Filming at REGUA

Verity White with Nicholas while filming at REGUA earlier this month (Photo by Raquel Locke)

REGUA has been working with Wildscreen, the award-winning film-making conservation charity, to produce a short film about our work in the Atlantic Forest of south-east Brazil.

Experienced producer and film-maker Verity White of Five Films, visited REGUA in March 2015 to capture some wonderful images, and comedian and presenter Michael Palin will provide the narration. The film shows the beauty of the forest and its wildlife, and features some of the people that continue to make REGUA one of the very best conservation projects in South America.

Verity White had been in Brazil as a student and loves the country and its people. She filmed most of the people who are vital to the success of the project including the rangers, tree nursery staff, the ladies who look after our visiting volunteers and guests, REGUA’s visitors and bird guide, research students as well as the local children who visit under our Young Rangers programme and schools outreach programme. Thumbs up and excited cartwheels along the forest trails were all captured!

Verity filming our Head of Nursery Mauricio (Photo by Raquel Locke)
Verity used a drone to capture aerial images of the reserve (Photo by Raquel Locke)

Verity would wake as early as possible to do time lapse sequences from the observation tower showing the clouds forming from the forests. One early morning she even saw a puma slink back into the forest!

Early dawn sequences with parting mists and rising sun bathing the Guapiaçu valley in glorious light and tropical colours. Of course the drone was the highlight and the aerial filming of forests provided for perspectives rarely seen.

With perfect weather, cloudless cool mornings, the drone could hover, tilt and slowly climb providing just magical footage of REGUA’s protected forests, the tree planting campaign and even dense verdant valleys that had never been filmed before.

Verity left us with a taster of the film that left us breathless and we cannot wait to see the final cut version that gives a glimpse into the magic which makes this project such a wonderful success. The finished film is due for release in April 2015.