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Silverback Films specializes in the production of high quality wildlife films for both television and the cinema. Formed in 2012 by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, the company brings together a world class team of wildlife film makers to create the highest quality natural history films. Silverback Films now includes the following productions.
'Perfect Planet ': A seven part landmark series for the BBC for delivery in 2020
Silverback are currently in production on 'Our Planet'. An 8 part landmark series commissioned by Netflix, with an online offering focussing on conservation being made in collaboration with WWF.
The Silverback team have recently made four feature films for Disneynature, ‘African Cats’ (2011), 'Chimpanzee' (2012) and 'Bears' (2014) and 'Monkey Kingdom'.(2015) We are currently making another feature for Disneynature, for release in 2017.
Silverback is based in their new offices at 1 St Augustine's Yard, Gaunts Lane, Bristol, UK, famous as the British center for wildlife film production.
What's Happening/ In Production
Silverback Films teams with Netflix and WWF to create Our Planet, a landmark eight-part series combining the spectacular photography of Planet Earth with an unprecedented look at the Planet’s remaining wilderness areas and their animal Inhabitants to debut in 2019.
Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will premiere across all its territories in 2019 in collaboration with Silverback Films and WWF.
The ambitious four year project – the largest of its kind ever attempted – will take viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests, introducing them to the most precious species and places that must withstand the impact of humanity so generations to come can enjoy the bounties of the natural world. Using the latest in 4K camera technology, the series and a range of specially produced storytelling for multi-media platforms will bring millions of people into intimate contact with some of the world’s rarest animals and most precious natural habitats.
WWF, the world’s leading conservation organization with operations in more than 100 countries and over 5 million members, is providing the Silverback team unparalleled access to its projects in protected areas around the world and will collaborate on multi-media storytelling across its web and other platforms.
Executive Producers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey
Producers Huw Cordey, Jonnie Hughes, Jeff Wilson, Hugh Pearson, Sophie Lanfear, Mandi Stark, Adam Chapman
Assistant Producers Hugh Wilson, Jo Harvey, Kieran O’Donovan, Gisle Sverdrup
Researchers Ben Macdonald, Elisabeth Oakham, Ilaira Mallalieu, Olly Scholey
Head of Production Jane Hamlin
Production Manager Sarah Wade
Production Coordinators Rebecca Coombs, Vicky Singer, Tara Knowles
Technical Support Manger Dan Clamp
Technical Support Darren Clementson, Charlie Dyer
For Netflix in association with WWF
5 part series Commisisoned by BBC Worldwide for BBC 1 for delivery 2020. Earth Sciences meets natural history.
In production. Silverback films is currently making three more Disneynature feature films which will be announced shortly.
Silverback Films Camera Bursary Deadline Approaching !
Silverback Films invite applications for their 2018 Cameraperson bursary.
Closing Date 15 March 2018.
Silverback Films is looking for a bursary cameraperson to work on one or more of its blue chip productions.
Please do not call the company direct, but apply as instructed below.
The position will be Bristol based, start in April 2018 and run for a year.
Showreels should illustrate an ability to shoot sequences, rather than just be a collection of good shots.
Experience with a variety of different camera tech ( Ronin’s, drones, timelapse etc ) is an advantage, but demonstrating visual creativity and imagination is much more important.
Broadcast credits are an advantage but not essential.
Applicants should send CV’s and showreels to Sam Davis
Closing date for submissions is the 15th March 2018
If you do not hear back from us by 15th April 2018 please assume that, on this occasion, you have not been successful.
The official trailer for Silverback Films’ next Disneynature feature film, Dolphins, has been released and is now available on YouTube. The film will premiere on Earth Day 2018:
24 May 2017
Huw Cordey nominated for Royal Television Society Best Director Non Scripted/Documentary for The Hunt Programme 1 Nov 2016
The Hunt wins the GTC (Guild of TV Cameraman Council) Award for Cinematography 2016.
Disneynature Monkey Kingdom
Premiered in the USA and UK
Co- Directors: Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill
The Silverback Team
Digital Imaging Technician
Digital Imaging Technician
Head of Production
Front of House
Production Team Assistant
Technical Support Manager
Chimpanzee: (US trailer)