I recently chatted with professional freediver William Trubridge for the National Geographic Adventure blog after he smashed his world record last week diving 124 meters without fins at Dean’s Blue Hole in Long Island, Bahamas. William is the subject of an upcoming film I produced with Max Lowe and Andy Maser, also for NGA. Stay tuned for the release of the film in coming weeks.
I’m excited to be venturing into the realm of 360 film and exploring how it can be used as a powerful tool to communicate important social and environmental stories. Myself and Andy Maser of Maser Films have been working with scientists in French Polynesia over the Austral summer season to explore threats to coral reefs through virtual reality. These scientists are monitoring the warming ocean temperatures over the course of what is an exceptional El Nino year, to understand what kind of impact local stressors – overfishing and pollution for instance – have on the ability of coral reefs to withstand climate change. We will be following this story over the course of the year and will post updates as they come in.
While in production for Middlebury late in 2014, Seedlight Pictures stumbled upon the story of Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue, who run Maps for Good, a start up that partners with conservation organization to create maps that illustrate their work – in this case it was the new Patagonia Park, which has been in development over the past ten years by Conservacion Patagonica. Marty and Ross received a Patagonia Environmental Grant and National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to complete their work in Patagoina. We spent a week in the park mapping new trails with Marty and Ross and learning about the park, which is an exceptionally ecologically diverse tract of land home to all the region’s original species. The film explores the way maps can serve as powerful tools to conserve wild lands and, through the voice of conservation icon, Kris Tompkins, and Marty and Ross, highlights a new era of exploration that is focused around conservation, more than simply discovery. The film is currently in production…Stay tuned for more updates soon.
Tahria is a freelance commercial and documentary producer based in Portland, Oregon. Hailing originally from, Sydney, Australia, she has worked in remote locations in over 15 countries across the world.
Last year, Tahria worked with National Geographic Studios to produce a new series following the path of human evolution through the horn of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Visit the show website here.
Tahria is a frequent collaborator with environmentally-minded production company Seedlight Pictures, where she manages each project from conception to completion. She is as capable behind the camera as she is crafting story in the editing suite.
She has helped clients like Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Nature Conservancy, Travel Oregon, Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Neighborhood Centers Inc. and Middlebury College bring their stories to life whilst also acting as master logistician throughout pre-production, in-field and post-production stages. Among other fond collaborators are National Geographic, MediaStorm, NW Documentary and Maser Films.
Tahria’s films have received recognition at various film festivals, including…
Finalist, Eric Moe Sustainability Award, 2015 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Best Documentary Short, 2015 California International Shorts Festival
Best Environmental Short, 2015 Mountain Film Festival
Official selection, 2014 Camden International Film Festival
Official selection, 2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Official selection, 2014 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Official selection, 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival
Read about some of Tahria’s recent adventures in an interview with travel blog Travels With Nina here.
Read a recent interview about Tahria’s life in the outdoors with Sisu Girls here.
Follow her on Instagram here.
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