The World's Story is Yours to Tell
Martin Dohrn is on the cutting edge of night vision filmmaking. With his company Ammonite Films, he has captured some spectacular images of the natural world. See the world in a new light, below!
One Day on Earth: Who are you and what is your profession?
Martin: I am Martin Dohrn and I am a natural history filmmaker.
One Day on Earth: Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?
Martin: I was born in New Zealand, and studied to be a documentary photographer before realising that my true interest lay in the natural world.
One Day on Earth: What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
Martin: It's hard to find a precise reason why I became a filmmaker. K.N. Singh at Guildford College of Art was the first person to put a movie camera in my hand. The work of
Oxford Scientific Films in the seventies and eighties, the BBC series 'The World About Us', David Attenborough's 'Zoo Quest' and of course, Life on Earth.
One Day on Earth: Who or what do you most admire?
Martin: David Attenborough is a great inspiration, along with other filmmakers, such as Hugh Miles, Alan Root, as well as late 19th century explorers and naturalists, such as Alfred Russell Wallace.
One Day on Earth: What do you have?
Martin: Far too many cameras who's obsolescence is always approaching at an ever increasing rate - and a production company dedicated to seeing the natural world in new ways.
One Day on Earth: What do you need?
Martin: Money to keep developing new ideas.
One Day on Earth: What are you planning on filming for 12.12.12?
Martin: Flocking starlings as they come in to roost in a reed bed. Since a lot of our work is focussed on night and the boundary between night and day, the starlings give us an opportunity to try some new things - in case we discover something different - and bring some fresh images to one of the most spectacular wildlife spectacles anywhere in the world (if the starlings behave themselves).