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We can translate ideas into the most appropriate medium for their target audiences. 

Not only do we make films, we also conceptualize, research and produce content for film, print or the web.

Films

 

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DOCUMENTARIES


2016-2017

Siyaya - Wildest Cape (Post-production)

Siyaya - Africa (In Development)

Siyaya - Coast to coast (In Development)

2016

8th International Waters Conference (IWC): Short video clips of the conference shot in Sri Lanka

GEF Small Grants Programme: Short clips on their project sites in South Africa

2015

SANParks Induction Video (Short Clip)

2013-2014 Bridging Waters: 6 x 24” and 6 x 4” Documentary Series on Southern African Rivers (SADC)

  1. Nelago's Journey (Kunene & Cuvelai)
  2. I Shouldn't Be Alive (Limpopo)
  3. The Great River (Orange Senqu)
  4. The Coming Change (Ruvuma)
  5. Shifting Borders (Zambezi)
  6. Building Tomorrow (SADC)
  7. Kunene & Cuvelai Short Film
  8. Limopo Short Film
  9. Orange Senqu Short Film
  10. Ruvuma Short Film
  11. Zambezi Short Film
  12. SADC Short Film

2011-2013 Siyaya - Come Wild with Us: 26 x 26” Wildlife Youth Series (SANParks)

  1. Search for the Big Seven Part 1: The Garden of Eden
  2. Search for the Big Seven Part 2: The Big Ones
  3. Search for the Big Seven Part 3: Whale of a Time
  4. Search for the Big Seven Part 4: Hunters of the Deep
  5. To the River’s End
  6. The Enchanted Forest
  7. Chronicles of the Foreland
  8. Surfing Snails
  9. Under the Sea
  10. Cliffhanger
  11. Half Land Half Water
  12. Desert Coast
  13. The Flowering Desert
  14. Tshavhadzimu
  15. Mountain of Water
  16. Noah’s Ark
  17. Into the Thirstland
  18. When the Moon Talks
  19. Searching for White Eye
  20. Horn of Africa
  21. The Golden Gate
  22. Place of Big Noise
  23. The Sepent’s Nest
  24. Signs from the Past
  25. Making Deep Tracks
  26. To the River's End

2011         

Voice of the Forest (Short Documentary/IUCN)

Hondeklipbaai (Documentary)

COAST: Whose reality counts? (Documentary)

COAST: Bagamoyo, Tanzania (Short Clip)

COAST: Inhambane, Mozambique (Short Clip)

COAST: Watamu, Kenya (Short Clip)

2009

Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystem -ASCLME (Documentary/UNDP & GEF)

Addressing land-based activities in the Western Indian Ocean: partnership for a healthy WIO (UNEP)

Namib Desert Coast (Government of Namibia) 

2008              

A Last Glimpse (A series that portrays the strong link between humans and their environment along the African coast - PBS)

  1. Desert Coast (Namibia) 
  2. Cape of Storms  (South Africa)
  3. Riddle in Paradise (Mozambique)
  4. Following My Moon (Kosi Bay)

Le Morne - place of refuge (Short Documentary)

Strategies to reduce poverty and protect our beautiful Zanzibar (Government of Zanzibar)

2004

The World’s Large Marine Ecosystems (GEF & IW: Learn)

IUCN Global Marine Program (IUCN)

BCLME: Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME)

2003                  

Getting our Land Back (Richterveld Community/GIZ)

2002                   

Secrets of Nature  (13x24" A look at the various habitats found in Africa and the human impact on their biodiversity - SABC)

  1. The Hunters
  2. The Quest for a Meal
  3. Nature Timeless Bonds
  4. Nature Timeless Rites
  5. Underwater Castles
  6. Tidal Forests
  7. Ancient Forests (Madagascar)
  8. Ankarana - Place of the Rock (Madagascar)
  9. Cold Current of Plenty (Southern Africa)
  10. A Season of New Life in the Benguela 
  11. Aldabra and Island Refuge
  12. A Tale of Two Islands (Madagascar and Seychelles)
  13. The Living Thirstland (Namibia)

Cape Action for People and the Environment (CAPE)

Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary (Documentary)

Flower Valley Conservation Trust

2000

Kayak Africa (Short Clip)

1999

Kalahari Kavango Safaris (Short Clip)

1998

Seychelles Islands Foundation (GEF & World Bank)

The River that Disappears (John Gau/National Geographic Explorer)

SEACAM: Secretariat of East African Coastal Areas Management (World Bank)

1997

Masoala: Forest and Sea (CARE Madagascar)

Deforestation Educational video (CARE INTERNATIONAL)

1996                   

Aspects of Life  (13x26" A close look at Southern Africa's main ecosystems - SABC)

  1. The Great Karoo (South Africa)
  2. Tidal Lands (Estuaries)
  3. Life in the Thirstland (Namaqualand)
  4. Land of the Ancestors (Madagascar)
  5. Land of Mist and Fire (Cape's Floral Kingdom)
  6. West Coast (South Africa)
  7. Land of Smoke (East Coast of South Africa)
  8. Paradise Under Pressure (Madagascar)
  9. Islands and Ancestors (Islands)
  10. Ancient Namib (Namibia)
  11. Okavango - Where Paradise Waits (Botswana)
  12. Ankarana - The Last Edens (Madagascar)
  13. The Human Condition

