Half a million views on YouTube and counting
Earlier this year I licensed my YouTube video clip Wonder of Slime – Slugs & Snails on a Razor’s Edge to October Films, for use in the Discovery Channel series Outrageous Acts of Science. In the series, presenters and experts explain the science behind some of the amazing video clips of natural phenomenon, animal behaviour and human achievement that can be found on the internet. The programme, 50th in the series, went out in the USA at the end of June and since then the number of views of this clip on my YouTube Channel have risen from a modest few hundred to, at today’s count, 549,545.
Below are a few still captures from the programme and a link to my YouTube clip. Until the programme is broadcast in the UK I can’t provide a link to Outrageous Acts of Science.
Waterproof Li-ion battery floodlight for outdoor macro filming
New Wildlife Showreel on Vimeo
Panasonic GH4 & CineGearPro cage
Powerful lights in a very compact package.
The unit can be modified to operate eg. Sony Alpha A7, Canon 5D, 7D etc.
The Private Life of Plants on BBC2
David Attenborough's THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS documentary series is currently being repeated on BBC2 on Saturday mornings. First broadcast in 1995, the 6-part series featured a great deal of timelapse and motion control photography to reveal insights into plant biology never before revealed. I worked on the GROWING programme in the series and for several months had 4 Bolex 16mm film timelapse cameras running continuously in my studio.
Nine of my Vimeo Channel videos are to be showcased on the BioWall in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA from this month.
The BioWall is an outdoor public space art and education video installation featuring non-commercial, life sciences, artistic and educational programming. Measuring 16’x9′, it is a state of the art HD video display offering a platform to educators, artists, students, scientists, and the community for the purpose of public enlightenment and entertainment. The BioWall exists through the sponsorship of United Therapeutics Corporation, which specializes in manufacturing medicines to treat the rare disease pulmonary arterial hypertension. The BioWall is intended to operate 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week. www.thebiowall.org
Back on the BBC after 24 years and in HD.
I was one of the main contributors to the 12-part BBC natural history series THE TRIALS OF LIFE, first broadcast in 1990, so I’m very pleased that it is being repeated on BBC2 and BBC2 HD from Saturday 13th September. The programmes are being shown over a 4 week period, 3 programmes each Saturday morning at 8.30, 9.30 & 10.30am.
Deep Focus Macro Lens System
A demonstration of my Macroscope deep focus macro system, now configured to work on Micro Four Thirds size sensors as in the Panasonic GH3 and GH4 cameras. Available to hire with myself as camera operator only.
Wired For Sound
Taken delivery of a TASCAM DR-60D Linear 4 Track PCM Field Recorder / Mixer for DSLR cameras.
Godzilla & the Slug 2
GODZILLA opened in UK cinemas on the 15th and I was very pleased to see that my slug embryo video clip has been used in the film. The slug shot appears about 45 minutes into the movie, during a sequence where the lead character, Lt. Ford Brody ( Aaron Taylor-Johnson ) is being given a briefing on board the USS Saratoga. Scientists are showing him archive footage of Godzilla and his enemy Muto on a video projector, and the slug shot appears on screen as an embryonic Godzilla.
Last month I licensed one of my Panasonic GH3 video clips to Warner Brothers, for use in the forthcoming feature film GODZILLA. An editor at Prologue Films, the FX company for the film, spotted my shot of a slug embryo on You Tube. The film is released on May 16th. At the moment I don’t know where the shot appears in the film, or even if it made it to the theatrical release version, but for the time being here is the GODZILLA trailer:
Noah's Dogs - a new website for dogs and dog lovers
This is the launch video for NOAH's DOGS, the new matchmaking website for dogs and dog lovers. http://www.noahsdogs.com .
I am camera operator and stills photographer on this project, filmed on RED cameras at the ANIMALS ON BLUE studios in Buckinghamshire.
Save The Bees campaign
EJF ( Environmental Justice Foundation ) and PAN UK ( Pesticide Action Network ) are working to protect Britain's bees and pollinators. They've produced a short film which explains why bees are so important to our food supplies and economy. I supplied some footage of bumble bees and hover flies for the film.
The film can be viewed on Vimeo here http://vimeo.com/62417267#
For more information on the Save The Bees campaign go to http://www.ejfoundation.org/bees
Visions of the Arabian Desert
MAY - SEPTEMBER 2012
I've spent the Summer working as Wildlife Director of Photography on a 20 minute feature film for the Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The film will be presented at the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre at the Wildlife Park in 2013, projected on to a 19 x 10 metre cinema screen. For more information on the project, and my experience of shooting in temperatures of 55°C with a RED EPIC, see my blog at http://stevedownerfilms.wordpress.com/
The Seasons, with Alan Titchmarsh. On ITV3 in March
THE SEASONS, WITH ALAN TITCHMARSH.
The 4 episodes of the series will be broadcast weekly on ITV3 from Monday 12th March, at 9.00pm.
Tarka the Otter - the making of the classic feature film
Now, 35 years on since we began filming TARKA THE OTTER in the actual locations that Henry Williamson described so beautifully in his novel, Peter Talbot has published a book telling the story of how the film was brought to the screen. In particular, Peter’s book tells of the two years he spent with the very special little otter who plays the part of Tarka in the film.
TARKA AND ME is available for download on Amazon from this week at
Wildscreen Festival Panda Awards 2010
I filmed the sequences of Kangaroo joeys in the pouch for this programme.
The Seasons, with Alan Titchmarsh. Broadcast dates
A DVD of the programmes will be available from May 31st.
A CD of the music used in the series, specially composed by Howard Goodall, is available from May 17th.
The Seasons, with Alan Titchmarsh
The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos
A link to the trailer of the film can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi406454809/
In The Womb - Extreme Animals
OCTOBER 2008. The Pioneer Productions / FOX TV Studios / National Geographic film IN THE WOMB - EXTREME ANIMALS will be broadcast in the UK on Channel Four, Monday 20th October 2008 at 9pm.
Using ground-breaking photographic techniques, state-of-the-art graphics and 4D scanning, the programme follows the embryonic journey of four animals - a kangaroo, a lemon shark, a Emperor penguin and a parasitic wasp.
I contributed to the kangaroo section of this programme, filming baby kangaroos in the pouch using a High Definition endoscope system.
A Telegraph article about the programme can be found here : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/10/15/nosplit/bvtvanimalwomb15.xml