Icon Films and the Botswana’s Natural History Film Unit have been commissioned to make ‘Okavango’, a landmark 8K feature-length documentary film exploring Africa’s Okavango Delta for Japan’s NHK.
Natural history filmmaker Brad Bestelink and his team at the Natural History Film Unit will film over a full seasonal cycle on the Delta with new aerial perspectives across the seasons; specially developed underwater camera technology, and gyro-stabilised cinematography.
Told through the eyes of indigenous river people of the Okavango over 14 months, ‘Okavango’ will capture the drama of the flood and the impact that the sudden creation of over 150,000 islands threaded with countless waterways has on life.
‘Okavango’ was commissioned by Masa Hayakawa for NHK.
Icon Films’ CEO Laura Marshall said: “Brad Bestelink’s extraordinary talent and craftsmanship allows him to reveal and share this magical water world as never before.”
“Revealing the epic beauty of both the people and animals of the Okavango is a great subject to be shooting in 8K, it’s a time to see it in its full aesthetic glory” said Natural History Film Unit’s Brad Bestelink.
“NHK has previously acquired several films from the Icon Films / NHFUB partnership but this is our first direct commission from NHK, it is a great pleasure and privilege to be working directly with NHK” said Lucy Middelboe, Commercial Director.
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