As director, lighting cameraman, editor and activist, Paul Redman has been a campaigning filmmaker in the environmental movement for more 10 years, with the Environmental Investigation Agency and, since 2006, also with Handcrafted Films.
His work has involved directing, filming and editing a variety of short films for advocacy on a range of issues including the international illegal trade in tiger parts, the whale and dolphin trade, illegal logging and the ivory trade.
This work has involved extensive travel in hazardous environments as part of a small crew using both open and covert filming techniques.
Paul’s footage has been used in news features and for programming on BBC, Sky, CNN and a number of other major broadcasters; in 2011, he appeared in front of the cameras during the filming of an undercover investigation in Japan for National Geographic’s Hunt for the Whalers documentary.
In February 2012, he directed and edited the 52-second film Amazon Sells Whale Meat, released as a key element of EIA’s campaign to urge internet giant Amazon to stop selling cetacean products via its subsidiary Amazon Japan; the company backed down and withdrew all such products within 24 hours, after the film had been widely shared, embedded and viewed thousands of times. He has also trained activists in media-based campaigning techniques in Indonesia, Papua, India and Tanzania as part of extensive UK Government-funded training programs. Paul’s directing work with Handcrafted Films, which he co-founded, has produced a number of award-winning short films for major development funders (UK DFID, European Forestry Institute) and non-governmental organisations (Amnesty, WSPA).
He has been nominated three times for the Filmmakers For Conservation ‘Filmmaker of the Year’ award.
By Jason Peters