18 July—1 November 2015

Nature, Camera, Action! The secrets of making incredible wildlife films

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The deepest oceans, the coldest continents, the most fearsome animals – wildlife filmmakers and photographers have faced it all in pursuit of the perfect shot. This exhibition for the whole family explored the challenges they face and the amazing kit they use.

Through films, objects used ‘in the field’ and lots of hands-on exhibits, Nature, Camera, Action! highlighted Bristol as the ‘Hollywood’ of wildlife filmmaking.

Visitors were taken behind the scenes of programmes like Planet Earth and The Private Life of Plants to discover how filmmakers and photographers invent innovative ways to get up close and personal with their subjects.

Families had a go at building bug houses, identified insects from the sounds they make, tried on Polar clothing, camped out inside a hide, and created mini time-lapse movies. For those who dared, there was even a shark jaws photo opportunity and the chance to submit a short wildlife film for inclusion in the exhibition.

Nature, Camera, Action! The secrets of making incredible wildlife films was our flagship exhibition in support of the Green Capital programme of events. It highlighted Bristol as a global centre for wildlife filmmaking within the international framework of this exhibition.

Main image: © John Downer Productions

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Nature Camera, Action! The secrets of making incredible wildlife films has been produced with support from the BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Earth and BBC History.


National Media Museum logoExhibition organised and toured by the National Media Museum, Bradford.



Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives would like to thank the Bristol Exhibition Sponsors: Bristol Water, DAC Beachcroft, Quilter Cheviot and Rolls-Royce.


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