Drones are 'guardians' of African wildlife in this poetic film

Veteran creative Andy Fackrell worked on spot for charity Over&Above Africa

Published On
Oct 19, 2018

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L.A.-based charity Over&Above Africa, which protects wildlife from poachers with the help of drones, is highlighting the importance of work with a poetic drone-shot film that gives a spectacular view of African wildlife from the sky.  

Andy Fackrell, the former Wieden & Kennedy, 180 Amsterdam and DDB New Zealand creative who recently returned to the Netherlands, worked as a creative on the project together with director Sam Coleman at Giant Films in Cape Town. It presents a series of swooping aerial shots of animal groups, each titled with the respective collective nouns-- a pride of lions, a wobble of ostriches, an implausibility of gnu, and so forth before tracking a "gang" of poachers on the drone’s night vision camera. Italian composer Ezio Bosso’s “Under The Trees’ Voices” provides the soundtrack. 

According to the charity, drone surveillance is proving to be a savior for Africa’s endangered animal groups, increasing their survival chances by up to 80%. 

“It’s a slaughter,” says Over&Above Africa founder Kerry David. “Every day is a tech-war between heavily armed, well organized, skilled poachers and our courageous, but often ill-equipped rangers. Dropping our guard can mean the loss of whole herds.”


Oct 19, 2018
Client :
Over & Above Africa
Founder :
Kerry David
Executive Director :
Jennifer Pfister
Creative :
Andy Fackrell
Producer :
Shannon Worley
Art Director :
Mariya Munsey
PR Director :
Jessica Hartley
Production Company :
Giant Films
Director :
Sam Coleman
Executive Producer :
Cindy Gabriel
Director of Photography :
Devin Tosselli
Producer :
Boris Vossgatter
Production Manager :
Nella Coetzer
Editor :
Matthew Swanepoel
Wardrobe :
Izolina de Vasconcelos
Drone Pilot :
Carl Nicholl
RC Plane Pilot :
Wayne van Rooyen
Production Assistant :
Bobby Kamnga
Drone Camera Operator :
Simeon Hamman
Grade :
Nic Apostoli
Online VHX :
Charmaine Greyling
Edit Company :
Rock Paper Scissors
Editor :
Adam Pertofsky
Post Production :
Music Licensing :
Aaron Mercer - Wool & Tusk
Music :
“Under The Trees’ Voices” Ezio Bosso, Sony Music Italy

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