Hey, I'm Arran!
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Just in case your browser brought you here accidentally, Nature Tripper is a big old mix of thoughts, photos, and videos dedicated to my need for exploring nature. From the coasts of Southern Africa to my bog standard back garden in the UK.
I would like to think you might find this site remotely interesting (but I guess we'll just have to see)
A Peculiar Taste
My first ever Wildlife documentary, filmed over a 7-day period at Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve in South Africa.
This film examines how different species (warthogs, elephants, and termites), employ peculiar feeding behaviours in order to adapt to their changing environment; the grasslands of the savannah.
I had the most incredible time as a wildlife filmmaking intern in South Africa, not only meeting and learning from so many awesome people and experts but I was also able to learn the basics of writing and producing a natural history film. I developed technical skills with regards to camera work, audio recording, and editing, which I did on Premiere Pro.
The experience provided invaluable insight into the challenges faced when out in the field filming wildlife, and I look forward to taking on all the knowledge I've gained towards future film projects.
Synopsis: There is one thing that is certain about the nature of existence: we are all fumbling around blindly in the dark. This dark room, that is our lives, is spent trying to make sense of who we are, what we are meant to do, and what is the purpose of our being here. Because we have so few clues with which to tackle this existential inquiry, the human race has composed a number of theories.
The imagery involved in these theories is often as beautifully imaginative, as the writing is poetic.
Kalam Cosmology is a visual exploration, and a combination, of two of these theories. Akupara the world turtle placed in the philosophical context of Aristotle's "the unmoved mover". If there is an answer to our blind quest, it sits in the realm of the imagination.
This is the first time I've been offered the chance to put my voice to a project other than my own and I'm super ecstatic to be involved in a film as creative and 'out there' as this. The man behind the film is George Kirkinis, who was my Wlidlife Film-making course instructor in South Africa and has worked with the likes of the BBC, Nat Geo and numerous other successful production companies. He wanted to do something a bit different from all the films he's worked on and this is the result. The film is essentially told in the format of your traditional natural history documentary but with the help of VFX and rotoscope principles to create an alternate world. So I couldn't have been happier when he asked me to provide the VO for it. I hope you enjoy!
N.B. This is not the final piece but its on its way very soon so keep your eyes peeled!
I've officially joined the @Eco Sapien team, an established YouTube channel as a presenter and media creative. Stay tuned as we have a channel relaunch on its way with a whole bunch of films to come including 'The Sturgeon of the Danube river', 'The relationship between elephants and the dung beetle at Addo National Park', 'African Penguin Rescue' and 'Is Eco tourism good or bad?'
So Keep your eyes on this page or get more regular updates by following my instagram or the other members of the team: @apatmoran, @ocean_magpie, @david_bodenham and @green_underwing_wildlife