Transforming Wildlife Storytelling With Cutting-Edge Technology
September 29, 2017 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
WASHINGTON & JACKSON HOLE, Wyo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nat Geo WILD, in partnership with RED Digital Cinema, announced Samuel Guiton as the winner of Nat Geo WILD’s RED Challenge at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Awards ceremony on Sept. 28 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
“The impact RED cameras have had on Nat Geo WILD’s projects is immeasurable so we were thrilled to give up-and-coming filmmakers the opportunity to take them out for a test drive”
The Challenge put cutting-edge RED cameras in the hands of select wildlife filmmakers for the first time to create short films with a modern take on the natural history genre. RED cameras are known for their use in Hollywood, but their lightweight modular design and incredible image quality make them ideal for any project. As the winner, Guiton will receive a RED Digital Cinema Weapon 8KS35 camera package and production gear valued at $75,000.
Guiton’s film, Spiral, follows a snail on an epic journey home, battling through a microscopic world of adventure and danger. Guiton is a filmmaker who specializes in macro photography rooted in scientific knowledge. His master’s degree in behavioral biology and his passion for photography led him to the world of wildlife filmmaking. Guiton’s goal is to raise audience awareness of wildlife conservation by offering them the possibility to learn and dream at the same time.
“The impact RED cameras have had on Nat Geo WILD’s projects is immeasurable so we were thrilled to give up-and-coming filmmakers the opportunity to take them out for a test drive,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager, Nat Geo WILD. “It’s almost unheard for a filmmaker to get this level of camera equipment to make a project of their choice, no strings attached. It was incredible to see how they took advantage of the technology.”
“I was really impressed with what I saw from each of the finalists,” said Jarred Land, president of RED Digital Cinema. “We’re looking forward to getting Samuel his own RED camera as part of the grand prize package so he can keep up his impressive brand of storytelling.”
Other finalists include Ben Masters’ Wildlife and the Wall, focusing on the impact of President Trump’s proposed US/Mexico border wall on the area’s wildlife; and Jack Wylsons’ The Call of the Sky, about the escapism of bird watching.
All seven finalists’ films are available to watch on National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD’s YouTube channels, and on RED Digital Cinema’s YouTube channel. The films will also be available to stream on Hulu.com through November 27.
About RED Digital Cinema
RED Digital Cinema is a leading manufacturer of professional digital cameras and accessories. In 2006, RED began a revolution with the 4K RED ONE digital cinema camera. By 2008, RED had released the Digital Stills and Motion Camera system that allowed the same camera to be used on features like “The Hobbit” trilogy and “The Martian,” Emmy-winning shows like “House of Cards” and covers of magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. The cameras of RED’s DSMC2 line — RED RAVEN, SCARLET-W, RED EPIC-W and WEAPON — combine compact and lightweight design, superior image quality, incredible dynamic range, modularity and cutting-edge performance, including up to 8K resolution. In 2017, RED’s newest 8K sensor, HELIUM, set the new image quality standard with the highest DxOMark score ever.
About National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeowild.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.