In the latest instalment for Sky Atlantic’s ‘Defiant Pioneers’ series, The Birdman tells the story of young conservationist Carl Jones saving the Mauritian Kestrel from extinction.
The challenges for TwentyfourSeven were numerous. Their production brief was to find a look-alike location for Mauritius for the last leg of the shoot, as near to Europe as possible, with only a couple of prep days and to a tight budget.
With its thick tropical jungle and mountainous terrain, ports and towns within close proximity of each other, Tenerife was scouted by the productions services specialists as being a perfect fit and just a few hours flight from most European cities.
Richard Webb, EP TwentyfourSeven: “The two day shoot schedule for this project was ambitious from the outset, with the shoot itself more of an expedition across Tenerife Island. The team hiked through thick jungle, up mountains and also shot out at sea . The original plan was to prioritise and pick shots that might be dropped, but the small team pulled together to achieve everything the brief demanded by splitting into units and shooting at different locations simultaneously”.
In addition to sourcing the perfect location, TwentyfourSeven provided the crew, cast, animals, props, wardrobe and equipment. Finding Mauritian Kestrels in Europe was certainly a challenge and they turned to local keepers and street-casting options to find the closest looking birds, without having to bring in any animals from other parts of Spain.
With the good knowledge and support of an experienced local team, TwentyfourSeven managed to work within all the deadlines, to achieve everything in the production in record time.
Over the past fifteen years TwentyfourSeven has built an unparalleled reputation delivering creatively driven productions for the industry’s leading advertising agencies, directors and studios. They cater to the bespoke production needs of many specialist sectors and this was no exception.
CLIENT: VOLVO CAR UK
Head of Marketing: Georgina Williams
Product Marketing Manager: Terissa Wingfield
AGENCY: GREY LONDON
ECD: Andy Lockley
Senior TV Producer: Rachel Amess
Account Director: Isaac Hickinbottom
Account Manager: Sarah Maclean
PRODUCTION CO: PULSE FILMS Director: D.A.R.Y. L
DOP: Ben Fordesman
Executive Producer: James Sorton
Producer: Drew O’Neill
SERVICE PRODUCTION: TWENTYFOURSEVEN
Executive Producer: Richard Webb
Production Manager: Manel Gaspar