I’ve been fascinated by the natural world for as long as I can remember and have enjoyed taking pictures since I was a child. I begun studying photography and taking pictures seriously around 2011. In 2012 I travelled to Namibia for the first time to volunteer in wildlife conservation; this helped to ignite my passion for wildlife filmmaking.
Since then I have achieved a BSc (first-class) honours in Film and Television Production and gone on to self-produce, shoot and edit science-themed educational videos at various universities around Europe. In 2015 I started to plan a trip to Africa to make a documentary about the natural world. I decided to take a unique opportunity to go back to Namibia where I would be based out of the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre in the central Namib Desert.
I lived at Gobabeb, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, from the beginning of 2016 through to 2018. My original intentions evolved as I began to work on my documentary. I would merge current scientific research with adaptation and behaviour of Namib Desert flora and fauna. During my time here I also made several promotional videos for projects undertaken by the research station and published several natural history articles and photographs for a nationwide magazine and assisted in environmental education from primary to tertiary level.
During my time at Gobabeb I learned much and developed new interests; I achieved more than I originally set out to achieve. My work took me on a winding and exciting path. I assisted scientific study, aiding in discoveries new to science, and helped film crews, notably for ITV and Smithsonian Channel, to obtain wildlife or general footage in the Namib.
My main documentary project, Namib: Surviving the Sand Sea, was completed in 2017 (click here) and had a successful premiere in the Namibian capital of Windhoek. DVDs have been distributed and used in schools across the country for environmental education classes.
As of 2018 I am now based in London, UK and planning my next projects. I am still as interested in wildlife filmmaking as ever, however my interests have expanded and I am now excited to pursue research on how media can be used to promote NGO’s, to educate and for science communication, especially in Namibia. Other film-related interests include visual anthropology. My unorthodox love for snails, especially terrestrial desert snails, and all things palaeo (but not the diet!) continues…
Canon C100 Mk 1
Canon 5D Mk 3
Sennheiser EW100 G3 radio mics
I also have a large collection of stock footage (1080p) including time-lapses (4k) and high-res photographs of landscapes, flora and fauna of the Namib Desert. Please use the contact page for any enquiries.
© Oliver Halsey 2018