Its a great challenge to film wildlife. They say don’t work with children or animals for a reason. They really have no regard for the best light, the best angle or when to take flight. A great wildlife cameraman is someone who has a great understanding of wildlife. If you get to know an animal’s behaviour, you can anticipate when they will move, be spooked or react. That’s when you get the magic moments. One rule I always remember when approaching an animal that may take off is to get a shot first from your first position. Then edge closer improving your shot. Film again. Then move closer still. An easy mistake is to go for the best position possible first but you are much more likely to miss the shot completely. Of course filming from hides is the best scenario. We were fortunate to shoot from an incredible hide in Botswana at a water hole. Over 50 elephants turned up and put on an amazing display of mud baths, interactions, baby play and some tussles.
Ms Gingham says: Why is it that I sat not only in awe while watching this but I actually got a little emotional too? These majestic creatures are captured with such talent and skill in this film and I enjoyed it so much! Thankyou Abraham!
About Abraham: Abraham Joffe has established himself as one of Australia’s top wedding and event filmmakers. He has a great passion for storytelling and filmmaking in the real world.
Abraham Joffe of Untitled Filmworks is a ridiculously talented wedding cinematographer as well. You can view his body of work on vimeo and contact him here.