OUR WORK: The New Wilderness
ABOUT OUR WORK
De Nieuwe Wildernis (The New Wilderness) needed a website setup which could easily be adapted to suit different functions depending on which phase the project was in. In the beginning the website was focussed on providing the press and public with general information and beautiful photography, giving people the chance to follow the film crew as they worked hard to get the right pictures for the movie. This all set the atmosphere for the film. Doets Design also helped to set up the social media channels to further engage potential viewers and to create enthusiasm for the upcoming film. At later stages the website setup changed to function as a fundraising tool and promoter of the supporting organisations and charities. After the very successful cinema launch we changed the function of the website again, this time to focus on DVD sales in The Netherlands and Belgium, as well as the TV- and cinema sales abroad. The merchandising aspect has now shifted to the EMS FILMS website, with The New Wilderness website functioning as an international sales site.
A final side element of this project was the creation of the website ‘In the Classroom’ which provided a national education program for elementary schools covering the nature reserve in which the film was made, The Oostvaarders Plassen.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
At the heart of one of the most densely populated areas of Europe, in a country where every square meter of land has been meticulously shaped by man, lie the Oostvaardersplassen – a unique experiment in letting nature run its course. In just 40 years, 6,000 hectares of newly formed polder has been transformed into one of Europe’s most dynamic and productive wetlands – home to some of Europe’s rarest birds such as the magnificent white tailed eagle, which hadn’t been seen in the Netherlands since the Middle Ages. Read more about De Nieuwe Wildernis
Three years in production and with more than 600 shooting days in the field, ‘The New Wilderness’ (De Nieuwe Wildernis) is a spectacle, an ode, a visual tone poem, celebrating the wildness, stark beauty and sheer majesty of a unique natural monument. Shot in 4K cinemascope, the film charts the cycle of life through the course of four seasons, from birth through death to new life, forging a direct sensory and emotional connection with this thriving wetland and the many wild creatures that have made it their home – including 1,200 Koniks, that make up the largest herd of wild horses in Europe.
The Oostvaardersplassen have become an internationally recognized symbol of nature’s dynamism and resilience, all the more remarkable when you consider its position: 15 feet below sea-level and just 20 miles from Amsterdam. The New Wilderness challenges the old concepts of nature and wilderness. The bounty found here emerged in 40 short years, because it was given the space to do so. The New Wilderness highlights the enormous resilience and creative drive of nature in the raw. It shows what is lost need not be lost forever.
Using the latest techniques in time-lapse, underwater, underground, aerial and macro photography, ‘The New Wilderness’ explores the diverse worlds within worlds, from the macro to the micro, highlighting the many connections between them.
The New Wilderness urges us to watch again with our animal eyes and listen with our animal ears and in doing so, sensitize ourselves once more to the voice of the wild. In an age of seemingly unrelenting ecological breakdown this new wilderness is a rare and inspiring beacon of hope
The crew at EMS FILMS has recently started filming the second film in the Holland Nature series, of which De Nieuwe Wildernis is the first.
Click here to read more about the Holland – Nature in the Delta project.