Three-year training program also in the works
The new Emirates Natural History Unit will make a wildlife TV series and a feature film about the Arab region for local and global auds, backed by the Abu Dhabi Film Commission.It also plans a three-year training program. The ADFC was launched by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage in January to assist the development of the film and TV industry in Abu Dhabi, nurturing new talent and promoting Arab culture through film. David Shepheard, Abu Dhabi Film Commissioner, said: “Abu Dhabi Film Commission welcomes initiatives like the Emirates Natural History Unit as it is a longterm project, helping to develop Abu Dhabi as a maker of high production value wildlife film and television. The TV series along with the proposed training program will be a great addition to the development of the industry here in Abu Dhabi and to the wider Middle Eastern region.” The ENHU is tapping production talent from the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol to work alongside Emirati talent in Abu Dhabi. ENHU managing director Fergus Beeley, producer of many BBC Natural History Unit films, said, “High production value wildlife films need good funding to get three vital elements: key talent, a sensible number of camera days and generous support logistics like helicopter time. Abu Dhabi understands this.” Currently in pre-production on the as-yet-unnamed projects, the ENHU will work closely with Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency, which has carried out extensive field research in the region’s oceans, deserts and mountains.