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ADRIAN WARREN (20th July 1949 - 5th June 2011, Age 61)

Adrian Warren filming, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Nationality: British

Education: 1962-66 Cranleigh School, Surrey, England

1966-68 County Technical College, Guildford, Surrey and Guildford School of Art

1968-72 University of London (external)

BSc. (Special Honours) :

Zoology, with ancillary Psychology and Botany

Special study: Limnology

Airline Transport Pilot's Licence: Technical and Navigational Examinations. Commercial Flying Test.

Personal History:

Following 9 months battle with the aggressive Melanoma, Adrian had lost his fight on 5th June 2011. He will be greatly missed by us all, please visit his tribute page to read more about the account of his illness and to post your tribute and to see some of his happy memories...

June 2011 Opening of Britain From The Air exhibition in Oxford Castle, in association with Royal Geographical Society

2010 Filming of historical sites in Jordan for artist Jananne al AniAerial photography of UK historical sites for two Museum exhibitions

Flight testing of two new gyro rigs for the Cessna aircraft wing mount

Aerial photography of extra sites for Britain From The Air exhibition

Filming and flying for Elke von Linde children film project

Filming expedition to Venezuela, South America, to promote awareness in conservation of fragile and unique ecosystems

Opening of Britain From The Air exhibition in grounds of Bath Abbey, in association with Royal Geographical Society

2009 Release in UK of Pixar movie ‘UP!’Release of Pixar Studios movie ‘UP!’ together with DVD featuring aerial footage from Venezuela and on-camera interview

Four childrens’ books for Rosen Publishing on ‘Microscopic Bugs’

Further production of wing mount camera systems for clients in Germany and Netherlands

Flight testing with Red Camera on our wing mount for Cessna aircraft

Film for United Nations Environmental Programme ‘YEAR OF THE GORILLA’

Film premiere San Francisco for Pixar movie ‘UP’

Special charity screenings in Australia of IMAX film ‘MOUNTAIN GORILLA’ to raise funds for WWF conservation

Filming for National Geographic special in Rwanda, Central Africa: Mountain Gorillas with George Schaller

2008  Publication of ‘THE LIVING COAST’

Director of Photography for period drama feature movie ‘GOLDEN BROWN’, Director Sharon Sheehan

Aerial filming for feature movie ‘THE GERMAN’, re-creating Second World War aerial dogfight, Director Nick Ryan

2007 Publication of ‘BRITAIN – A Journey Through Time’ 

Aerial photography of Scotland

Publication of ‘UNSEEN COMPANIONS’

Co-Presenter with Neil Oliver on BBC “ONE SHOW”

2006 Publication of ‘CASTLES FROM THE AIR’ with Bloomsbury Press

Aerial photography of Wales

Consultant to Pixar Studios for movie ‘UP!’ – Expedition with 10 animation artists to the ‘Lost World’ tepuis in Venezuela

2005 Publication of ‘ENGLAND – The Mini-Book of Aerial Views’

Filming for Channel 4 UK in Venezuela

Environmental and aerial survey of Upper Mazaruni River in Guyana, South America for indigenous Akawaio Indians

Storm chasing and aerial photography, USA

Testing of new film stock for Kodak and making of promotional film at Stonehenge.

2004  Publication of ‘ENGLAND – An Aerial View’

Last Refuge (publishing) established

2003 – 2004    Film production: “GORILLAS OF MY GRANDFATHER” – historical story about Mountain Gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes for DDE / ORF / WDR.

Aerial filming in UK for BBC: Britain from the Air

2003  Publication of five aerial books for Myriad Books

Flight in Cessna 182 from Somerset to Morocco and Canary Islands for aerial photography

Consultant on feature film ‘TOUCHING THE VOID’

2002  Aerial photography and publication of four books for Myriad Books

Preparation and publication of “Travellers Reference Guide to Mount Roraima”

Storm chasing, USA

International Jury Member for Envirofilm Festival, Slovakia

Filming Waorani Indians in Ecuador with anthropologist Jim Yost

Research, design, development, and flying tests successfully completed on MOVING CAMERA WING MOUNT Marks I and II for forward facing aerials from fixed wing aircraft, cerified by UK Civil Aviation Authority and European Joint Aviation Authorities.

