WAYFARER SHOWREEL 2015
Showreel of material filmed by Leander for a variety of projects that were shot in a diverse range of locations including: Lakes Mayara and Natron, Tanzania; Faroe Islands, Denmark; The Somerset Levels, UK; Waterberg Biosphere, South Africa; Cape Canaveral, USA. Formats: 4K, Super 35mm, Super 16mm, HD.
We made this short film after learning that May 1st is International Dawn Chorus Day. We wanted to capture dawn on a beautiful lake we know in a nearby wildlife reserve here in Somerset, UK and thought it would be a good thing to post the film on a day that celebrates the magic of dawn. Filmed over four very early mornings in April 2016. Shot in 4K RAW on the Sony F55.
NASA – SLOW BURN TO MARS
In December 2014, Leander and Craig traveled to Cape Canaveral to film the test launch of America’s newest spacecraft, Orion EFT-1. A Delta IV rocket was used to transport the capsule on a 3400 mile journey out to space during a total flight time of 4 1/2 hours. Over the next few decades, Orion will be used to send astronauts to the ISS, to the moon and in the early 2030s, to the surface of Mars.
THE CRIMSON WING
In 2006, Leander and wildlife filmmaker Matthew Aeberhard teamed up with renowned British film producer Paul Webster to make The Crimson Wing for Walt Disney Studios. Jean-Francois Camilleri, Executive Chairman of Walt Disney Studios (France), commissioned the team to film the flagship release of the new wildlife arm, Disneynature. This major feature-documentary film received critical acclaim upon its release and went on to win awards at both the Jackson Hole and Wildscreen wildlife film festivals, and scooped up the Grand Prix at the International Festival of Music and Film in Auxerre, France.
LEOBO PRIVATE RESERVE – PROMO FILM
In February 2014 Rory Sweet invited Leander Ward to travel to his private reserve Leobo in South Africa’s Waterberg Biosphere to help promote his property as a premium African safari destination. Leobo’s motto is ‘Our World, Your Playground,” and Leander was tasked with capturing the spirit and beauty of this breathtaking region, the award-winning architectural masterpiece that is the Observatory Private Villa (complete with its research grade telescope) and the serious fun that visitors can have at the reserve via the various toys that Rory has stocked the property with.
A short film Wayfarer made for Gavin Pretor-Pinney’s brilliantly named ‘Cloud Appreciation Society.’ All filmed within a 15 mile radius of Wayfarer’s production office in Somerset. The film premiered on the big screen to an audience of 400 people at the CAS conference at the Royal Geographical Society in London on September 24th, 2015. Filmed and edited by Leander Ward. Music by The Cinematic Orchestra.
LILY COLE – PHOTOSHOOT
Leander was hired by Above Magazine in 2009 to cover a photoshoot with the actress Lily Cole at Paul Lister’s breathtaking Highland wilderness reserve Alladale. An extensive rewilding campaign has been taking place at Alladale over the past 15 years, with the ultimate ambition to bring back some of Europe’s major carnivores to the region. As the last wild wolf was shot in Scotland in 1743. captive wolves were brought in as special guests to the reserve for the day for the shoot. Olaf Wipperfüerth’s arresting images of Cole’s timeless beauty conjure up the classic fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm.