Fellow Story

Call for participants interested in learning how filmmakers and conservationists connect people, nature and climate

We invite Switzer Fellows to participate in a full day of events surrounding the use of film to communicate conservation science to a broad audience. These events—organized in concert with the Society for Conservation Biology North American Congress in Oakland, California—will include a workshop on conservation filmmaking best practices, offering opportunities to interact with many experts during a panel discussion and break-out group activities (see biographies of several panelists, below). The workshop will be followed by a networking reception and a showcase of films that are exemplary of collaboration between filmmakers and conservation practitioners.

The events are planned for July 17, 2012 in Oakland California.

Through a Switzer Innovation Grant, funding is available to partially support participation of Switzer Fellows in the filmmaking events. Please send an email to either Matt Hamilton (mhamilton(at)ucdavis.edu) or Kristy Deiner (kldeiner(at)ucdavis.edu) if you are interested.

Panelists include:

Greg Marshall is a biologist, inventor and filmmaker, who has dedicated his career to exploring and documenting the behavioral ecology of animals in remote or otherwise inaccessible environments. He is a two-time Emmy Award winner for cinematography and sound (National Geographic Specials “Great White Sharks” and “Sea Monsters: Search for the Giant Squid”).

 Kevin White has worked in media since 1980. He started Full Frame Productions in 1984 and co-founded the non-profit Filmmakers Collaborative SF in 1988. Kevin has produced dozens of award-winning films and several series.

Scott Stender is an award-winning independent producer, director, cameraman and editor with more than 20 years of experience in broadcast, commercial, corporate and documentary work. Scott’s documentary work has taken him from the African Savannah to the rainforests & fjords of Southern Chile, from the streets of Hong Kong and Athens to the remote Mexican Sierra del Tigre and way, way beyond.

Dr. Zeb Hogan has fifteen years of experience studying and exploring the world’s freshwater ecosystems. He is currently an assistant research professor at the University of Nevada-Reno, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species Scientific Councilor for Fish. Zeb also hosts the National Geographic Television series “Megafish”.

Mark Bauman brings more than 20 years of award-winning experience to his roles as Senior Vice President of Content Development for NG Mission Programs, and Executive Vice President of National Geographic Television. He has been recognized with numerous broadcast and print journalism honors, including an Emmy, more than a dozen Cine Golden Eagles, and various film festival awards.

Note - we have attached summary notes from the conference session here for your information. Contact Kristy Deiner or Matt Hamilton for more information.