2002 Storm chasing, USA

2002 International Jury Member for Envirofilm Festival, Slovakia

2002 Filming Waorani Indians in Ecuador

2001 Chairman of Jury at Sondrio Film Festival, Italy

1998-2002 Last Refuge Ltd. in full production;

Last Refuge (Aviation) Ltd. established; and

Adrian Warren Photographic Library goes digital.

Research, design, development, and flying tests successfully completed on MOVING CAMERA WING MOUNT Marks I and II for forward facing aerials from fixed wing aircraft.

Completion of Commercial Pilot's Licence Qualifications.

2000 - ? Committee Member of International Association of Wildlife Filmmakers

1995-99 Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Partridge Films

1995 Development and field trials completed to carry IMAX CAMERA in free-fall from 14,000 feet, DeLand, Florida, USA.

1993-95 NIGHTMARES OF NATURE (BBC/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY): Director/Producer of two out of a series of five 30-minute films. Titles: "THE DEEP" and "IN COLD BLOOD"

1993 WAORANI INDIANS - Expedition to Ecuador with anthropologist Dr.Jim Yost

CHIMPANZEES, Gombe, Tanzania - Stills Photographic Expedition

1992-93 National Geographic: Director/Producer, "SECRETS OF WILD PANDAS". The first non-Chinese visitor to Giant Panda country in the Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi Province, Central China.

1992 Established LAST REFUGE PRODUCTIONS LTD., for films and research about endangered species, peoples and environments.

1991 First recorded paraglider flight from summit of Mount Visoke (11,000 feet), Virunga Volcanoes, Rwanda, Central Africa

1990-93 IMAX CORPORATION: Director, IMAX Natural History Film Unit.

1983-90 British Broadcasting Corporation: Producer, Natural History Unit, Bristol.

1985 Leader, BBC Expedition to Cerro Autana, Venezuela

1984 Experiments with Tandem Skydiving to develop system for expedition to Cerro Autana, Venezuela (1985)

1983-84 Member of Skydiving Display Team

1984-86 Exploration Committee Member, Royal Geographical Society

1983 Joint American Museum of Natural History/Explorer's Club of New York Expedition to Waorani Indians, Ecuador

1982 Zero Gravity flights with NASA for BBC LIVING PLANET series

1982 Royal Air Force: Institute of Aviation Medicine - training

1982 High Altitude Hot Air Balloon Ascent, over Scotland for BBC LIVING PLANET series

1981 British Autana Expedition to the Venezuelan tepuis (tablelands). Joint Leader: Ascent of Mount Kukenaam

1981 Accelerated Freefall Parachute Course, DeLand, Florida

1978 Wallace Expedition to Amazonia, Brazil. Photographer.

1977-83 British Broadcasting Corporation: Assistant Producer, Natural History Unit, Bristol.

1976 World Wildlife Fund, Venezuela: research into management of National Parks. Wrote, filmed and produced fifty minute documentary on Parque Nacional de Canaima "THE WORLD OF ANGEL". Solo ascent of Cerro Auyantepui, Venezuela.

1976 British Broadcasting Corporation: Filming for "Life on Earth". Presentation of Australian film for "World About Us" series.

1976 British Broadcasting Corporation: research for Science and Features Television (HORIZON series)

1975 British Broadcasting Corporation: research for Science and Features Television (HORIZON series), and a series on the botany of Europe for Further Education.

1975 Central Office of Information: research for TV documentaries.

1974 Leader, expedition to Venezuela. Ascent of Mount Roraima and Cerro Auyantepui, and journey by canoe to Angel Falls. Discovered new species of toad (Genus Oreophrynella) from the summit of Auyantepui. Photographic commission for Daily Telegraph colour magazine. Filming for Survival Anglia Television.

1972-73 Photography and research on Galapagos Islands.

