Safari - Documentary - Video Production
Yes, it's an unusual combination - but it works!
Let me explain.....
I spent the first half of my career working in the mainstream journalism business - as a television news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent. With television crews, I traveled into places like Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Vietnam and Cambodia, focusing my reporting on Canadians working in the developing world and making a difference in the lives of marginalized people.
In 2002, I founded Cielo Pictures Ltd. so that I could pursue international documentary work full-time. I wanted to tell the bigger 'stories that mattered' to the large television audience that I, as a freelance producer, had access to. That has taken me to more than 70 countries on 6 continents, producing documentaries, not for profit fundraising videos and many corporate videos for various clients.
After several years of very intensive documentary work in Africa, I began getting requests from people wanting me to take them to Africa. They wanted to see and experience what they had seen in some of my documentaries - but were unsure of how to navigate Africa. . I finally agreed to take a small group of very 'persistent' men on a whirlwind safari through East Africa. They saw the best of the Maasai Mara, went gorilla tracking in Rwanda, Lake Tanganyika in Burundi and got to spend time with the Maasai, learning about their culture and history. As I was sending them back to Canada they said to me "That is the best trip we have ever been on - you should do more of this". The 'safari requests' kept coming and kept tapping into my years of organizing news crew travel and foreign documentary work to get people on safari. I love introducing Africa to people who want to go off the beaten track a bit to see the real Africa - and of course to go on the wildlife adventures.
Now much of my work is organizing and leading safari expeditions into East Africa, where I have developed wonderful relationships with drivers, lodges, tribal communities, everything needed to organize a unique, meaningful and adventure filled safari.
I still produce videos and documentary - not just in Africa but around the world.
I'd love to take you on safari and if you are an organization, working pretty much anywhere in the world, I'd love to help you tell your story.
"Humanitarian Service Award"
The Canadian Club
"Small Business Philanthropist of the Year"
Canadian Association of Fundraising Professionals
AMPIA Award - Best Documentary
"Starting To Dream" - 2008
"The Long Journey Home of James Nguen" - 2009
AMPIA Award -Best Public Awareness Video
"Who Do You Tell?" - 2009
CTV and Global Television
Broadcast Journalist/Producer 1980 - 2002
Cielo Pictures Inc.
Independent Producer/Director/ Cinematographer
Mount Royal University
Lecturer - Broadcast Journalism 2000 - 2017
Not For Profit - Board Of Directors:
The Building Hope Society
Sewing Seeds International
The Fig Tree Foundation
The Calgary Counselling Centre