I primarily consider myself a filmmaker. My educational background is a BSc (first-class) honours in Film and Television Production from the University of Greenwich in London. My film career started with filming and editing educational videos at various universities around Europe, covering topics such as ecological restoration, sustainability and aquaponics.
Following this I relocated to Gobabeb, a Namib Desert research station in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. I lived in the central Namib Desert for two years, cultivating my interest and knowledge of the desert environment. My intentions were to make a natural history documentary. I would merge current scientific research with adaptation and behaviour. During my time at Gobabeb I also made several promotional videos for projects undertaken by the research station and published several popular natural history articles and photographs for a nationwide magazine and assisted several television film crews in obtaining wildlife and general footage. In 2018 I published a new observational note on termites in the Namib with the Ecological Society of America.
My documentary project, Namib: Surviving the Sand Sea, was completed in 2017 (click here). The film is currently being distributed across Namibia, being shown in schools as part of a capacity building initiative in environmental education, and is often screened during training sessions for the many students who visit Gobabeb each year.
© Oliver Halsey 2018