Wonderful People Wednesday, wildlife conservation, wildlife documentary, rhino poaching, anti-poaching ranger, film maker, Ryan Sean Davy.
[Ryan kindly contributed the awsome rhino footage for “The Rhino’s Song”]
It was mid-May when Ryan first wrote Nikela:
“I am hoping you can help. Myself and Donald Schultz are in pre-production for the first of a series of documentaries to aid in anti-poaching of endangered species in South Africa starting with the Rhino. We are both freelancers and since we could not get any studios on board we have opted to go at it ourselves.”
He went on to ask if we could help with connections to the people and information they needed for the film. Before I allowed myself to get too excited I thought I’d better check out these two guys, after all, we did not want to lead two possible poachers right to the rhino.
Of course, we found nothing but good stuff about them both. Today I want to tell you a little about what I’ve learned about Ryan over the past two months and why he was chosen for Wonderful People Wednesday.
Like me, Ryan grew up in South Africa surrounded by horses. His teen years found him doing what many only dream about, surfing the great waves off the famous Natal coast. He fell in love with the power of nature, experiencing it and capturing it with a camera.
Before he turned 20 he had not only joined but proven his skill and was appointed the leader of his anti-poaching unit. While spending days in the bush tracking, watching and waiting he used every spare second filming and compiling footage with borrowed equipment.
Never having set foot in a movie production classroom Ryan chose to grow his filming skills by offering his services for free. After learning what was needed he started his own production company focusing on adventure and sports documentaries.
One thing led to another and before long he was shooting commercials, inserts and short films including the heart pounding feature film, “Lords of Exile”. The story of an orphan boy’s journey into the nightmare of human trafficking and back again. (View the trailer.)
Ryan has a knack for capturing the unthinkable and presenting the world with the unspeakable while entertaining, shocking and inspiring us all at the same time.
Despite his talent and dogged tenacity, Ryan is unassuming, approachable and fun. As we have communicated over the last weeks I’ve journeyed with him into the bush, narrowly escaped being charged by a rhino bull, found myself in the hidden world of trafficking and seen how adeptly Ryan gets past huge obstacles.
We’re delighted to support Ryan with his present production that gets at the very core of the poaching issue. (View an early teaser.)
Next week you too will have the privilege of getting to know Ryan as we go behind the scenes with him via his personal notes, photos and video clips.