23 October 2015

Wildlife Film Roadshow

Ever wanted to know what’s involved in making incredible wildlife film and TV? Are you a future star of the industry?

Simon King with binoculors

Presenter Simon King

Meet industry experts from producers and camera crew, to runners and editors to find out how it all works from the professionals themselves.

  • Hear insider secrets and real life experiences
  • Handle specialist kit
  • Have a go at being a wildlife presenter
  • Come face to face with a T-Rex jaw
  • PLUS meet presenter Simon King (Big Cat Diary, Springwatch, Blue Planet and much more) in the afternoon between 1pm – 4pm.

Part of the events programme in support of Nature, Camera, Action! The secrets of making incredible wildlife films. Part of the Bristol 2015 programme of events.

Main image: © John Downer Productions

What’s On

Have a go at being a wildlife TV presenter (with Garry Green)
This activity uses technology commonplace at the BBC. As you read your script, you will appear to viewers to be in a totally different location – perhaps deep underwater with sharks… Good luck!

Making sound effects with Paul Ackerman
The art of Foley! Paul will demonstrate some of the sounds made with natural history props, and then you can have a go yourself… It might even be recorded and played back with a film clip, so you can see how well you’ve done.

Meet presenter Simon King, between 1pm and 4pm
Simon is a Naturalist, Author and Broadcaster and is well known for his presenting work on popular series such as Big Cat Diary, Springwatch and Autumnwatch as well as his series Simon King’s Shetland Diaries. Here you can talk to him about his work and the programmes he’s presented, and buy signed books and calendars.

Meet Spyturtle and Spytuna (with Rob Pilley of John Downer Productions)
Join producer Rob Pilley on a highly interactive stall where you can get up close and personal with the SpyCreatures featured in the BBC TV series ‘Dolphins – Spy in the Pod’ and ‘Penguins – Spy in the Huddle’. Rob will also be on hand to answer all your questions about how the programmes were made.

BBC Natural History Unit stall (with Billy Clarke, Dani Godwin and Bertie Allison)
See a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle, or Drone) that is used for filming aerial shots. Dani will be demonstrating her Foxwatch website and film. Bertie will be talking about his recent graduation and show his own film. BBC producers and directors will drop in to talk to visitors during the day.

Meet cameraman Doug Allan
Doug is a freelance wildlife / expedition/ underwater cameraman and photographer. Chat to him about any aspect of wildlife filming, and the kit and souvenirs he’s brought with him, including a polar bear tooth. Cards and copies of his book Freeze Frame – A wildife cameraman’s adventures on ice will also be available.

UWE MA Wildlife Filmmaking course (with Peter Venn, students and recent graduates)
UWE’s MA Wildlife Filmmaking course gives budding filmmakers an outstanding opportunity to work with the BBC Natural History Unit here in Bristol, the ‘Hollywood of Wildlife Film’. Meet course leader Peter Venn, find out how the course works and the kinds of things students get involved with, and watch some of their final project films.