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Amazon Rainforest Wildlife Documentary – ‘An Untamed Wilderness’ by Tristan Thompson HD
12 Oct 2013
The film follows some of the planet’s rarest, most unusual and most endangered species in their daily trials of life, exploring the rainforest in a journey spanning the high treetops to the low lying lakes and rivers.
Along the way, hidden cameras reveal an abundance of big cats and we encounter one of the worlds most beautiful and elusive birds, witnessing behaviours that have never been filmed before.
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Wildlife Extra writes about this film:
Amazon Rainforest Wildlife Documentary – ‘An Untamed Wilderness’
Remarkable first time documentary folmed [sic; filmed] by student with £250 worth of equipment.
October 2013. The following short documentary film … was filmed by Tristan Thompson, a 22 year old student currently studying his final year Conservation biology BSc at the University of the West of England.
Tristan spent almost a year living at a lodge on the Tambopata River from 2012- 2013 where he filmed ‘An Untamed Wilderness’.
Wildlife Extra asked Tristan about the film.
“The creation of the documentary was quite spontaneous, filming started out as a side project to other wildlife monitoring duties. But then the idea really clicked and I realised that this was the perfect medium with which to display the colour, beauty and diversity of the rainforest to anyone that might not be lucky enough to visit.”
Tourism is great for wildlife
“Tourism in the Tambopata region has been great for wildlife, it’s one of the few economic powers that doesn’t involve the exploitation & degradation of the rainfores[t], so one of my aims with this film was to encourage people to visit. Among the hundreds of tourists I met out there, an astounding amount held the view that the rainforest is an inhospitable place in which everything is out to kill you. This view I concluded was due in part to today’s media and I wondered how many people choose not to visit the rainforest because of it.”
“Such a big proportion of new wildlife programming relies on sensationalised battles between ‘nature’s deadliest‘ and so forth, in large this was not the rainforest I came to know and so I consciously tried to take a step back from that approach. Not to say the jungle is without its challenges, filming the scenes required a lot of patience and often hungry, soaked, dehydrated mosquito bitten, overnight stays out in the jungle waiting for sunrise when much of the wildlife is most active.”
£250 worth of equipment
“What’s great about today’s technology is that anyone with the determination can make a film like this. The whole thing was shot on a £250 handheld photo driven camera and put together on basic free editing software. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few years, wildlife films were being shot on smart phones.”
Mount Kenya degradation
“Much of my time there was spent investigating the impacts of tourism on terrestrial mammals, using camera traps in a collaborative study with Bournemouth University. Before that I had travelled through Spain and Kenya working on environmental projects. Witnessing the stark reality of the degradation of rainforest on Mt Kenya was what sparked my interest in rainforests worldwide. Leading me to where I am now with this film, trying to inspire, inform and amaze.”
November 2013: Moisture recycling means the Amazon rainforest may be more able to cope with dry conditions than previously thought, new research suggests: here.
November 2013: Deforestation in Brazil rose by 28 percent last year, according to new figures released by Brazil’s environment ministry. In total 5,843 sq km of Amazon rainforest – an area half the size of Jamaica – was cleared between August 2012 and July 2013: here.
Uncovering the private lives of Amazon wildlife through camera traps: here.
- An Untamed Wilderness: 22-Year Old Produces Documentary on the Peruvian Amazon (wakingtimes.com)
- What if the Amazon rainforest was lost? (voxxi.com)
- Risk of Amazon rainforest dieback is higher than IPCC projects (terradaily.com)
- 441 new species of animals and plants discovered in Amazon (richarddawkins.net)
- Purring monkey and vegetarian piranha among 400 new Amazon species (theguardian.com)
- New documentary highlights effects of climate change on world’s forests (greenwood-management.com)
- Amazon Rainforest Faces Drought, but Could Fight Against Dry Conditions (scienceworldreport.com)