I'd like to present "Making Birdies", my final project for my masters in wildlife filmmaking. This has been the accumulation of a year of hard work working towards my ultimate goal of starting a proper career in the wildlife filmmaking industry. The year has been brilliant with great teacher, guest speakers and course mates.
Making Birdies explores the tumultuous relationship between wildlife and golf and how it has developed over the course of time. It focuses mainly on Red Squirrels who are one of our most charismatic and intriguing species. They have quite the backstory and their population has plummeted due to habitat loss and the introduction of the invasive Grey Squirrel. It was filmed at various locations in Scotland including Blairgowrie Golf Club and the Old Course at St Andrews.
Jonathan Smith is the chief executive of GEO, a stakeholder-funded, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to helping the global golf community establish leadership in environmental enhancement, resource efficiency and community integration and value. For more information, please visit http://www.golfenvironment.org
Blairgowrie Golf Club, Gleneagles, and all 7 courses at St Andrews Links, including the world renowned Old Course, were among the first golf facilities in the UK to achieve GEO Certified® - golf’s internationally accredited and widely supported eco-label and member of the ISEAL Alliance, the global assurance body for standards in sustainability.
It was mostly shot on a Sony FS700, with DSLRs, a Panasonic GH4.
I'd like to thank my camera crew and my composer, David, who really helped bring the film to life.
Make sure you watch it in HD and please feel free to share the film! For more of my work please check out my website: http://bertieallisonwildlife.co.uk/