I can't believe I am suddenly in my sixth week of this course - it is passing me by way too fast and I feel like I still have a very long way to go! Once again it has been a hectically busy week so please excuse the lack of wildlife blog posts... I promise I will do my best in the future!
This week kicked off with a talk from the BBC NHU's Health and Safety officer Alistair Rickman. Now I have a lot of respect for this man who has to keep charge of safety of wildlife filmmakers who just want to do everything they can to get the shot... What a job! But there is a reason that most camera men come back alive after a shoot and that is because of responsible pre-planning and risk assessments... *yawn* I know it sounds boring, but we wouldn't be where we are today without them - I promise you!
A highlight for me this week has to be a visit from Dr Ted Oakes - the producer of programs such as Bear Family and Me, Polar Bear Family and Me, and Operation Snow Tiger. This is a man with passion and a desire to share what he has learnt over the years, and my god did I feel inspired by him! He spoke about creating films that highlight our troubled relationship with nature and the importance of using stories to change peoples perception of wildlife - something that is really important to me in my future career. I was particularly pleased when he tweeted that day "A privilege to talk with the best Natural History Film-making degree in the world. I hope it was useful". I really am honoured to be a part of a course that is held in such high esteem by the top wildlife filmmakers in the world.
This week I have also been busy filming at The Island in Bristol for our short part in an episode of Brilliant Britain that will be aired on The Community Channel in January. It was a tough job with so much to film we were very tight on time. The Island is an incredible place of artists, dancers, circus trainers and all kinds of different things going on every day. It was originally an old police station which was taken over by the company ArtSpace LifeSpace, run by the ringmaster of The Invisible Circus which we also filmed. We learnt a lot this week and I must say made quite a few mistakes, but I have high hopes that we have done enough to do justice to this wonderful place.
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