My goal was to film a few animals at the wildlife park that were not fact heavy. I spent 2 days with a team of university students fuelled with warm cups of tea and cold weather clothing. Each animal is introduced by a presenter to give the video a personal feel.
About the Park
After speaking with the owner about access to the animals, I was able to arrange two full days of filming at the park.
Shooting Video Safely
The main challenge was not being able to enter the more 'dangerous' animal enclosures. We were not allowed to film inside the wolves, giant otter and lynx enclosures. This decision was made by the park as a safety measure and although the shots suffered as a result I was using the Canon prime lens (200mm), which seemed to soften the fence and allow me to punch through the wire for those tighter shots.
Prior to filming I was unaware of how much extra time you need to allocate when including a presenter. Having university deadlines reduced the amount of time I could allocate to this project, but hopefully children enjoy watching these short videos about animals.
The camera I used on these shoot was a Canon C300 camera (University Kit) with a 24mm prime and a 200mm prime lens. Some content in the videos was shot on a Canon 5D MKII. I had a sound recordist and a camera assistant with me. An editor and sound design student was used for the post sound design and editing.
Aaron is a cameraman. He uses a personalised approach when making films.