Northern Frontier (2007) is a documentary which describes the colonisation of my own county, Lothian, by the Wood Nuthatch. This species was not known to have bred in Lothian until 2005 (and indeed first bred in Scotland in 1989), and I was fortunate to locate, photograph and film one of the first breeding pairs in the county. Northern Frontier was filmed in standard definition, and 200 copies were distributed as a DVD with the annual Lothian Bird Report.
Northern Frontier was filmed using a budget SD camcorder (JVC CR-D340 EK), with two close up sequences shot using a compact digital camera via a birding telescope.
As a first project, Northern Frontier shows numerous beginners' errors. The film is much longer than it needs to be at 21 minutes, and could be shortened to 11 - 12 minutes. Captions were used rather than narration, which would have been preferable. The fonts and end credits do not convey a professional feel. Clearly the quality of many of the shots was not optimal. This film was, however, my first and a nice starting point. Every film is a learning experience!
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