Nature Picture Library’s latest showreel (or should that be snowreel?) features some of our favourite wintery footage.
Rose, our video editor, explains how she put the snowreel together
Our winter ‘Snowreel’ is the first in a series of seasonal showreels that we will be releasing across the year. Since first starting in 2003, Nature Picture Library has built a name via our outstanding collection of the world’s best nature images. Less well known, however, is our ever-expanding video selection, containing a diverse range of high-quality footage of species, locations and conservation issues from around the globe. Creating showreels featuring this footage is an enjoyable exercise, as I get to spend my working day viewing and editing the inspiring content submitted by our talented video contributors.
After such a challenging year for so many, I wanted our winter showreel to be an uplifting one. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, snow is synonymous with the festive period, so I chose to collect a range of clips that I felt reflected the awe and joy it brings to people across the world.
Personally, reviewing and editing the footage for the showreel brought me both of those things. For anyone familiar with video editing, you will know that it can be a repetitive process, chopping and changing sequences means you often end up viewing the video over and over again – however, the footage of the Adelie penguins chasing each other never failed to make me smile. The comical nature of the clip reminded me of those sibling scuffles on Christmas day over the last of the chocolates.
Within the showreel, I also wanted to include footage that was reminiscent of the picturesque winter scenes on our Christmas cards, and this provided me with an opportunity to showcase some of Nature Picture Library’s dynamic timelapses and drone footage. As it does to anyone who sees it, the aurora instantly sparked my imagination and with it being such a beautiful and unique phenomenon, it was a must to include.
Deep and crisp and even
Pal Hermansen’s stunning drone footage also provided some of my favourite winter scenes, as they reminded me of my favourite thing about snow – the stillness after it settles. Viewing the drone footage would often leave me daydreaming about exploring silent, snow-covered coniferous forests.
It’s safe to say, seeing all of the beautiful clips and images from the library can leave you with itchy feet at times! Unfortunately, given the current circumstances, I imagine travelling will not be on many of our agendas for the foreseeable. However, with our contributors capturing fantastic footage on their local patches and a vast collection of video clips at our fingertips, we will make sure we continue to bring you more of nature’s wonders from around the world throughout the year!
2020 proved that the natural world continues to bring comfort and happiness to us in the hardest of times. However, to keep on enjoying the species and habitats that we see on our Christmas cards, it is our responsibility to give back and continue helping nature, too. After all – our wildlife is not just for Christmas!