Birds of the Lakes Return

Director: Matej Vranič
Country of Origin: Slovenia

Birds of the Lakes Return is a film showing how birds returned to an environment once devastated by industry. The author unveils astonishing details from the lives of birds. Some of them live in the vicinity of the people but are hardly ever spotted. The film also shows how industry nowadays coexists with this vibrant life. Birds of the Lakes Return is an excellent display of how a man can transform a once devastated natural area into a much friendlier environment.

In 2000, Vranič started as a Freelance photographer, 2006 he earned his Photography Master title, and in 2012, he won the competition Best photography of Slovenia and earned a few other awards.
Between 2009 and 2013, he prepared photo materials for many published articles in the National Geographic Slovenia magazine and he received the title “Slovenian Nature Photographer of the Year” in 2017.

Thirty years of his private interest in the animal world evolved into professional work in the fields of wildlife photography and later filming. He produced and directed many music and commercial videos.

He combined his knowledge and experiences from many years of photography, filming, with his interest in wildlife and, in 2016, he decided to produce his first wildlife documentary film Birds of the Lakes Return.

Producer: Matej Vranič
Writer: Matej Vranič
Production Assistant: Karmen Skornšek
Camera: Matej Vranič
Camera: Jernej Župevc
Camera: Andrej Voje
Camera: Denis Horvat
Camera Assistant: Karmen Skornšek
Drone Operator: Matej Nareks
Drone Operator: Tadej Živko
Drone Operator: Boris Branović
Photography: Matej Vranič
Archive Photos: Lojze Ojsteršek
Archive Photos: Rudi Ramšak
Edit & Color Grade (film): Matej Vranič
Edit & Color Grade (trailer): Matej Nahtigal
Music Composer: Leon Firšt
Original Sound: Matej Vranič
Original Sound: Karmen Skornšek
Archive Sound Effects: James Lidster
Archive Sound Effects: Joost van Bruggen
Archive Sound Effects: The British Library
Archive Sound Effects: Slovenian Myuseum of Natural History – Tomi Trilar
Archive Sound Effects: Pond5
Animation/Visual Effects: Džezz produkcija
Animation/Visual Effects: Media Vibre
Animation/Visual Effects: Jernej Župevc
Illustrator: Matevž Urbančnik
Foley Artist: Matej Vranič
Sound Editor: Borut Justin
Narrator: Philip Burt
Story Writer: Marjan Žiberna
Scientific Adviser: Dr. Davorin Tome
Scientific Adviser: Dr. Tomi Trilar