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Safari Docu-Series

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INTRODUCTION

The Great Trek, is a cause-driven reality based docu-series of eco-safari adventures of high profile / celebrity guests in Africa. 

 

Hosted by James Suter, noted South African wildlife filmmaker, safari guide and conservationist. They venture into frontline Africa to shine a light on hot-button ecological and environmental issues affecting the continent as experienced first-hand through the eyes, minds and hearts of celebrity 'Pathfinders' and the people they meet on the way. 

 

Backed up by a courageous, tight knit, dynamic and diverse crew who have been crafting beautiful and profoundly affecting award winning stories from the frontline of African conservation for close to a decade.

[POSITIVE PATHWAYS THROUGH AFRICA, THE WORLD.

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The Great Trek

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In Africa features award winning cinematography by James Suter and team. All footage ©  BlackBean Prod. 

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THE PATH

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As the cradle of humanity, Africa is a global heritage, and the need to defend it's wildlife and wilderness is a global responsibility. The challenges to the continent have never been greater. But in the face of relentless poaching, deforestation, corruption, pollution, war, poverty and population growth, the problems seem so big and out of control they lead to feelings of apathy and helplessness. A situation so serious, or sad people become numb to it....

But these stories are not tragedies, they are the ultimate dramas. Where the stakes really are life and death. Drama connects. Audiences always relate and engage with real human stories told well. This is where James and the team come in, to tell these stories using the global reach of celebrities.

 

Through powerful storytelling, world class cinematography, and state of the art technology, the show focuses on the people and organizations doing the work in the field that are are truly impactful and making a difference.

 

Real life drama shown in a way that captures much wider audiences than those only interested in wildlife and conservation. High stakes storytelling that attracts and engages critical mass in the media culture to always return the focus to Africa.

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Pitch
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THE PITCH

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THE PITCH

Structure / Format –  Self contained docu-style hybrid / hidden format show

Each episode has a common structure but different locations and experiences uniquely tailored to the guest Pathfinder.

 

Bespoke adventures in far flung wilderness areas, on the frontlines of conservation, close encounters with wildlife, people, conservationists, communities. Walking dangerous game or confronting the uglier aspects (nsfw?) of man/nature conflict/ the edge of extinction…. A no frills adventure where for a few days they are separated from their comforts, become part of the team under James’ expert guidance, and experience the joy, the heartbreak and sense of wonder of Africa beside our team... 

 

Each journey is tailored around a mission dear to the Pathfinder but experienced from a different/fresh angle or perspective for their supporters/followers. They will be involved in the telling of their story.

 

Conversations will be directed but largely unscripted. Daily interviews are conducted by James about the day and how they felt, what happened and where they are at in their journey. 

 

Filming takes place “around the clock” to capture the full spectrum of the experience, the unguarded moments around a fireside, the challenge of being disconnected from technology, sleeping under the stars, etc. etc. behind-the-scenes, humorous, powerful and unplanned. Africa can have a powerful effect on people and / and the chance to see famous people let their guard down, makes for compelling content.

moved, touched, changed by the experience [seeing people we think we know well profoundly affected] something they will never forget. TECHNOLOGY and the amazing impact TECHNOLOGY is having and will have on Africa [malaria & mobile phones/Gates Foundation]…*The show’s objective is to create authentic adventures for it’s pathfinders but safety and security will be paramount. The team will never be far from a support team of rangers, medics, etc.

THE SETTING

The show is highly visual taking full advantage of Africa's legendary scenery, from the sweeping plains of the Serengeti to the pinnacle of Mount Kilimanjaro, the epic Rift Valley, to the impenetrable jungles of Congo and the vast watery expanse of the Okavango Delta.

Every adventure of In Africa is a journey of discovery into nature but also a personal journey.

The world of is full of drama, no matter how much preparation, it’s impossible to anticipate every eventuality. This is where experience, steely resolve and quick witted crews are needed.

 

Engaging, and meaningful docu-series that will contribute to positive change in Africa through beautifully filmed and conceived adventures...This is what In Africa brings to the screen.

Through a break with the everyday world, guests get a different/fresh angle or perspective they can later share with their supporters/followers. 

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EPISODE OVERVIEW

  • Introductory interview 'Pathfinder" guest in their ‘normal life’ prior to the trip – their excitement, apprehension 

  • Arrival in Africa, meeting James and orientation with the team

  • Briefing on the issue at hand, threatened species/eco system / key players making a difference.

  • Travel to the affected area experiencing wildlife and local people

  • Adventurous activity such as walking dangerous game, horseback safari, camping out, de-horning a rhino 

  • Meeting and time spent with individuals directly involved in the cause/issue

  • Impactful human moments/funny moments/emotional moments

  • Pathfinder input into crafting the message, editing the episode

  • Interview with the Pathfinder at the end of the trip

  • Words from the team at the end of the trip (and behind-the-scenes footage)

viral Call-to-Action built into each guest episode so it becomes a targeted fundraising mechanism for their ‘cause’.

THE AFRICAN CONTINENT IS SO LARGE YOU CAN FIT CHINA, EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA AND INDIA INTO IT.

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SEASON ONE

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