Today we have another installment of our series From Field Biologist to Filmmaker, in which I share lessons learned through the process of becoming a wildlife filmmaker. This is our fifth installment of this ongoing series, and I’ve selected a particularly important topic for anyone who is interested in making films about wildlife – how to capture wildlife footage!
These days lots of big-budget wildlife docs produced by the likes of the BBC play up the difficulties associated with capturing powerful footage of animals in the wild. But what is it really like to shoot footage of wildlife for a conservation-oriented documentary? Is it possible to get really beautiful footage of an endangered or elusive species on a tight budget?
Producing wildlife docs on extremely low budgets is one of our specialties here at Wild Lens, and I’ve got a few tips and tricks for anyone out there who is interested in getting their feet wet. There are lots of things to consider, from the camera equipment that you’re using to the behavior of the species that you’re hoping to capture on film. And of course central to it all is the story that you are hoping to tell.
I’ll present all of the advice that I have to share on this topic, and along the way I’ll share stories from my experience capturing footage of California condors, bluebirds, and the most elusive of marine mammals, the vaquita.
Listen to the podcast episode here:
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