Chris & Genevieve Johnson in Argentina cleaning filming equipment


NEWS - March 9, 2007

Chris and Genevieve Johnson of earthOCEAN will be speaking at Wildlife Asia - Asia's premier wildlife and environmental film festival in Singapore from March 13-16, 2007.

The Wildlife Asia is an international wildlife, conservation and environmental film festival. Wildlife Asia celebrates the very best in wildlife filmmaking in Asia and throughout the world. It is open to filmmakers, conservationists and the public.

The Festival will be an essential marketplace to: stimulate new film productions for the local and international markets; advance wildlife and conservation filmmaking throughout Asia; and nurture new Asian filmmakers. It will also be a vital platform for debate on the most pertinent topics to wildlife filmmaking and conservation communication in Asia.

The Festival's programme comprise an exciting program of key-note speeches and seminars covering the latest issues in wildlife film making and conservation, thought-provoking debates, workshops exploring technology advances and various aspects of film making, screenings of short-listed films, idea pitching opportunities to key commissioners and a trade show for cutting edge equipment.

The Festival itself will culminate in the Lion Awards - honouring the best wildlife and conservation films and new media productions.

At 2pm on March 14, Genevieve Johnson will be part of a panel of speakers discussing "Science versus the Story"

An issue that always provokes heated debate: Can dumbing-down go too far? In our attempts to reach broader, larger audiences have we neglected good educational story telling? How is reality television affecting our perception of what the viewers want? Panelists include:
  • Dr Brady Barr (Moderator) National Geographic
  • Frances Berrigan - Cicada Films
  • Stephen Fairchild - Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Genevieve Johnson - earthOCEAN

On March 15th, at 4pm, Chris Johnson will be part of a panel entitled - "Interactive Future - Alternative forms of broadcasting"

What is the future of broadcasting? This seminal seminar attempts to forecast how convergence of the media and interactive television will affect future wildlife filmmaking and identifies key technological developments such as 3G broadcasting that are enabling us to develop new ways to communicate. Panelists include
  • Hayden Turner (Moderator) - National Geographic TV Presenter / Conservationist
  • Chas Sweeting - Star TV, Mobile & Interactive
  • Ronald Tobias - Montana State University
  • Chris Johnson - earthOCEAN

On March 16th at 11:30am, Chris & Genevieve will take part in "Inspiring the Future" - Sponsored by WWF

In this event, we use the latest communication technology to find new ways to inspire today's youth into becoming actively involved in caring for the natural world.

Working with Apple, we will take a couple of youth filmmakers works and go through the processes of how they can shoot and broadcast their own films - directly from their MacBook Pro! This session will also draw on the experience of panellists as we explore how technology is making it possible for anyone to be a filmmaker, a broadcaster, an agent of change - thanks to mobile filmmaking and the internet. Panellists including:
  • Tanya Petersen WWF International
  • Ronald Tobias - Montana State University
  • Chris and Genevieve Johnson - earthOCEAN

Follow updates of Wildlife Asia in Chris Johnson's blog - "Behind the Camera".

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