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.
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.
Untamed Science is made up of more than a dozen filmmakers, hosts, and scientists with one goal: make science concepts easy to understand. We don’t claim to be the best filmmakers, but collectively we have a lot of experience, and we’ve learned who to ask to help us communicate specific wildlife filmmaking knowledge. The following list is a few of 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 personality in many of the episodes of the new BioAdventures DVD that is being produced with Pearson Publishing. Rob is an active Scuba Diver and Extreme Sports junkie… read more about Rob
Jonas Stenstrom: Jonas is one of the lead producers for our science outreach videos online and through Pearson Publishing. He is the primary dive ambassador for the crew and is working to help promote Ocean Awareness with the Untamed Science team. Jonas worked with the Save our Seas Grant to help promote ocean awareness through a whole slew of online aquatic ecosystem videos. 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 Ecogeek faces. She is both a biologist and actress by training. As an ecogeek she has ben in charge of our elementary science programs and music videos. Her passion for music and learning have gone far beyond her on camera presence however. Haley travels extensively to schools around the country giving shows about science to students of all ages… read more about Haley