1995

CARE Madagascar (CARE Madagascar)

1990

Amazon! with John Gau Productions (Documentary/BBC)

1988        

Last Edens (10x54" A celebration of Africa's last wild places - SABC)

  1. Madagascar
  2. Aldabra
  3. Okavango
  4. Western Cape
  5. Namaqualand
  6. Malawi
  7. Kalahari
  8. Mozambique
  9. Knysna
  10. Namib Desert
1981
 
Urubamba, Sacred River of the Incas (Documentary/UNEP)

SHORT ENVIRONMENTAL CLIPS

FOP and its sister company EcoAfrica have made numerous environmental clips, including the following:

  1. Shimo La Tewa Prison Sanitation Project (Kenya)
  2. Black River Gorges Catchment Rehabilitation Project (Mauritius)
  3. Community Turtle Conservation in Comoros (Comoros)
  4. Pollution and Vetifer Grass Project (Tanzania)
  5. Gazi Mangrove Rehabilitation Project (Kenya)

Books

Richtersveld The Land and its People

Richtersveld. The land and its people.

The Richtersveld is one of the most remote and least explored regions of South Africa; it is also one of the richest in terms of both biological and mineral wealth. The isolation of the Richtersveld and its enigmatic beauty make it and increasingly attractive destination for those seeking out Earth's final frontiers. The book explores all aspects of the region - now boasting one of Africa's latest World Heritage Sites, the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape - its scenic wonders, diverse plant and animal life and the history of its peoples. It also takes a look at the struggles and triumphs of the community in their quest for justice.

Authors: Francois Odendaal and Helen Suich.
Photography:
Claudio Velasquez Rojas.
Struik Publishers
: 2008, 168 pages, natural history, ISBN: 9781770073418

 

Currents of Contrast


Currents of Contrast - Life in southern Africa's two oceans.

Southern Africa’s coast is the meeting place of two ocean giants – the Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean and the Agulhas of the Indian Ocean. They clash fiercely at the continent’s southern tip, dividing the region into two contrasting marine ecosystems that rank among the richest, most biologically diverse and oceanographically complex on the planet. Photographs appearing in this book feature behaviour never seen or photographed before.

Authors: Thomas Peschak
Photography:
Claudio Velásquez Rojas and Thomas Peschak
Struik Publishers:
2005, 200 pages, coffee table book, ISBN 1770070869.

 

Aspects of Life


Aspects of Life. A Natural History of Southern Africa.

The thirteen-chapter book is a written and visual essay on southern Africa’s impressive natural heritage. Aspects of Life was published in association with an acclaimed television series of the same title in 1996.

Authors: Richard Chambers and Francois Odendaal.
Photography:
Claudio Velasquez Rojas.
Struik Publishers:
1996, 144 page, coffee table book, ISBN 1 86825 9293.

 

Last Edens


Last Edens of Africa

This book documents some of Africa’s last wild places, selected for their astonishing biological diversity and relatively pristine nature. The fragility and sheer beauty of the ecosystems explored - some of them home to plants and animals found nowhere else in the world - remind us of a paradise lost. The book brings across the message that, unless human kind embraces the responsibility to protect and manage these precious resources, they will be lost.

Authors: Liz Day & Francois Odendaal.
Photography:
Claudio Velasquez Rojas.
Southern Book Publishers
: 1998, coffee table book, 134 pages, ISBN 1868127540.

 

Ankaragna



Ankaragna, Fomba sy Fady

This is a childrens’ environmental book written in Malagasy. It investigates the links between ancient regional rituals or beliefs and the natural world they grew out of.

Authors: Francois (Odendaal), Phillipe, Blaid and Jean-Pierre.
Photography:
Claudio Velasquez Rojas, Francois Odendaal Productions: 1998, 27 pages.
Funded by
: WWF Madagascar Programme Office, Maitso Company and EcoAfrica.

 

Rafting the Amazon



Rafting the Amazon

This book documents the journeys of the author and his companions down the two furthest and least known of the Amazon’s tributaries, the Urubamba and the Apurimac River and the final leg down the main river to its mouth on the Atlantic. The book became a best seller in the first two weeks of its release in the United Kingdom.

Authors: Francois Odendaal.
Photography:
Francois Odendaal.
BBC Books:
1992, non-fiction, 296 pages, ISBN 056336386X.

 


Stroom af

This book documents the journeys of the author and his two brothers as they traverse Southern Africa's Limpopo River.

Authors: Francois Odendaal.
Photography:
Francois Odendaal.
Perskor:
1977, non-fiction, 135 pages, ISBN 0628011458 
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Photography

Chameleon from MadagascarBesides film, still images are another effective way of tracking change and promoting environmental and social messages. FOP takes vast numbers of images in the form of transparencies, black and white photographs, digital photographs, and scanned in historical photographs which are used in high quality publications, websites and for educational purposes.

