Martin's struggle to film an otter [online blog]

Pullan, Martin (2018) Martin's struggle to film an otter [online blog]. Educing Frames [website] . (Unpublished)

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Martins struggle to film an Otter on the River Eden. Day one commenced with gathering all the photographic equipment for the project. Outdoor filmmaking requires all material to be checked and in working order. The leading protagonist Martin Pullan is a Wildlife Media Undergraduate studying at the University of Cumbria. Martins goal is to put into practice researched fieldcraft techniques. The outcome is to meet the second protagonist the otter. Research identifies how to track an otter from footprints and spraint which the mammal leaves behind. Day 2 commenced with a long 8k walk along the river bank seeking out signs of otter tracks. The evening draws near with no signs of the otter along this part of the Eden. Day 3 started with Martin meeting an expert Cain Scrimgeour to seek out any further advice. Consultation leads to new research in the campus library. An early start to Day 4 with a new location further down the Eden. Despite the fact of the rain and cold weather, tracking was severe along the edge of the river banks. The spirit of the monitoring and imminent threat of no otter on the River Eden, the mood was low. A new location was selected which looked more favorable. Challenging days ahead and perseverance paid off with the sighting of some possible footprints. Lifting the apprehension of otter tracks, consultation with the expert for clarification. An unfavorable outcome and determination to succeed.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Educing Frames [website]
Publisher: Martin Pullan
Departments: Institute of Arts > Media Arts
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2019 16:50
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 08:01


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