We were commissioned to get some content for Chessington World of Adventures of a newly arriving Lion. Although everyone has heard the famous “working with Animals/Children” quote, this turned out fun and different from the norm.
Because of the unknowns and uncontrollable elements such as weather, animals, arrival time etc this is very much an adapt as needed and capture the footage we can. The project is usually ½ day onsite, and then fast edit turnaround of some footage that can go out to news channels for them to use as needed. We also create a mini edit usually an interview of the zoo keeper and some of the animal arrival footage for a dedicated social piece for Chessington World of Adventures Web Site.
Following the success of the first project, we have since filmed new Giraffes, Owls, Sea Lions at Halloween, Baby Penguins born in the rain, Lion Cubs, Gorillas etc
Because of the nature of these projects, and the basic requirements, the project is typically completed by one person in 24-48 hours, sometimes sooner and because the onsite requirement is to stay mobile and adaptable, we don’t need Hollywood level of equipment and crew, just one person with suitable camera setup