This HD special follows the lives of lions in a world dominated by three-ton giants. The Luangwa valley is a place of drama and contrast. It’s a place where a single annual event brings both life and death. The dry season sees many animals parish, but in return provide crucial meals for others. For a lion growing up in the constant presence of hippos a dangerous world awaits, and with the ever-increasing pressure of a drying season the ultimate dilemma is to survive yet another season while keeping clear of the razor-sharp tusks of starving, agitated hippos. Every so often a member of the pride or pod falls victim to Nature’s dark side…
A co-production with Smithsonian Channel
Format: 1 x50′ HD Special
Co-produced by: Smithsonian Channel, Into Nature Productions & Boksdocs
Produced by: Will & Lianne Steenkamp
Executive Producers: Charles Poe & Marjolein Duermeijer
Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
The Hippo Supremacy
In many of Africa’s waterways lives one of the heaviest animals on earth. Their closest living relatives are cetaceans –the whales and dolphins. Despite fearsome tusks and a jaw that can open wider than any other land mammal, they are herbivores.The ancient Greeks named the animal ‘River Horse’. We call it the Hippopotamus. In Zambia’s Luangwa River, hippos dominate life in the water – here they reign supreme.
Format: 1 x60′ HD Special
Produced for: National Geographic
Produced by: Marjolein Duermeijer & Evert van den Bos
Cinematography & Field Producers: Will & Lianne Steenkamp
Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
White Lions Born Wild & White Lions Living Wild
A story about two extremely rare white lion cubs, born wild in the Timbavati region of the Greater Kruger National Park, where white lions naturally occur. In this film we follow their growth from vulnerable cubs to adulthood. Every day brings new encounters and new challenges which our lions must learn to cope with. This is a true wildlife story, following the two cubs’ journey of survival. Through their experiences we will learn what it’s really like to be a rare white lion – living wild…
Format: 2 x60′ HD Special
Produced for: Terra Mater
Produced by: Stef Muller, Joe Kennedy & Charlene Waite
DOP: Lianne Steenkamp
Field Producer: Will Steenkamp
Location: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa
(View this film now on PBS click here)
Lianne has always been passionate about wildlife and in 2005, while studying at film school in The Netherlands, she took the opportunity to join a wildlife production company in South Africa. This led to a fulltime position with DewClaw Productions where she was involved as a Production Manager.
A year later DewClaw Productions formed The Natural History Unit (NHU) Africa, and Lianne became the principal Camera Operator as well as a Producer. She was also part of the organizing team for Wild Talk Africa, Africa’s only wildlife film festival, and was a Course Manager at the Wildlife Film Academy for over a year. During her years at NHU Africa Lianne produced and filmed several programs, of which several have won awards.
In 2009 Lianne moved on and became the fulltime Camera Operator for Obsessively Creative, working together with acclaimed Producers Joe Kennedy and Stef Muller. For Obsessively Creative she has been based in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, where she has filmed a 1-hour special on lions and a series on leopards. Other work she has done includes a collection of short programs for Earth Touch.
Will grew up amongst nature enthusiasts, and he soon became one himself. Passionate about wildlife and conservation, Will completed a national diploma in Nature Conservation after which he became a game ranger. Several years later he got involved with eco-tourism as a manager at an exclusive Big Five-game lodge in the Waterberg, and it was during this time that he was introduced to the world of wildlife filmmaking.
In 2005 Will joined wildlife production company Homebrew Films as a Researcher and Production Manager. Early thereafter he became the Director of the acclaimed weekly environmental series ‘Groen’ (meaning ‘Green’). He has directed and assist-produced over 195 half hours of this series, along with a 13 part HD series on wildlife relocation, a 13 part children’s wildlife series, as well as a 1-hour special on chameleons.
Will has been involved with several other wildlife productions and he has regularly given lectures at the Wildlife Film Academy.
In 2008 he completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Management, and at the beginning of 2010 he formed Into Nature Productions with his wife.