Saving the Wild takes a new approach on telling stories about conservation by showing its triumphs as well as tragedies. The films take us into the complex, tooth and claw world of Africa’s wild, offering revealing insights into the lives of the most iconic and dangerous animals on earth and the very real risks of protecting
them. With cutting-edge research and heartbreaking corruption, Saving the Wild will both alarm and entertain. It offers a look into the future of Africa’s wildlife, one in which the politics of conservation will require survival strategies far more creative and powerful than those practiced anywhere in the world today. It’s a series that shows courage against impossible odds, a masterly blend of science, adventure, and storytelling, and an urgent call to action that will captivate a new generation of viewers. Crossing international borders and sharing touching stories, the series is undiluted, showing both triumph and tragedy. The work is often brutal and occasionally confronting, however it’s the reality of what’s necessary for effective conservation (at least in the
eyes of these world-renowned professionals). It’s not just the success stories that we normally hear in the
media. It’s a truthful glimpse, showing the flip-side of conservation that’s conventionally kept out of the
public view. The tone is observational. A broad look at wildlife conservation with a fly-on-the-wall view of the details on the ground. It shows the blood, sweat and tears that those at the forefront of the industry endure, but
ultimately, it’s about wild animals.The human imprint is light. We follow their process, but no individual or
organisation leaps out to explain or narrate. And the results…Was it worth it? Could there be another way? We
challenge the audience to answer these questions.
BEHIND THE SCENES
BEHIND THE SCENES
A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
Wildlife Conservation comes with several massive challenges nobody knows about. The general discussion often fails to inform about the major issues and the sacrifices that sometimes have to be made in order to save more lives.
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
Saving the Wild educates the audience on vital issues that haven't been widely discussed and it will help those within the conservation industry to better understand the arena they operate in.
What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?
We hope that each individual who watches the documentary will understand the struggles better and the significance of species conservation. This creates more awareness for people in everyday life situations and around environmentally friendly behaviour. We especially hope to create donations made by individuals as well as larger businesses.
These donations can help to support conservation programmes as well as poverty which is a major issue for conservation and a driver of poaching.
We also hope that we can reach scientists and activists so that together we can increase the pressure on governments and international illegal trade of wildlife and wildlife products.
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
Our cinematographer is also on the ground working in conservation operations based in South Africa. We work very closely with anybody who is part of the project. We communicate least once per week with our contacts in South Africa regarding expert knowledge to make sure to deliver 100% true facts.
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
Having more awareness in their everyday life routing, informing themselves further about the topic; scientists starting to support the project; increasing the pressure on government to change the system
Measurement and Evaluation
What is the projects indicators for success?
- We will monitor the amount of donations to our partners in cooperation with the organisations after the release of the documentary as well as throughout the campaign. Significant increases in donations will show that our message has been understood and the campaign was successful
- Reactions on social media and general public response in the media