1972 Royal Air Force - Flying training and Private Pilot's Licence Qualification.

1971 Leader, British Expedition to North Ridge of Mount Roraima, in Guyana, undertaking studies with team of scientists in previously unexplored territory. Member of advance party of four who dropped by parachute. Film of expedition shown on BBC "World About Us", titled "TO CATCH AN ORCHID". Discovered several new species of frogs (among them, a tree frog later named Hyla warreni)

1971 Joint Services Parachute Centre - Free Fall Parachute training.

1970 Ecological study of small mammals in an artificial habitat - a rural sewage farm.

1969 Second expedition to Guyana to collect amphibians and bats from remote area of Pacaraima Mountains for British Museum of Natural History.

1968 Member of expedition to Guyana, South America to collect animals for zoos and specimens for British Museum of Natural History. Short piece published in NATURE about possible new species of toad discovered during expedition. Photographs for book: "The Magic Sakis" by Christina Wood

Films since acting as Independent Filmmaker:

2002 Currently in Production:

"WAORANI" : a Last Refuge project in association with anthropologist Dr. Jim Yost.

1995-2001 Producer/Cinematographer:

"LIVING EDENS: TEPUIS" (Last Refuge/DDE)

"LIVING EDENS: NGORONGORO" (Last Refuge/ABC Kane), also translated into Swahili, for educational distribution in Tanzania

"ELEPHANT JOURNEY" (Partridge Films/Disney)

"LIVING EDENS: ETOSHA" (Partridge Films/ABC Kane)

"DANCE OF THE SIFAKA" (Partridge Films/Hit Wild Media), also translated into Malagasy, for educational distribution in Madagascar

"A LEMUR'S TALE" (Partridge Films/WNET), also translated into Malagasy, for educational distribution in Madagascar

1995-2002 Camera Sequence Work:

"THE FUTURE IS WILD" (Discovery/ORF/ZDF co-Production)

"GREAT NATURAL WONDERS" (BBC High Definition Production)

"AFRICA" (Tigress Productions for National Geographic Television and WNET New York)

"FINEST HOUR" (Brook Lapping for BBC)

"GOLDAIR AEROBATICS" (Commercial Promo)

"IMPRINTING" (Partridge Films)

"RAVENS" (Partridge Films)

"SWARMS" (Partridge Films)

"EARTH TREK" (Partridge Films)

"BURNING HEART 2" (First Independent Commercial)

"SECRET LIVES OF CATS" (National Geographic)

"GEOGRAPHY IN ANIMATION" (BBC/Science Pictures)

"FORCES OF THE WILD" (Partridge Films)

1993-95 Director/Producer for BBC/National Geographic:

"NIGHTMARES OF NATURE": "THE DEEP" and

"IN COLD BLOOD", including Direction of Drama Sequences

1992-93 Director/Producer for National Geographic:

"SECRETS of the WILD PANDA"

1991-92 Director forIMAX/OMNIMAX 70mm Production:

"THE SECRET OF LIFE ON EARTH" (World release version)

"GREEN CONTRACT" (Version for Taejon EXPO, KOREA 1993)

1990-91 Director for IMAX/OMNIMAX 70mm Production:

"MOUNTAIN GORILLA".

1990 Co-Director for IMAX/OMNIMAX 70mm Production: "BLUE PLANET" for NASA and Lockheed Corporation (African sequences)

Films/Programmes for British Broadcasting Corporation:

1989 "GORILLAS IN THE MIDST OF MAN" (Producer) (The Natural World), also translated into KinyaRwandan for educational distribution in Rwanda

1987-88 "THE GREAT RIFT": Series of three 55-minute films on the African Rift Valley (Series Producer, and Producer of Programmes 1 and 3.)

1986 "THE GREAT AFRICAN SAFARI BIRD RACE" (Producer)

1986 "DIVE TO MIDNIGHT WATERS" (Producer)

1985 "SKYDIVE TO AUTANA" (Producer); Co-Production with RKO PICTURES, also versioned as: "SKYDIVE TO THE RAIN FOREST" (WGBH - NOVA)

1984-86 "BIRDS FOR ALL SEASONS": Series of three 55-minute films on birds of the world:

"TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH" (Producer)

"EVERLASTING HEAT" (Producer)

1983 "WAORANI - The Last People" (Producer)

also versioned as: "WAORANI" (ABC, NEW YORK)

and "NOMADS OF THE RAIN FOREST" (WGBH - NOVA)

