Tusk Trust – Conservation Awards Nominee Films 2014


Tusk supports communities, promotes education and protects wildlife in Africa. Each year, in partnership with its royal patron The Duke of Cambridge, it stages the Tusk Conservation Awards, celebrating outstanding examples of inspirational conservation work.

Fortemus Films produced four short films to be shown at the 2014 awards, profiling each of the winners and nominees.

These films focus on the three nominees for the Tusk Conservation Award sponsored by Land Rover, given each year to an emerging leader in their field whose work is judged to have already made a significant impact.

For the films starring Herizo Andrianandrasana and David Kuria, our crew filmed on location in Madagascar and Kenya respectively. They captured footage of local wildlife and natural habitats, and of both Herizo and David working in their communities to build the ties which allow for improved conservation.

Amy Dickman had recently given birth to her daughter, so her film was created using a combination of location footage and a specially shot interview recorded with her in London, as well as a showpiece hyper-lapse sequence filmed in Trafalgar Square.

Ultimately, the contributors themselves had a big influence over the final films, as attested to by camera operator James Adair: “It was a privilege to go out and live with each of them for that short period – to get to know them, see how they work, what drives and inspires them. And the films are so much stronger because of that experience.”

“Working with Fortemus on this year’s Tusk Conservation Awards has been an absolute joy. Nothing has been too much trouble or effort and yet we threw their film crew into some of the remotest parts of the African bush to capture the incredible stories of this year’s nominees.”

“The results were fantastic and impressive. We cannot thank Arthur, Matt and James enough for their extraordinary commitment to this project.” – Charlie Mayhew MBE, Tusk Trust Chief Executive