Find out more about our videos and the filmmaking process!
What kinds of videos have you made so far?
We have an ever growing selection of videos on our website. So far, we've made films on how to make bird boxes and bug hotels, how to go pond dipping and how to set up your bird feeders. We've shown how to grow a wildflower meadow, and also have films on helping specific species like badgers and hedgehogs.
Why do you make these videos?
Because we love wildlife and we love film! We want to create something wonderful to inspire you, your auntie, your brother, your offspring, your best friend and your dog how to do something more for the wildlife in your garden. We think wildlife gardening is something that anyone can do, as long as you have the right information, and we believe that videos are a great tool to get this information across.
I have an awesome animal/crazy wildlife behaviour/great new wildlife gardening technique which would make a wonderful film subject! What should I do?
Get in touch - we'd love to hear from you! Depending on where you are in the country it might not be feasible for us to come and film, but you don't know until you ask. We are always looking for keen wildlife gardeners who have interesting or unusual visitors to their garden as well as people who have gone to extreme lengths to create habitat or a food source for their garden visitors, so if this sounds like you, get in touch here.
Who are the filmmakers?
Laura plans, presents and edits the film, with the help of some wonderful volunteers, who operate cameras and jib cranes, record sound, take photographs and much more. You can find out about them all here.
What equipment are you using?
We are shooting with a Panasonic AF101, which is a lovely camera for wildlife filmmaking. It has interchangeable lenses so we can easily switch to a range of photographic lenses for macro shooting. We use a Hague HDV Boom K8 jib crane and edit using Final Cut Pro X.
We are also using some specialist wildlife filmmaking equipment such as nest box cameras, timelapse cameras and underwater cameras.
How do I make my own first film?
Get your hands on a video camera, or beg and borrow from your older brother or rich aunt, and get shooting, even if it's just on your mobile phone at first! Your ideas, creativity and patience are much more important than how expensive your equipment is. Have patience in your garden, and remember, animals aren't like actors and won't turn up on time or do something again if you miss it (well, not all actors do that either!).
Once you have your footage, get to grips with some editing software (even if you aren't ready to buy editing equipment you will probably find you already own Microsoft Moviemaker on a PC or iMovie on a Mac). There are plenty of tutorials on youtube, but if you get stuck, why not ask a question in the filmmaking section of our forum?
Remember, persistence is key, you might not get it right first time, or even the tenth, but keep trying and soon you're bound to become the proud producer of a wildlife filmmaking masterpiece!
More photos from filming
- Bird Box Video Shoot - Andy with the ladder
Some snapshots from our first 'how to' video film shoot. On this video we show how to make a nest box and discuss positioning.
We have plenty more photos taken during filming in the garden. Feel free to take a look around our dedicated gallery for more.