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Transcript of WILD OMAN
OMAN THE PREDATORS OF THE MONSOON 50 minutes hi-definition natural history film FILM PRODUCTION place story wildlife The Arabian Penninsula is associated with deserts and arid landscapes... the reason of the greenery is a spectacular powerful weather phenomena called "Khareef" a local seasonal monsoon clouds of Khareef
at the Omani coastline THE KHAREEF IS THE KICK-OFF FOR THE FOOD CHAIN CREATING AN AMAZINGLY RICH WILDLIFE... The land, which the Khareef strikes every year for several months, has a spectacular geography Some of the world's largest sinkholes, never filmed
Behind the watershed:
The Arabian Grand Canyon
with 1000 meter deep vallies ...but in the southeast corner lies a hidden paradise with lush hillsides and dense forests. drag mouse over video then click to play to watch video A dramatic seashore MAINLAND: predators' galore OCEAN: cetacean hotspot important note: hunting is forbidden in Oman! Arabian Wolf - Highly endangered, except in Oman where the population is growing. Easy to film them here. - It is a solitary animal but in Oman can live in small packs. - Often scavenging. Arabian Leopard - Highly elusive. However recent surveys revealed a unique behavior. Unlike other leopards the Arabian Leopard is active mostly in daylight. (It makes easier to capture them on film!) - They rarely move away from their territory - another advantage for filming this cautious animal. - Close to extinction. The biggest remaining population lives in the Jabal Sham Nature Reserve, about 50-100 animal. Verreaux's Eagle - A spectacular eagle known from Africa but nesting in Oman's mountains as well. - It is a raptor specialized in predating on hyraxes. - Easily tolerates human presence and activity. The unknown face of Arabia... Meet the Arabian Rock Hyraxes! - A brilliant character for a wildlife film with a lovely social attitude! - The main prey of almost every local predator: hunted by the Leopard and the Verreaux's Eagle. - Lives in colonies, active during daylight. - Hyraxes in Oman can be filmed from a very close distance. Besides our main characters many other animals appear in the film, like the desert fox, the caracal, and various snakes as well like the Arabian Cobra.
Oman is on the cross-roads of bird migration, many beautiful birds makes the film more colorful. BIRDS' PARADISE Humpback whales - The world's only non-migrant humpback whale population, residing along Oman's coast all year long. - Their songs are different than that of the other humpback populations in the Indian Ocean. - Every year several dozens of them, including calves, get accidentally into the net of the local fishermen, but usually they are rescued. A heart-smothering drama for the film. Dolphin parade - Lots of different species of dolphins. - Swimming up to 3000 strong spectacular groups. Sea turtle nesting sites - the largest green turtle nesting site in the Indian Ocean with an estimated 50,000 animals coming ashore yearly - the biggest Loggerhead turtle nesting population in the world, half of the global population Rich marine life The Arabian Sea mystery: where is the food coming from in these crystal clear waters? The seasonal monsoon causes the upwelling of cold, nutrient rich water along the coast and the mists and rains bring the lush greenery to the mountains.
It is the Khareef that creates a thriving wildlife and connects the sea and the land. THE KHAREEF About 60% of the film is to be shot on the mainland and 40% underwater. On the land the story revolves around the predator-prey connection. The Arabian Leopard and the Verreaux's Eagle are frequent visitors at the hyrax colony. The Arabian Wolf covers large distances and comes to close encounters with humans and the other competitor predators. We wander with them through the seasonally changing land. Dramatic weather changes will be filmed presenting their strong effect on the main characters. Dry season with the life around the few drinking ponds and killing flash floods or the refreshing monsoon with its devastating storms. In the sea we follow the humpback whales focusing on a mother with a calf. Dramatic moments will be captured when they get close to mortal fishing nets. The enormous storms of the Khareef are serious challenge for the young calves. But contradictionally these storms create the abundance of food strirring up the sea and bringing nutrient-rich water. Sea turtles will have a big role in the film. They represent a good connection between land and sea and they are very likeable characters. After hatching they face extraordinary ordeals with dramatic moments while reaching the sea. location
and crew technique and style timeline
and budget The film will be shot by award winning filmmakers, cinematographer Jan Henriksson and director Zoltán Török.
Ocean sequences will be filmed by acclaimed Finnish underwater cinematographer Teemu Liakka. We managed to build up good contacts with would-be local fixers who know the place and its nature very well. (Some of the videos in this presentation are from them). Hadi Al Hikmani "the leopard man"
He has been tracking leopards since his childhood. He is even a possible character in the film.
(Camera trap video is from him). Muhammad Al Shanfari, an enthusiastic local naturalist and amateur filmmaker who knows his land very well. He is keen to help us and to maintain our hide system.
(Wolf and hyrax videos are from him.) We have developed a portable hide that eliminates the smell making possible to film elusive predators from a very short distance. The hide and Jan Henriksson on location during a shoot The family factor The producer-director can move to the location with his family for longer periods or even for the entire shooting.
This way unforeseeable natural happenings won't be missed, organizing is easier, the time spent filming on location can be maximized and budget-wise cheaper than flying many times between Europe and the Middle East with equipment. Oman is an easy-going safe place to spend several months. Zoltán Török on location
with family in a wadi in Oman to be on the safe side we need to cover the Khareef and the dry season two times
in case of starting in 2011 the film can be delivered in 2013
editing goes paralel with shoot Slow-motion shots taken with the new Red Epic camera and real time HD shots will be mixed in the film. Almost all sequences will be shot parallel with the two cameras. Jan Henriksson and Zoltan Török shooting with two cameras at the same time in a previous production. Starlight camera will be used to film nocturnal wildlife. Multi-rotored remote controlled helicopter models will be used to present the steep canyons. We shoot flash floods with the GoPro, a mini HD camera with an unbreakable underwater housing. video taken by our local contact putting out carcass along a highway camera trap footage Arabian Rock Hyraxes with cubs in Oman $ Oman is a cheap location but filming elusive predators require expensive euqipment and access to the remote part of the country.
The budget is estimated at around 300,000€ (a detailed budget can be provided).
Therefore beside framing an international TV co-production the part of the financing is planned from local sources. the coastline on a satelite image,
a green island in Arabia (excerpt from Omani