Leander Ward – Managing Director
Leander co-directed, produced and filmed The Crimson Wing, a visually stunning look at life and death for the flamingos of Tanzania’s Lake Natron. As the 2009 premiere release of the new documentary feature strand, Disneynature, it garnered glowing press reviews and collected awards at both The Jackson Hole and Wildscreen wildlife film festivals and at The International Festival of Music and Cinema in Auxerre, France. With 20 years experience on productions for Disney, National Geographic, and the BBC, as well as a range of branded content for clients including the Natural History Museum, Leobo Private Reserve and Above Magazine, Leander’s creative choices with a camera, in the editing room or in a music studio recording a score demonstrate a distinctive personal sense of drama and appeal. In September 2009 Leander produced a live performance of The Crimson Wing’s award winning score by The Cinematic Orchestra, which played with picture to a sold-out crowd at London’s celebrated Union Chapel. Leander graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts (1994) and makes his home in Somerset, England with his wife Laura and daughters Leyla and Alana.
Craig Gebhart – Partner, US Office
Craig’s natural history filmmaking career started with an ambitious self-produced expedition to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro shortly after completing his coursework at Brooks School of Photography. That first film started a lifelong passion for the natural world and cinematography, culminating in a pair of Emmy nominations for achievement in cinematography for his contribution to the films, ABC’s: The Living Eden’s: Big Sur California’s Wild Coast and Disney’s True Life Adventures: Alaska: Dances of the Caribou. Recently his attention has been diverted to new innovations in aerial cinematography with the advances in lightweight drones. Film credits with Disney, National Geographic, ABC, Discovery and the BBC have provided experiences all over the globe. Craig currently splits his time between Southern California USA, Somerset UK and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
Leander and Craig’s 20+ years of experience in the documentary and feature film industries enables Wayfarer to scale up future projects from a pool of the world’s optimum creative talent based across five continents. Close relationships with freelance professionals and post-production facilities of proven performance allow us to maintain minimal overheads yet expand capabilities quickly and powerfully as the need arises. Production bases across the world in locations that include Somerset, Devon and London in the UK; Newport Beach, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara in Southern California; Park City, Utah; Southern Baja California and the central Pacific coast of Mexico; Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa and the Waterberg Biosphere in South Africa offer us a useful head-start when filming in these regions.