A unique one-day workshop has been organised for the Guild of Television Cameramen by Bristol Wildlife Filmmakers. ‘Meet the Wildlife Filmmakers’ will be held on June 28 at the Avon Wildlife Trust’s Folly Farm Reserve in Chew Valley, Bristol.
Drawing on the skills and experience of leading practitioners in natural history filmmaking, the workshop will provide an insight into the intricacies of and secrets behind the craft. It will explain how to maximise chances of filming wild animals successfully using field craft skills and a hide. Innovative camera techniques, using both time-lapse and macro photography, will be demonstrated. Wildlife legislation, as it relates to the handling and filming of wild creatures will be introduced. A session entitled ‘Sequence Building ‘ will illustrate the wide variety of visual and sound material needed to construct a meaningful wildlife sequence within a compelling overall storyline.
The workshop is being arranged with the help of Sarah Pitt, an experienced producer and co-founder of Bristol Wildlife Filmmakers. Tutors taking part are Karen Partridge, Mike Salisbury, Tim Shepherd and John Waters (pictured, with meerkat).
In addition to the technical aspects of filming in the wild, delegates will have the opportunity to learn about sequence-building, storytelling and wildlife legislation. They also be able to test, in the field, Varicam camera equipment from Panasonic, along with Fujinon stabilising lenses from Pyser-SGI and tripods from Vinten.
GTC workshops are free to GTC members. Non members are welcome, space permitting, but will be subject to an entrance fee.
To reserve places, email GTC Workshops Coordinator Clive North on firstname.lastname@example.org. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.