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Luke aims to crowdfund film of Cornish wildlife

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

  • Luke Wood in action

  • One of the images from Luke Wood's collection of photographs

  • Stormy Charlestown by Luke Wood.

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A FILM-MAKER from Par has dreamed up a plan to capture Cornwall's wildlife and landscape as it has never been seen before.

Luke Wood, 25, now needs to raise £3,000 for the equipment he needs to make his dream a reality.

Mr Wood says he will be putting in a further £3,000 from his own pocket to make up the £6,000 needed to buy the equipment, which include 400mm lenses and underwater cases for cameras.

The self-taught photographer and film-maker started taking photographs for friends' bands a decade ago, and since then has turned his hand to wedding photography, made shows for the Cornwall Channel and seen his work featured in magazines.

"I was making films and doing the photography for friends' bands and I just sort of got away with it," he said. "As I've carried on people seem to think it's OK.

"I've always wanted to do a massive project involving photography and wildlife; I grew up watching and being inspired by David Attenborough.

"Having the right equipment is the only way I feel I can do it justice.

"There are lots of films but nothing that seems to capture the beauty of the landscape and wildlife of Cornwall in the way I imagine, and I hope I can achieve this."

This week Luke plans to launch an appeal for funds online using the Kickstarter crowdfunding website.

Supporters will be able to pledge money and receive something in return: "For example, they'll receive a limited edition of the DVD that will not be for sale," Luke said.

"It'll be a great project for everyone in Cornwall to share. I'm hoping to enter the film in as many festivals as possible when it's finished, and I vow not to make a penny for myself from this but use the money to continue to make more wildlife films."

To find out more see Wildlife Cornwall – Wildlife Film on Facebook.

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