Sophie Darlington on her wildlife filming career
How do the world’s best photographers achieve their most famous shots? What does it take to be a director of photography on a high-end feature film? What are the dilemmas wildlife filmmakers have to consider on a daily basis? And how much gear do you really need to move from being a hobbyist to a professional photographer?
You’ll find out the answer to these and many more questions in Shutter Stories, the new podcast from Canon. Every fortnight we’ll release a new episode that goes in-depth with some of the leading lights in photography and filmmaking today. Here is what’s coming up in the first few episodes…
For the pilot episode, we talked to wildlife camerawoman Sophie Darlington. With a career that has included high-profile work for the BBC and Disneynature, she is at the forefront of modern natural history photography. In the episode, she tells us about how she made the unlikely leap from working on 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' to getting her first break in wildlife photography, the importance of choosing the right lens and some of the ethical issues that occur in her work.
Next, we have an episode about the rarified world of stop motion animation, with an interview with Director of Photography Tristan Oliver. In the course of a 20-year career, he has become one of only a handful of DoPs to specialise in the form. He has worked for Aardman Animations on 'Wallace and Gromit' and on high profile feature films including 'ParaNorman' and 'Fantastic Mr Fox'. In the episode, we talk about his second collaboration with iconoclastic director Wes Anderson - the superb 'Isle of Dogs'.
Coming up, we have an episode dedicated to television broadcaster and national treasure, Chris Packham. As well as being a presenter and an outspoken activist, he is a passionate wildlife photographer and a judge for numerous competitions. In the podcast, he talks about how autism has impacted on his work, the lengths he goes to to get the perfect shot and his ruthlessly self-critical streak. It offers a fascinating insight into the work of one of the most prominent naturalists.
Photojournalist James Nachtwey has spent his life documenting some of the most dramatic – and often very dangerous – areas of disaster and conflict in the world. He was at Ground Zero on 9/11, has covered the European refugee crisis and been on the frontline in numerous warzones. In this fascinating interview, conducted live by the London Imperial War Museum’s curator of photography, Hilary Roberts, he discusses his 40+ year career and what the future may hold for this most-vital of genres.
All of that is just the start… We have big plans for Shutter Stories, as you will hear over the coming months, and we hope you’ll join us for them. Listen and subscribe to Shutter Stories, available where you normally find podcasts:Listen on Apple Podcasts
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