Dan Duran

Dan Duran is the winner of the first annual Wild to Inspire short film contest, launched last year in partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and the Sun Valley Film Festival. As the winner, he’ll be documenting Tanzania’s dynamic Manyara–Tarangire ecosystem, which includes Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks and the AWF-managed Manyara Ranch Conservancy. This is the first post in a series where he’ll spotlight Africa’s wild side and share his experiences from the field as a wildlife filmmaker.

Wild to Inspire: A Week with Bob Poole

For my third and final week in Tanzania, I had the privilege of shooting with the legendary Bob Poole! Bob is a veteran wildlife filmmaker, cinematographer, and has shot, produced, and directed countless films for National Geographic. I’ve been looking forward to working with Bob all week since shooting wildlife is a relatively new genre…

Wild to Inspire: On “Smellavision”, Conservation and the People of Tarangire

Although I’ve been shooting an overabundance of wildlife, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about my experience shooting people on this trip. I do love and appreciate nature, but I’ll admit my style of documentary filmmaking predominately comprises of intimate portraits. My work focuses on people with the visuals driven by…

Wild to Inspire: Speaking Swahili, Lion Sex, and Remembering to Hit “Record”

This past week has felt like one long safari trip that I never want to end. The amount of wildlife, people, and stories I have encountered humbles me greatly and I can’t believe I still have two weeks left. I’ve been to Africa once before. Ghana, West Africa in 2011 to be exact, but my…

Wild to Inspire: Danzania

Dan Duran is the winner of the first annual Wild to Inspire short film contest, launched last year in partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and the Sun Valley Film Festival.  As the winner, he’ll be documenting  Tanzania’s dynamic Manyara–Tarangire ecosystem, which includes Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks and the AWF-managed Manyara Ranch…