(L-R: Paul Reddish, Matt Hamilton and Sabine Holzer)

NFTS Head of Natural History, Paul Reddish, added another award to his tally receiving the Jury’s Special Prize at this year’s NaturVision film festival for his work on episode 3 of Islands in Time: Ruled by the Sun. Paul who was Series Producer on Islands in Time shared the award with Producer, Mat Hamilton.

Paul was at the festival speaking about the new NFTS Directing and Producing Natural History and Science MA (last few places remaining for January 2018 start, apply at www.nfts.co.uk/naturalhistory) so was on hand to collect his award along with Sabine Holzer, Head of Televison, Terra Mater Factual Studios who commissioned the series.

Islands in Time: Ruled by the Sun is about how the powerful tropical sun created the richest rainforests on earth. The jury had the following to say:

“There’s much more to creating natural history documentaries than just patiently watching animals with a camera. A successful film has two components: a convincing idea, and the consistent execution of it – not only when it comes to shooting, but also when it comes to post-production. The ecological system of the tropical rainforest is nature’s answer to the power of the sun: and this film succeeds in conveying this rather complicated construct to the viewer. It furthermore makes use of the interplay of light and shadow as an aesthetical component, perfectly merged into the film’s story. Due to these varied reasons, the jury honours this film with a special prize – a prize for the maybe most beautiful film of this year’s festival."

"Concept and editing; imagery and script; the use of music and the skilful implementation of the original sounds – as well as the art of narration: the result of all these ingredients is a true masterpiece far off our traditional festival categories. Therefore, we’d like to award the Jury’s Special Prize to Matt Hamilton and Paul Reddish for Islands in Time – Ruled by the Sun.”