How did the Eye of the Pangolin project come about?
Being a wildlife filmmaker, there are certain animals that you always dream of doing a film about, but they often seem impossible to do. Pangolins were one of them. Then came the sudden demand in Africa for pangolin scales and I knew this was the time to do something; And what better way to raise awareness about these fascinating animals through the power of film.
Prof. Ray Jansen (The head of the African Pangolin Working Group) was one of my teachers at school, so I have been following his work with pangolins over the past few years closely. I then set up a meeting with him back in March 2017 to see how I can get involved to make a film about their work and pangolins in general. It was also at that time that they just started a research project in Ghana on White-bellied Pangolins. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to start this journey.
I knew I had to get all the help and support I could get to make this film happen, so I reached out to Bruce Young who I have worked with before on some of my documentaries. And without hesitation, Bruce was in on this idea, bringing his skills and knowledge of the film industry into the project – also knowing that this could be a film that will raise the much needed awareness on the plight of these vulnerable creatures.
A few months later we were on a plane to Ghana…