18 October 2011

Wildlife Film-making



What does the future of wildlife film-making hold for us all? Wildlife Film-making - Looking to the Future (2011) is a new publication from Wildeye which attempts to answer this question.

As technology advances rapidly and viewers' options increase, this book presents a unique collection of views and advice that make it an invaluable resource for wildlife film-makers wishing to succeed in the years to come. The book is edited by Piers Warren (Wildeye Principal) with a foreword by Neil Nightingale (BBC NHU) and contains articles from many leading figures in the industry, plus case studies of numerous skilled practitioners. William Goodchild has contributed one of two composer case studies.

Full details of Wildlife Film-making - Looking to the Future are available HERE.

The book can be purchased on Amazon via this link HERE.

12 October 2011

Wild Amazon


Wild Amazon is a new two-part wildlife series directed and produced by Mitch Turnbull for Parthenon Entertainment in Bristol. The series, broadcast by National Geographic International, will be shown on the National Geographic Channel from Friday 28 October 2011 at 8:00 pm. William Goodchild composed and produced the music, co-writing this project with composer and guitarist Nick Pullin.

The series takes the viewer on a journey deep into the heart of the Amazon. Home to the largest rainforest and mightiest river on earth, the Amazon is dense with a huge array of animal and plant species, from the elusive jaguar to leaf-cutter ants. Using stunning photography, Wild Amazon showcases this extraordinary wilderness and the people with whom they share their home. The programme also investigates the environmental threats faced by the Amazon and the tests being carried out by scientists looking to understand the complex interrelationships between animals, plants and habitat.

Episode Guide
Wild Amazon: Cradle of Life explores the wildlife of the Amazon basin including flowers that trap beetles to change sex overnight. The threat of human activity in the region is also covered in this episode.

Wild Amazon: Savage Realm explores strategies for survival from the canopy to the forest floor, including a tiny frog which protects a tarantula.

See HERE for details about broadcasts.

Earth Music Bristol: Coral Triangle


Nature Picture Library in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has commissioned William Goodchild to write and produce music for a new stills photography project called Coral Triangle to first be shown at Earth Music Bristol this November.

The Coral Triangle covers 6 million square kilometers across the seas of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands.

Between March 2009 and August 2011 J├╝rgen and Stella Freund undertook an 18-month photojournalistic expedition into the heart of the Coral Triangle, investigating the connectivity between the wildlife and peoples of the region, and the threats they face. Commissioned by WWF, this top photographic team has captured all the beauty and richness of a region often referred to as the 'nursery of the seas'. 

William will be introducing Coral Triangle and talking about music for wildlife film at a 'Meet the Film Composer' session as part of Earth Music Bristol. This session will take place at 11:00 am on Wednesday 23 November 2011 at St. George's Bristol

Earth Music Bristol, a festival of music inspired by the living world and the forces of nature, is presented by St. George's Bristol in association with BBC Radio 3. The festival's Founder and Artistic Director is Edward Cowie and the Co-Director is Suzanne Rolt. Details of festival events, including concerts and talks, and how to book can be found HERE.

6 October 2011

Talk: Wildlife Film - Working with Music


Using clips from recent BBC, Nat Geo and Animal Planet projects, I shall be giving a talk on writing and producing music for wildlife film, as part of the Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival 2011. The talk runs from 7.00 - 8.00 pm on Friday 7 October 2011 and will take place at the Blue Tower Theatre, Shepton Mallet. Full details of the talk including how to book, and location directions, are available HERE