On 20th March James Manisty, an OR from A Social, came to talk to Biologists, amongst others, about his experience of wildlife film-making. James has worked alongside David Attenborough in projects such as Conquest of the Skies and Micromonsters: both of which used the most recent 3D camera technology which cost up to £60,000 a day. He even wrote David Attenborough a brief on Barack Obama for an interview, with a day’s notice.
James started by talking about his route into film-making, an extremely difficult field to get into. Working in the National Archive he continued to progress up through the ranks, to researcher, where he would find stories for the nature programmes we see today and then up to being the director who organises the shoot of these spectacles.
James further spoke of his experiences as a wildlife film-maker, using examples such as when he was in the Borneo jungle searching for butterflies, or in the Amazon filming the exodus of bats from a giant cave.
Afterwards and beforehand a small group of boys were able to try out his virtual reality kit, which he used recently to document indigenous tribes in the rainforest. All who went to the talk itself, as well as the sessions either side, were enthralled by the great stories James had to offer.
Report by Ben Broughton, J Social 6.1