Dora Nightingale is a filmmaker with a passion for wildlife, nature and alternative lifestyles. She has traveled extensively to shoot documentaries for clients such as National Geographic. Dora spent her teenage years in a darkroom, processing her analogue photographs, has a MA in film studies and has shot over 40 short films and documentaries for TV as well as promos for a variety of companies. She is passionate about foxes and set up Fox Guardians, a charitable company creating good press for foxes. Fox Guardians has a large social media following and many of Dora’s fox films have gone viral online, racking up millions of views. Dora spends her free time watching the wildlife in her garden, swimming in the sea and treasure hunting at jumble sales.
Last summer my life changed forever when a little fox cub visited my urban garden whilst I was watering the lawn. I thought this might have been a one-off fascinating close-up encounter, but later the cub returned and this time brought its siblings along, and together they explored, played and turned my garden into their playground. I soon became hooked on watching and filming them daily and it was a privilege to see them grow up into confident juvenile foxes in front of my eyes over four months. It was fascinating to see their distinct personalities shine through when they interacted, totally at ease in front of my camera.
I have been completely enchanted, or as some might say ‘foxed’, by these beautiful, clever and gentle creatures. Over five months I created a 25 minute documentary called “Foxed” out of 700 hours of mesmerizing rushes. This is the story of Freya, Faith and Me; an inter-species friendship that made me determined to look after these wild animals – that many consider “vermin” that they want to hunt, cull and kill. Foxes are under threat but my garden is their safe haven whenever they may choose to visit.
Whenever your are creating beauty you are restoring your own soul.Alice Walker
After two decades of creating documentaries for German TV all over the world, I am well versed in researching documentaries. From finding interesting locations to recruiting strong protagonists – I can do it all.
I have two decades of experience in directing broadcast crews in a studio or out in the field. I love working as a team but I am also a confident self-shooting director. A favourite part of directing for me is shooting interviews that will have a real impact on a film.
Self-shooting documentaries and promos is second nature to me. Having previously worked with camcorders such as the Sony PD170, I am now shooting on the Panasonic Lumix GH5. I shoot mainly hand-held reportage-style. I have been shooting films for over thirty years now.
Editing is one of my favourite parts of the production process. It is a great creative challenge to decide which shots I will use to tell a story that will have a lasting impact. I have a lot of experience in offline editing and enjoy working with some of my talented colleagues who add finishing touches such as colour grading to the post production process.