” focuses on the Indigenous Australian culture. Della will be available for work in November 2018.