Every two years a very special dinner is held in central London, the Ormeley Dinner brings together the great and the good – and the financially committed to conservation – to raise funds for some of the world’s most innovative environmental and conservation organisations. The centre piece of the night is a scene setting video and then an auction, which can raise over £1m. Halo Films was asked to produce the film for 2015.
The charities involved are impressive: The Aspinall Foundation headed by Damian Aspinall, The Rain Forest Fund headed by Trudi Styler, Zac Goldsmith’s Ecology Trust and The Elephant Family, the campaigning force set up by the late Mark Shand.
Over the years all of the charities have been involved in major film and TV projects, so all had access to some fabulous archive footage of rare and endangered species. The Aspinall Foundation also shots its own footage of animal repatriations. Our job was then editing.
Working with such footage was a privilege and editor, Laurie Goodwin had the chance to craft a powerful film. To increase the impact we had footage of Prince Charles to use and Charles Dance provided the commentary.
Laurie had this to say about the film:
“I was very privileged to have been able to edit such an excellent project, with the help of a plethora of wonderful and compelling material from the Aspinall archive. I believe that we were able to create a beautiful film for the annual Ormeley Charity dinner and I feel very humbled that the film was played during the fundraising dinner, which encouraged people to donate to these great charities to help continue the ongoing work in humanitarian, animal and environmental conservation for years to come.”