WHO WAS THE CLIENT?
WHAT WERE WE ASKED TO ACHIEVE?
Tusk supports communities, promotes education and protects wildlife in Africa. Each year, in partnership with its royal patron The Duke of Cambridge, it stages the Tusk Conservation Awards, celebrating outstanding examples of inspirational conservation work.
Spectrecom Films produced four short films to be shown at the 2014 awards, profiling each of the winners and nominees.
This particular film, the longest of the four, centred on Richard Bonham, the recipient of Tusk’s lifetime achievement award – The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa sponsored by Investec Asset Management.
HOW DID WE APPROACH THE BRIEF?
Director Matt Farman and camera operator James Adair travelled to Kenya to film with Richard, resulting in them capturing beautiful documentary footage of him amidst the wildlife and incredible natural environments.
The shoot was meticulously planned before the team departed the UK. Nevertheless, the unpredictable nature of location filming out on the plains of Kenya meant the crew still needed to be alert and inventive in order to make the most of every opportunity that came their way – a point underlined by James…
“During the shoot with Richard, we were staying at his house after a long day’s filming. He mentioned his swimming pool had recently been drained by some pretty thirsty elephants, and there was a chance they might still return. Of course the chance for an astro time-lapse with Kilimanjaro as the background and elephants in the foreground seemed way too good to pass up – and that’s exactly what we ended up getting.”
RESULTS AND REVIEWS
“Working with Spectrecom on this year’s Tusk Conservation Awards has been an absolute joy. Nothing has been too much trouble or effort and yet we threw their film crew into some of the remotest parts of the African bush to capture the incredible stories of this year’s nominees.”
“The results were fantastic and impressive. We cannot thank Arthur, Matt and James enough for their extraordinary commitment to this project.”
Charlie Mayhew MBE, Tusk Trust Chief Executive