Crew filming "Loved by All: The Story of Apa Sherpa," directed by Eric Crosland. Crew filming “Loved by All: The Story of Apa Sherpa,” directed by Eric Crosland.

Who doesn’t want to record incredible footage!

Those who attend the NatureTrack Film Festival often marvel at footage that seems almost impossible to record on film. We have been fortunate to have many filmmakers attend over the last two years to talk about their films being screened, answer questions, and explain the techniques and thought process that went into their creative decisions. Many of them are self-taught, many have attended film school, or have been mentored by other professionals in the field. We always enjoy hearing their perspective and eagerly look forward to meeting the new filmmakers and welcoming back our NTFF seasoned filmmakers.

For amateurs, filming a story can be a bit daunting. Most of us just try to muddle through and hope it turns out ok. Wistfully though, we all desire to learn just enough to improve on the casual films captured on trips or during special occasions.

Luckily, in a quick search online, a myriad of self-help lessons are there for the browsing to the casually curious. One site, BBC Earth, offers almost a dozen little insights into their process that are very interesting to read.

BBC Earth produces some of the most amazing nature films recorded in recent history. Their mission, “Think beyond your everyday world, and experience the Universe as it really is,” allows them to cover “anything from big questions about our Universe to the road to humanity and how we got here; from understanding how life itself evolved to the catastrophes that shaped our planet, and the weird and wonderful behaviours of the species that call Earth home.”

Within BBC Earth’s website, there is a tab dedicated to information about different filming techniques. From capturing “sounds of nature” to  “filming with remotely operated cameras” to “working with animals for wildlife films”, BBC Nature offers 9 different little explanations into how they captured incredible footage, which might help you in your nature filmmaking!


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