In 2012, Africa Media launched the wildlife filmmaking program. The aim was simple: to introduce students to the real world of wildlife filmmaking, and give them solid grounding to break into the demanding industry. The program’s success was dependent on empowering the students to produce a professional wildlife documentary that could be used to showcase their abilities to prospective producers and commissioning editors in the wildlife filmmaking industry.
Over the past years, our students have produced over 80 short, 3-5 minute documentaries on a huge diversity of wildlife subjects. A number of these have achieved notable accolades, including Anne Goddard’s RHINO WARS that was selected best student film at the 3rd annual wildlife conservation film festival. Imogen Richards film, CHEETAH HOUSE, based on an unusual relationship between two toddlers and two cheetahs went viral, and was shown all over the world, including on CNN, ABC, Good Morning America and much more.
The program’s field work is conducted at a place called Schotia Safaris game reserve. Here, the owners and rangers go to lengths to help us achieve the footage for our films. It allows students an authentic African experience of living in the bush, and a platform to work as a team to produce original compelling wildlife content.
Ultimately, the stories produced represent the stories of wild Africa. They are a living history of a small but unique ecosystem in the natural world where lions roam, elephants trample, giraffe graze, buffalo stampede, rhino roll in mud, and wildebeest run wild like the mad hatters they are.
I hope you enjoy the work of our wonderful students, we certainly enjoyed making it!