Filmmaking

FROM DELICACY TO ROYALTY: THE PEACOCK

A short documentary chronicling the symbology and natural history of the Indian Peafowl, the most recognized peacock subspecies in the world.

From Delicacy to Royalty: The Peacock (Full Film)

THE DEVIL BIRD OF SRI LANKA

Back in 2014, when I first ventured into documentary filmmaking in college, we were making a short doc about owls in Sri Lanka. During the shoot, we came across a very interesting owl called the “Forest Eagle Owl”, A.K.A ‘The Devil Bird’.

Why is it called the Devil Bird? Well, there’s intriguing mythology behind this particular owl, and I made two documentaries about it that went viral (“The Devil Bird of Sri Lanka” and “Voice of the Night”). Both docs are available online.

In 2018, Discovery Channel in Canada wrote to me saying that they were doing a little piece about this mythology based on my documentaries, so I gladly provided permission to use my footage. You can watch their clip below.

Discovery Channel segment on the ‘Devil Bird’

WILD SRI LANKA: REALM OF THE LEOPARD

With my team in 2017, I formulated the idea of making a broadcast length 45-minute wildlife documentary. At that time it was called “Wild Lives – Sri Lanka” and we managed to film most of Sri Lanka’s iconic wildlife.

Shortly afterward, we managed to secure a distributor (Earth Touch) and they suggested we re-edit the film to focus more on the leopard. After 5 months of hectic re-editing and revising, we finally finished the film in September 2018.

Then in early 2019, we received good news when our distributor informed us that Discovery Channel (Asia) wanted to acquire the film. I was over the moon! Years of hard work finally paid off! So now, as of writing, the film is set to be broadcast by Discovery Channel in South East Asia in 2019.

Film Poster for “Wild Sri Lanka – Realm of the Leopard”

SRI LANKA – BIG FOUR

This short documentary was compiled from footage shot in early 2019 at several national parks in the country. It focuses on the ‘Big Four’ animals of Sri Lanka (the elephant, leopard, sloth bear and blue whale).

It was picked up by online streaming platform ‘ECOSTREAMZ’ for distribution and is now available to view at their website: https://ecostreamz.vhx.tv/sri-lanka-big-4

Poster for “Sri Lanka – Big Four”

BROWN WOOD OWL: JUVENILE’S JOURNEY

This was my first foray into wildlife filmmaking. I wrote and directed this in 2014, and it was screened at 20 international film festivals, including the ‘Wildlife Conservation Film Festival’ in NYC, USA.

The film is about the journey of two juvenile owls discovered in a crevice of a tree in rural Sri Lanka.

‘Brown Wood Owl’ – Juvenile’s journey (Full Film)

VOICE OF THE NIGHT: THE DEVIL BIRD OF SRI LANKA

Following the success of my previous documentary short (“The Devil Bird of Sri Lanka”, which can be seen below), I wrote the script for a ‘sequel’ in early 2017 after I graduated from college. Following my move back to Sri Lanka, I got my team together and made this documentary, which also won the ‘REEL 13’ weekly short film contest. This film was eventually broadcast on WNET/Channel 13 in New York City, USA.

‘Voice of the Night’ – Full Film

THE DEVIL BIRD OF SRI LANKA

We filmed this at the zoo in Dehiwala, Sri Lanka in 2014. At the time, no other documentaries were made about the notorious ‘Devil Bird of Sri Lanka’. Of course, imitations and rip-offs followed using our content, but this is the original documentary where it all started. Although this was, in fact, a college film project that eventually got international attention (as of writing it has 200K views on YouTube).

‘Devil Bird of Sri Lanka’ – Full Film