Please find the WFN Newsletter for the month ending October 2022.
Should anyone wish to add/write anything to the next newsletter, please feel free to email it to me at email@example.com
Points of notice for this month:
New – 1. New members
New – 2. Nobody joined the Zoom meeting on Tuesday 27th October
New – 3. We sent out a 10-question questionnaire to everyone
New – 4. Where would you like to have our December ‘Christmas meet’
Repeated – 5. We have moved our 1st monthly zoom meeting to Tuesdays
Repeated – 6. Uploading photos to your Profile Page
Repeated – 7. We would like to hear from our international members
Repeated – 8. Please start using the Forum
Repeated – 9. Please talk to your friends and colleges about joining the WFN
1. We gained 1 new member last month:
We gained 1 new member during the month of October 2022.
Innes Letch – is a trainee runner/production assistant from Dunbar in Scotland. During her time in the industry she has worked for such companies as Firecracker films and has a REDcamera operator’s certificate.
Innes is available for any work that you may have available.
Please remember to encourage everyone you know or work with to join the Wildlife Film Network as a member! The more members we have, the better the network will be.
At the moment, things seem to be stagnating a little (it may just be the time of year). But please remember that this is your community, it is here to work for you, and it will only do this if it expands to its true potential; and to do this fully its membership needs to grow considerably more than where it presently stands.
It is our intention for the WFN to be the first place for people to look if they are wishing to engage in / or employ the services of; anyone working in wildlife film making or wildlife conservation, and it needs a lot more than just 50 members to do this!
2. Nobody joined the Zoom meeting on the 22nd September
Sadly, no one joined you for our 22nd September zoom meeting.
Our next zoom meeting will be on Tuesday 11th October. We hope to see some of you there.
3. We sent out a 10-question questionnaire to all our UK members
Sadly, although this questionnaire was sent out on the 18/10/22 we have not yet received a single reply from any of our UK WFN members. Can we ask if you could please return the questionnaire to as soon as possible, with as many questions answered as possible, as this will directly affect the WFN face-to-face networking location schedule for next year.
Thank you in advance.
4. Where would you like to have our December ‘Christmas
As asked in our 10-question questionnaire, we are looking to our members to tell us what location would be the best for us to hold our Christmas Dinner Meeting.
To vote for a Christmas Dinner Meeting location, simply email your location of choice to us before Friday the 6th November, and we will let everyone know of the location.
The location with the most choices, or the location with the most choices nearest to it, will be the chosen location.
Please send your choice to firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are comments brought forward from previous newsletters.
5. We have moved our 1st monthly zoom meeting to Tuesdays:
We have now moved the Doc’s & Film Unit zoom meeting from a Thursday to a Tuesday from August (09.08.22). Not many people are joining us for our zoom meetings at present, and this may be because they both occur on a Thursday night. So hopefully this may rectify this a little.
We have also changed the Doc’s & Film Unit zoom meeting into a ‘normal’ zoom meeting (effectively, just a chat amongst the WFN members) It was the intention for the DFU zoom meeting to be a place where we could discuss projects that the WFN are producing, but as the both overall membership and production kitty are still very low, it will be a considerable amount of time before this becomes a reality.
6. Uploading photos to your Profile Page:
It has been pointed out by a couple of members that they have had issues whist trying to upload all their Profile Page photographs in one large upload. We would therefore like to politely suggest that when uploading photographs, you click on the ‘save Profile’ button after two or three photos to save this being an issue.
7. We would like to hear from our international members:
We are aware that whilst the WFN is a great place for our International Members to display their experience, skill set and contact details; it is very hard for them to become involved in the actual day to day interaction of the website as they are not in the UK. However, we would like to encourage them to become as involved as they can with the WFN either by writing something we can add to a monthly newsletter, or by posting a thread in the WFN Forum.
8. Please start using the Forum: (It’s free to use)
I know that Forums are a bit out of date now, but we have added one to our website as a way of people being able to hold a written conversation about things outside of the Zoom meetings etc. It’s a great place to talk about production techniques, equipment used, problems you experience whilst producing a film and any other subject. It’s also very useful as it doesn’t have to work around time zones so could be an extremely good way of communication with our international members.
9. Please talk to your friends and colleges about joining the WFN:
I am sure I will end every newsletter with this for the next few months at least – But the WFN will only ever be a good as its membership. The larger and more diverse the membership is, the better skills pool we will be able to reach into to find crew to produce our DFU wildlife documentary / films. So please feel free to mention joining the WFN to anyone who you feel may be interested.
Please remember: We are not just wanting to have memberships from wildlife camera operators. We are also looking for sound opps, editors, scriptwriters, location scouts, presenters, narrators, graphic artists and music composers, producers and directors (to mention just a few) as well as scientist working in any subject related to wildlife, and environmentalists and conservationists. The bigger the mix, the better!