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Terry DriscollBy Terry Driscoll
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Terry DriscollBy Terry Driscoll
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About

Simson and the Rhinos

Many years ago Europeans and Americans descended upon Africa in order to shoot big game, their actions kicked off a devastating decline in wildlife across the continent. In recent years it's been predominantly people from the same areas that have been telling Africans to save their wildlife from extinction. Nobody can doubt the conservation work of the likes of Joy and George Adamson and David and Daphne Sheldrick but both David and George were big game hunters in their early lives. 

The time has come to promote a wildlife hero that has devoted his life to saving the last truly wild black rhinos in his home land of Namibia.

I am making a film about the life of Simson Uri-Khob and his journey from growing up in Damaraland in Northern Namibia to gaining a MSc from Kent university and becoming CEO of Save the Rhino Trust. Simson is now a globally respected conservationist and wildlife advocate.

The main aim of the film is to spread the word about rhino conservation and to inspire more Africans to take the lead in protecting their wildlife in order to enjoy the long term benefit of wildlife tourism rather than the short term gains from wildlife exploitation. Should the film be a commercial success the profits will be channelled into the Save the Rhino Trust in order to fund their work.

This project is aiming to raise £58,000 in order to make a promotional film that can then be used to gain funding from wildlife film commissioners. Mike Birkhead will work with me to get the promotional film made and to promote the film within the industry. Mike has made numerous important conservation films:

  • Tiger Crisis, the first film to examine the slaughter of tigers by poachers for skin and bone back in the early 90s. 
  • In 2007 Battle to save the tiger with Sir David Attenborough. 
  • Tiger Zero following the complete slaughter of all the tigers in one national park in India. 
  • Mike also made films of Machli the worlds most famous tiger. 

Other films include the life of Echo the Elephant. Mike and his team followed Echo and her family for years and even filmed the very last moment of Echo’s life as she passed away with one of her amazing friends Katito who, along with Cynthia Moss, had followed Echo and her family for nearly 40 years. Mike’s most recent films include H is for Hawk: A new Chapter Helen Macdonald's incredible story of overcoming grief through training a goshawk. 

Mike’s latest film is again with Sir David Attenborough, this time about the natural history of bird eggs.

http://mikebirkhead.com/index.html

Black Rhino by Tom Way
Black Rhino by Tom Way

Acclaimed wildlife photographer Tom Way will be working with the team to provide promotional photographs which will also be used as rewards for donations. Tom often leads wildlife photography tours in Africa and his freely given experience will be invaluable to the team.

 

Tom Way Photography
Tom Way Photography

 

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Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge will be persuading someone to commission the final film as we estimate that we will need a budget of £300k - £500k.

As part of the initial phase we will prepare a detailed project plan and budget as well as making the promotional film. Mike has vast experience in this area and has successfully been through the process on many occasions.

The story is compelling, Simson is a great guy and his work is a fascinating subject. Rhino conservation is very topical and this new twist on conservation film making should appeal to TV channels looking for content. I'm hoping that this film will also open new markets by making wildlife conservation more appealing to the vast population of the African continent.

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    Join the crew for a 5 day photographic safari to the film locations in Namibia with acclaimed wildlife and project photographer Tom Way, an invitation to an exclusive screening of the promotional film and a talk by award winning wildlife film maker Mike Birkhead, a DVD of the promotional film, a credit on the promotional film and an exclusive black rhino print signed by Tom Way

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