During extensive filming expeditions for FOP and EcoAfrica, our team has built up a substantial photo archive covering landscape, people, natural habitat and wildlife in ecological hotspots worldwide. In Africa alone, we have covered countries such as Aldabra, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Egypt, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

Many of our photos were used to illustrate books that accompany FOP projects. Some record drastic changes in the environment and local communities. These images are extensively used by our sister company EcoAfrica and NGO International Knowledge Management (IKM) - for lectures, reports and other publications. Our images have also been published in numerous books and magazines including National Geographic, BBC wildlife, Africa Geographic, and Africa Birds and Birding.

All images used on this website are from FOP stock. Pictures are increasingly used by community-based organisations, NGOs and small businesses and are available free of charge for educational purposes through the DLIST website.

Interactive

Communication through digital media can help to combat poverty by bridging the knowledge divide, but only if the media are accessible. We are involved with interactive projects such as the DLIST website and a social media presence for our youth wildlife series Siyaya - Come wild with us.

Websites

We work on community development projects with our sister company, EcoAfrica. From our numerous joint trips to communities in Africa, it is clear that grassroots organisations need to expand their networks in order to engage with other groups, potential clients and funders. An internet presence enables small NGOs and start-up ecotourism ventures to reach a larger audience from their remote keyboards. At the same time donors and potential clients have the opportunity to easily interact with the service providers and beneficiaries and thus break the isolation.

DLIST (Distance Learning and Information Sharing tool)

DLIST Benguela is an online forum and learning tool. Here everyone from government ministers to fishing communities can discuss the Benguela Current and its coastal areas and the issues pertinent to the communities who depend on its resources for their livelihood. The site aims

to assist coastal planners, managers and resource users implement effective integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) solutions. DLIST seeks to promote the sustainable use, protection and development of our coasts for the benefit of all. The website was funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and was designed as the key interface point for sharing information.

FOP has been supporting this initiative by providing relevant images and graphics to illustrate processes and phenomena in interesting ways. DLIST covers the whole Benguela Current and its coastal regions including South Africa, Namibia and Angola. FOP has set up an image library to meet the needs of DLIST users, including schools, local governments and local communities. The success of DLIST has led to a similar initiative on the east side of Africa, namely DLIST Agulhas and Somali, which covers mainland coastal areas flanked by the Agulhas and Somali Currents, as well as Indian Ocean Island states.

IPA (Artisanal Fishery Institute of Angola).

During a joint visit to Angola with EcoAfrica (through the BCLME Programme) it was clear that IPA was in need of a website to explain who they are and what they do, so that foreign donors could assist them in empowering the local fishing communities along the Angolan coast. Angola is recovering from a protracted civil war and many of the coastal communities are in desperate need of developing a subsistence fishing industry.

FOP collected the images and designed the web site, while EcoAfrica Angola provided the copy in English and Portuguese.

EcoAfrica Botswana

This website was developed for an ecotourism company that runs mobile safaris in the Okavango delta. The work involved filming and producing short video clips that illustrate both the tented safari experience and the beauty of the Okavango. EcoAfrica Botswana work in close association with FOP - they also specialize in documentary filming and photography.

FOP provided visual material, graphics and videos for the final site.

Madagascar Expedition Agency

FOP developed this site with support from the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF) to promote community-based tourism in Madagascar through a Malagasy-owned tourism business. The idea was to provide a direct link between local tour operators or guides and their potential clients, thereby avoiding the middle men who siphon off income from local tour operators. This site includes the use of short video clips.

Films on DVD and Blu-Ray

Good ideas are only valuable if they are communicated - and video is an excellent tool to do exactly this in an engaging format. We have recently produced digipacks for Siyaya - Come wild with us and Bridging Waters,  the latter for which we also produced an information booklet and river awareness packages. They are easily transferable and available to any person with a computer.

Training

Francois Odendaal Productions believes that film can be a powerful voice to carry the message of a local community to a wider audience. We also believe that modern technology is increasingly bringing the possibility of local people making their own films closer. Their stories must be heard because it is usually the local people who are in the best position to guard their resources. But this will only be effective if they are empowered to do so, and film can play a role in tilting the balance in the right direction.

The team therefore considers training local people in how to make their own films as part of our mandate. Local people have frequently helped us to find the best parts of their environments for our films. They know where every little creature lives, and they know all the best stories. We therefore cherish the chance to assist them in capturing these stories themselves, or at least know enough about film making to assist other film makers also, and to benefit through such activities.

Film training provided to communities or government people can be technical in nature, including how to work the camera as well as be proficient at editing. We also help people choose their own camera gear after they have become comfortable using ours. We particularly enjoy working with local television stations and to share stories and knowledge with them.

Together with EcoAfrica we have often taken out school groups to be part of filming exercises and in that way helped to open the eyes of young people. We have found that assisting local people to film their own plays and performances can not only be rewarding for the sole, but in fact can be very effective in getting environmental messages across.

Our view is that film making is nothing more than good story telling, only with pictures and more sounds included, and that anyone can be a good storyteller with a little help.

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