1981-83 "THE LIVING PLANET": Series of twelve 55-minute films on world environments and ecology, with David Attenborough:

"JUNGLE" (Producer)

"THE SKY ABOVE" (Producer)

1977-81 BBC-1: "WILDLIFE ON ONE" series:

"GARDEN JUNGLE" (Presentation)

"THE BOBCAT" (Presentation)

"LAST CHANCE FOR THE GREVY?" (Producer)

"VAMPIRE" (Producer)

"ORINOCO HOG" (Producer)

plus co-production version: "La Vida en Los Llanos"

"OUT IN THE COLD" (Producer)

"GENTLY SMILING JAWS" (Producer)

"ST. LUCIA - LAKE WILDERNESS" (Producer)

BBC-2: "WORLD ABOUT US" series:

"WILD HORSES" (Assistant Producer)

1977-78 "WILDTRACK" and "ANIMAL MAGIC": Studio based magazine programmes, with film inserts; including some live transmissions as Studio Director

Film Awards:

1999 FINALIST at the JAPAN WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL, for "DANCE OF THE SIFAKA"

1999 FINALIST at the SONDRIO FILM FESTIVAL, ITALY, for "LIVING EDENS: ETOSHA"

1998 BEST DIRECTION AWARD: JULES VERNE FILM FESTIVAL, PARIS, for "LIVING EDENS: ETOSHA"

1997 M. A. PARTHA SARATHY AWARD for Excellence, at the 1997 JACKSON HOLE WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL, by the INTERNATIONAL NATURE FILMS AND TELEVISION FESTIVALS ORGANISATION, for "DANCE OF THE SIFAKA"

1996 MERIT AWARD: INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL, MISSOULA, MONTANA for "NIGHTMARES OF NATURE"

1995 SPECIAL CONSIDERATION AWARD at the JACKSON HOLE WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL for "SECRETS OF THE WILD PANDA"

1993 GENESIS AWARD from the ARK TRUST, LOS ANGELES for the IMAX 70mm. FILM: "MOUNTAIN GORILLA"

1991 GOLDEN PLAQUE AWARD at the SONDRIO FILM FESTIVAL, ITALY for "GORILLAS IN THE MIDST OF MAN".

1985 FIRST PRIZE at the ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL at Annecy, France for "SKYDIVE TO AUTANA"

1985 CHRISTOPHER AWARD for "THE LIVING PLANET"

1984 INTERNATIONAL PRIMETIME EMMY for "THE LIVING PLANET - THE SKY ABOVE"

1984 TEDDY AWARD from the NATIONAL OUTDOOR TRAVEL FILM FESTIVAL, awarded by the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association, for "WAORANI"

1983 GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD at the NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL for "WAORANI"

1981 WORLD WILDLIFE FUND AWARD for: "GENTLY SMILING JAWS"

1980 INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC FILM AWARD for "VAMPIRE"

Other Awards:

1989 CHERRY KEARTON MEDAL from the ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY

1982 SPORT PARACHUTIST D Licence (Experienced)

1972 ROYAL AIR FORCE: SPECIAL FLYING AWARD

1971 WINSTON CHURCHILL FELLOWSHIP to lead BRITISH EXPEDITION TO MOUNT RORAIMA

Writing Activities:

Narration Scripts for Television Films; Feature Articles for Magazines; Individual Chapters for Books, eg.: WILDLIFE THROUGH THE CAMERA (BBC); THE INDEPENDENT TRAVELLER'S HANDBOOK (WEXAS); Expedition Report: RORAIMA (Editor,1971)

Interests:

Conservation of wildlife and the environment; cinematography, photography; flying (private pilot qualification 1972, and Commercial Pilot's Licence 2000); skydiving (over 2,000 jumps); paragliding; scuba. Fellow and former Committee member of the Royal Geographical Society. Member of Survival International; Committee Member of IAWF (International Association of Wildlife Filmmakers); DPRS (Directors and Producers Rights Society; ALCS (Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society); Cessna Pilots Association; Life member: Scientific Exploration Society, Member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association).

 

   

 

 

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