We've had an extremely busy time during the fourth week of Wildlife Filmmaking: working on our commissioned project for Brilliant Britain, coming up with ideas for short UK wildlife stories, workshops on editing, talks from Mark Wild - BBC NHU's Development lead, Mark Steer - a UWE biology lecturer and Dave Bird - camera trap expert. Alongside this myself and three other students arranged a visit to Slimbridge Wetlands and Wildfowl centre to practice our camera and sound techniques! Pheewww, no wonder I'm exhausted!
Once there was a Stone Age, a Bronze Age and now we are in the middle of the Plastic Age
This is a quote from 18 year old Boyan Slat talking on Ted Talks last year. He has a major concern - something that I wasn't even aware of until this week (thanks to a talk from UWE's biology lecturer Mark Steer) but should be shouted out far and wide: Plastics are getting into our rivers, waterways and eventually making it out into our oceans. In fact our oceans are so overloaded with plastics that a clean-up has been deemed virtually impossible... It's not just the big pieces, but over time these plastics are broken down into what is called "microplastic" - microscopic pieces that are causing irreversible damage to the environment.
I've sat with lions, elephants, leopards, cheetahs - some of the biggest and most well known mammals you can imagine, but having spent my entire 22 years of life living in the UK I am ashamed to say I have never seen a badger, a truly British mammal, in real life. That is, I hadn't, until last night!
So week three on my MA and we've been given what I see as an enormous task - we have been asked in groups of four to create five minute films for a program which will be airing on The Community Channel in January! Three weeks experience... do we really has what it takes to make a film for real tv?
When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money"