Wildlife Filmmaking 101

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by Malaika Vaz (proposing) on Sunday, October 1, 2017

Interactive Media & Cinema

Session type

Technical level

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The objective of this workshop is to give participants an understanding of the fundamentals of wildlife filmmaking and empower them to begin telling compelling natural history stories. The workshop will be geared towards amateur photographers/filmmakers who want to take their work to the next level, as well as those interested in taking a first step towards making wildlife and nature documentaries, enabling them to tell impactful stories of the wilderness that surrounds us!


This workshop will give participants a glimpse into the exciting world of wildlife filmmaking.

The speakers will take the participants through the entire process - from planning a film, successfully executing a shoot and post production, including elements such as:
- Identifying stories and researching effectively before a shoot - Planning and writing a compelling script - Planning to have the right equipment for your shoot - Basics of Camerawork - Executing a shoot and getting the right sequences to tell your story - Basics of editing and editing workflow

The workshop will also delve into the insights, adventures and personal experiences of the speakers working on different projects across India. There will be a focus on the importance of finding the right stories about our environment and telling them in a way that can create impact.


A camera, if you have one - but not required.

Speaker bio

An emerging cameraman from Bangalore, India, Nitye Sood has spent the past couple of years traveling extensively across the Indian subcontinent, documenting incredible biodiversity, uncharted terrain and the beauty of the lush outdoors. Affiliated with production house Felis Creations since 2014, Nitye has been involved in projects ranging from filming endangered Hoollock Gibbons in Assam to capturing the rare mating behavior of Indian Bullfrogs in the Western Ghats. He has assisted with documenting species like Himalayan Black Bears, Asiatic Lions, King Cobras and Rhinos with renowned networks like the BBC, National Geographic and Animal Planet. A gritty outdoorsman - Nitye is an accomplished mountaineer, scuba-diver and is learning the art of surfing on the charming Sri Lankan coast.

Malaika Vaz is a 20-year-old adventure sports athlete, social entrepreneur, wildlife filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer. She is a National level windsurfing champion, PADI rescue diver, Endurance horse rider and sailor. Malaika’s expeditions and adventures have taken her across all 7 continents, and she is the youngest person to participate in research expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic and became India’s youngest certified pilot at 16. She has previously worked to empower women victims of violence, disadvantaged youth and children from criminally labelled tribal communities through the organisation ‘Kriya: Empowerment through Action.’ Malaika has directed and presented two short documentaries, and is passionate about documenting the relationship between humans and the natural world. She is the Indian Director for the Indo-Pak Climate Peace conference and the Project Lead for the Manta Trust in India.