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How to film the perfect Great White Shark breach attack

The Great White Shark Breach Attack Nothing beats capturing a great white shark breach attack on camera! They explode out of the water on an unsuspecting prey in a display of extraordinary power and grace. This sequence is a favorite dream of every wildlife camera operator for very obvious reasons. Whilst 10 years ago, filming a shark breaching on a […]

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The 10 greatest shark documentaries NEVER made

For 15 years shark documentaries have been a big part of my life. I have a pretty good idea of what producers, commissioners and audiences are looking for in terms of a great shark documentary. Unfortunately, many pitches for shark documentaries follow the old-fashioned formula – the classic ‘shark attack‘ docco appealing to our primal fear of […]

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Inside the world of freediving (part 1)

Eat. Sleep. Work. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the routine of modern society. Drifting in through the open office door as I write this are the sounds of hundreds of commuters on their way home from a day at the grindstone. And to be honest, who wants to return home […]

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South Africa’s Sardine Run – Making the most of it

Over the past few years I have been leading expeditions to South Africa’s annual Sardine Run with Blue Wilderness. This year, as we prepare once again to travel to the wild coast and tackle the Sardine Run, I thought it would be useful to reflect on past expeditions and give a few insights into which […]

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How to nail it at a wildlife film festival

Wildlife Film festivals provide a great way to get your film (and you!) exposure in the industry…but with escalating competition how can you increase your chances of acceptance? Cream rises to the top, so much of your success is reliant on your creative vision and execution – the film itself. BUT, there are certain steps […]

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The Pan and Zoom – Vital skills for wildlife filmmaking

The pan and zoom.  There is so much to say about these two tiny concepts of filming.  They can be angles or devils.  You must know when and how to properly use them, or you risk your film coming across as amateur, tacky or even lazy.   Zooming When buying a camera, too many people get […]

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How to write a successful wildlife documentary story

The biggest challenge for wildlife film-makers is getting a program green lit by commissioning editors. Following trends, building gadgets, finding new filming techniques and building relationships and trust with broadcasters are all really helpful, but the one key ingredient that trumps all others is …. The Story. Without a great story to tell, your idea will be […]

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