Making the wildlife on planet Earth come to life on the screen is a skill that takes time. You can read all you want, but really the only thing that will increase your skill set is to go out and do it yourself. This website is designed to get you started making your own science films as quickly as possible. Science and wildlife filmmaking is no longer just for the privileged and well-connected. It’s something that everyone can do, no matter what limited equipment they have. In fact, we believe that everyone with a passion for science, nature, and wildlife—lab scientists, teachers, enthusiasts—should have at least some basic skills with video filmmaking in today’s media-rich world. Using video is one of the best ways to tell your story. We’re here to show you how to turn your passion into amazing, inspirational films.
The first step in the process of making films is to ask yourself – Why. Why do you want to make films? Why make certain types of films over others? What is the goal? If you don’t first start with these questions you won’t know who your audience should be and you won’t know how to start crafting your films. Or, even worse, you could risk blindly making films without intention.
As I outlined in the above video, here are a few reasons why we make films.
We’ve laid out this website to help just about anyone on their journey. If you’re new to filmmaking you can get familiar with the basics in Getting Started. Seasoned professionals may benefit more from the in-depth approaches in our Advanced Filmmaking section. We address all the steps of the production process as well, from brainstorming to editing. Just choose from the menu at right or dive into our new book about science filmmaking.
Untamed Science is made up primarily of award winning producers Rob Nelson, Jonas Stenstrom and Haley Chamberlain – hosts, and scientists with one goal: make science concepts easy to understand. Collectively we have a lot of experience in the world of science and natural history filmmaking. Read up more on the main filmmakers responsible for this site’s content.
Rob Nelson: Rob is both a marine biologist and filmmaker by training. He has been an active guiding force in Untamed Science since the idea to teach and inspire first occurred to Rob. He now leads the world biomes site and biodiversity pages. He also stars as an on-camera host for Science Channel’s Secrets of the Underground, Man-eating Python, and What on Earth. Rob is an avid Scuba Diver, Whitewater kayaker and Skydiver… read more about Rob
Jonas Stenstrom: Jonas is one of the lead producers for our science outreach videos online. He is a PADI certified dive ambassador for the crew and is working to help promote Ocean Awareness with the Untamed Science team. Jonas is currently the editor and host for our new Decoding the Driftless Documentary on PBS. He also has a passion for adventure sports. Jonas is also an on-camera host… read more about Jonas
Haley Chamberlain: Haley is one of our on-camera hosts. She is both a biologist and actress by training. She has ben in charge of our elementary science programs, music videos, space shoots, and on-camera LIVE scientist interviews. Haley also appears as television host for Smithsonian Channel and Science Channel. Read more about Haley
In the past we’ve done extensive work with many other fantastic filmmakers and scientists, including: