Africa 2013: Countdown To The Rains

Tigress Productions

As part of a large crew, I spent six weeks in Zambia’s South Luangwa NP filming for this three part BBC2 series. It was a critical time for wildlife within the reserve as rain hadn’t fallen for seven months and at the time of our arrival, it wasn’t looking immediately likely either.

We utilised many cameras including long lens P2, Canon 105, 5D, GoPro, Bushnells and numerous fixed IP cameras operated over a network. We also rigged 5 Camballs which I operated from our studio tent. These cameras were strategically positioned to maximise coverage of a mile of riverbank. We were fortunate with the footage we got as elephants, giraffes, lions, buffalo, hyena, hippos, crocs and a wealth of birdlife were all drawn to the river. KIngfishers regularly perched less than a metre from one camera and other larger animals would often pass unknowingly.

By the end of the shoot, there were many memorable sequences including a pair of lions who chose to rest beside a Camball and then passed several others before crossing the river and climbing the opposite bank. I also filmed a pair of Giraffes sparring for over two hours right beside another Camball.

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CAMBALL ON DRY RIVERBED

CAMBALL ON DRY RIVERBED