2010 Indianapolis Prize Films

On September 25, 2010, the awarding of the 2010 Indianapolis Prize was celebrated at a black tie gala. The majority of the evening’s entertainment consisted of 6 short films, one on each of the finalists nominated for the Prize. The films were produced, written & directed by Matt Mays of Mays Entertainment. I had the pleasure of shooting all of them, with field sound recording by Jason Roney . The video above was used to open the evening.

This was an amazing project, to say the least. It consisted of travel to six different locations in five countries, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Namibia and Kenya. It was my first trip to Africa, and those two locations made a lasting impression. We only had the opportunity to spend three to five days with each finalist, but we covered a wealth of material on each shoot. We came away with some wonderful footage, and Matt turned it into great stories with editorial by Cory Fischer at Edit Pointe.

The short film below is the profile of Iain Douglas-Hamilton, winner of the 2010 Indianapolis Prize.

The other five films, including profiles of Carl Safina, Laurie Marker, Gerardo Ceballos, Amanda Vincent and Rodney Jackson, can be found here.

ABOUT The Indianapolis Prize:

www.indianapolisprize.org – “The $100,000 biennial award is given to an individual animal conservationist who has made significant achievements in advancing sustainability of an animal species or group of species. It represents the largest individual monetary award for animal conservation in the world and is given as an unrestricted gift to the chosen recipient.”

ABOUT Iain Douglas-Hamilton, winner of the 2010 Indianapolis Prize:

“Relentless in his lifelong devotion to the elephants’ survival, Save the Elephants founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Ph.D., has been named the 2010 recipient of the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. In recognition for his lifetime achievements, Dr. Douglas-Hamilton will receive $100,000 and the Lilly Medal at a gala ceremony presented by Cummins Inc. on Sept. 25, 2010, at The Westin Hotel in Indianapolis.” (www.indianapolisprize.org)