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21 March 2017
Executive Producers Alastair Fothergill and Huw Cordey will be heading up to the Grosvenor House Hotel London to attend the Royal Television Sociey Awards tonight. The team from Silverback Films have a nomination for the best Science and Natural History programme for their landmark series The Hunt.
The RTS awards recognise programmes which have made a positive contribution to their genre through their originality, innovation or supremely high standard, and from which other programme makers can learn and develop.
20 March 2017
Planet Earth II and Jago a Life Underwater win big at the RTS Bristol Awards 2017
This year, the BBC Natural History Unit will celebrate its 60th anniversary, and so it's only fitting that this world class production house was recognised on Sunday nights Royal Television Society West of England Awards.
The RTS West Awards ceremony in partnership with Evolutions, was held in the Old Vic Theatre Bristol and celebated achievements in television and film production in the region over the past 12 months. Filmakers from across the television and film genres; Drama, Documentary, Animation Childrens, and News joined many of our own natural history colleagues in a glittering gala evening.
" 1000's of people know that the NHU is the beating heart of the wildlife film industry,but its body is Bristol" said Mike Gunton Executive Producer of Planet Earth II, which scooped a string of awards including Best Series and Best Editing for Dave Pearce's.
Mike went on to thank the RTS for recognising the role of natural history directors when he accepted the Award for Best Director on behalf of Fredi Devas who directed Planet Earth II stunning 'Cities' episode .
The BBC's Natural World team also picked up award for Best On Screen Talent - Unscripted. Vianet Djeneut collected the award for his work on the film 'My Congo'.
14 March 2017
Do you want to get a feel for what's happening in the business? Do you want to indulge yourself, watching some of the best films that have been made in the past two years? And do you want to play your part in making sure the right films and the best people are recognised for their work ? If so, we suggest you get in touch with Jackson Hole Film Festival and apply to be a preliminary judge.
Although it is a lot of work ( and yes, we've done it !) it is an incredibly empowering thing to do and you will have the bonus of being well informed about the shows everyone is talking about!
More than 150 preliminary judges will screen over 3,500 hours to select this year's finalists. You can earn discounted or complimentary passes to the 2017 Festival, by remotely judging the preliminary rounds in June & July.
There will be one to three rounds of preliminary judging depending on the number of entrants in each particular category.
This means each submission will be screened in its entirety by a minimum of 3 preliminary judges, and sometimes as many as 15 judges. All films are viewed via our secure password protected online viewing platform integrated with Vimeo. Finalists will be announced on approximately August 1st and August 15th for the craft categories.
14 March 2017
Hanging like an emerald jewel off the western edge of Europe, Ireland has always been a place apart – the last scrap of rock before the void of the Atlantic Ocean. Never conquered by the Romans, Ireland was for millennia the very edge of the known world for Europeans and the last stop for countless animals before they disappeared into the mists of the western ocean on their ceaseless journeys of life.
This is a unique personal journey along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world featuring the wildlife and wild places that make it so special. Emmy award winning wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson takes viewers on an authored odyssey along Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast – the place he chooses to make his home after 30 years spent shooting some of the world’s most celebrated wildlife films.
As never captured before, this series features Ireland’s west coast and wildlife wonders – from the Skellig Rocks - stormbound ocean pinnacles settled by early Christian monks 1500 years ago to breaching Humpback whales newly arrived off the island’s southern shores, to Golden Eagles fighting the gales of the northern highlands, to the majestic Salmon returning from the Arctic to face upriver into some of the purest freshwaters in Europe; to the clash of Ireland’s last surviving Red Deer stags echoing through the island’s highest mountains.
Hosted by wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson, the films follow him on a journey along Ireland’s Atlantic coast from the southwest corner of the island to finish on the tip of Northern Ireland. Along the way, he gives intimate personal insights into the wild animals and wild places he discovers along the way.
The series is produced by Crossing the Line Films, the multi-award winning team behind some of the most celebrated wildlife films in the world of the last five years.
14 March 2017
As many of you know, Dereck and Beverly Joubert were both attacked by a buffalo on the 3rd March. Beverly was badly injured; impaled. Dereck has a broken rib, some additional cracked ribs and a cracked pelvis. After what can only be called a saga; Dereck chasing after the buffalo, kicked it and got Beverly off the horn and then got her to safety and stabilised for a long 11 hour wait in rough conditions for dawn and medical evacuation to South Africa and ICU where she has been for 12 days. Four operations of four hours each have started the rebuild. There is no way to describe the luck or miracle of what happened. Today Dereck is finally happy enough to say out loud that Beverly is going to make it.
She is still critical and under observation for pain and potential infections but she is awake and moving around.
Natural History Network on behalf of the wildlife film community send her our very best wishes on a speedy recovery.
News courtesy of Jackson Hole Film Festival
DERECK AND BEVERLY JOUBERT
07 March 2017
Congratulations to the teams at Silverback Films and BBC Natural History Unit who have been nominated for the presigious Royal Television Awards 2017! They listed Silverback's 'The Hunt' for best Science and Natural History Show and Sir David Attenborough as Best Presenter for Attenborough and The Giant Dinosaur made by BBC Natural History Unit and PBS
The nominations were revealed this morning (7 March), with the winners unveiled at a ceremony hosted by Sandi Toksvig on 21 March at Grosvenor House Hotel, London
Further details can be found on the main RTS site.
The two natural history shows are up against some stiff competition, as listed below.
Best Science and Natural History
07 March 2017
NHN were luckily enough to be invited to the UK Premiere of Born in China; a co-production between Brian Leith Productions (Bristol) and Chuan Films (Beijing) for Disneynature.
Born in China follows the lives of five main characters over the course of a year. It's a beautifully crafted film - bold in it's ambition, which certainly delivers moving stories that engage and challenge the audience.
This brave story-telling was attributed to the relationship between the two co-production companies, which on the one hand was a challenge, with cultural and work-style differences to overcome, but also a blessing in that the two teams were able to push for a powerful ending by pursuing the story of the circularity of life that is so much part o
06 March 2017
Something is stirring in them there mountains of Wyoming.
The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival team are beginning to wind up the cogs in preperation for another of their great events which will take place this year between 24-29th September 2017.
Widely considered the most prestigious honor in natural history filmmaking, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival celebrates the world's most innovative wildlife, nature and science storytelling .
02 March 2017
Films at 59 send huge congratulations to all of this year's nominees for the 2017 RTS West of England Craft Awards, fantastic to see so many of our clients represented.
Films are delighted to have received nominations across Editing, Sound and Grading.
For craft in Drama - Sound: Andy Devine has been nominated for his work on Wildseed Studios The Darkest Dawn.
Up for best Editing as part of the Planet Earth II team Films at 59s Franz Ketterer and Wesley Hibberd.
01 March 2017
Illinois-based producer-distributor Giant Screen Films has partnered with image provider Tandem Stills + Motion to bring Pacific Ocean marine life to IMAX screens across the globe.
Directed by nature photographer Ian Shive, the tentatively titled Hidden Pacific will examine the conservation efforts attempting to restore and protect the remote national wildlife refuge islands and marine national monuments of the Pacific, while also exploring their respective ecosystems.
Principal photography on the film was recently completed at Palmyra Atoll, within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, and Midway Atoll, located within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.