Over a year in the making, Discover wild Orkney was created by wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant and film editor Mark Jenkins, with music composed and played by James Watson.

Capturing stunning wildlife footage across spring, summer, autumn and winter in Orkney, the Discover wild Orkney films were created by award-winning wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant and acclaimed Stromness based film editor Mark Jenkins, with music composed by local musician James Watson.

Wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant said, “As always the weather was the biggest challenge when filming Orkney’s wildlife but it’s also what adds so much atmosphere and character to the films. I had a good idea of what I wanted to film in term of the species here but there are always nice surprises that come up whilst filming. Mark has treated the footage in a really beautiful way and the music composed by James is perfect so I think we have crafted something really special and uniquely Orcadian with these four films.”

Mark Jenkins of SpliceFilm added, “Working on this project has been an absolute delight. I already knew Raymond’s still photography work, but seeing his images come to life was just magical. Due to the strength of the images, we made an early decision to try to make these films speak for themselves, without narration or graphic information. James Watson’s music really strengthened this vision and I think we have a real cinematic experience for people to enjoy.”

The films were commissioned through Cinécosse by RSPB Scotland’s ‘Enjoy Wild Orkney’ project, funded by the RSPB, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

The films, along with other Scottish Wildlife content, can also be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/rspbvideo/videos

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