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Mara Nights  (1996)

Spotted hyenas photographed using a starlight image intensifying camera, for Mara Nights

The first ever production to record animal behaviour at night without the use of lights, Mara Nights is an intriguing insight into a whole host of unseen nocturnal antics in Kenya's Masai Mara National Park. The normally astute hunting techniques of the lion are replaced by complete reliance on scent and sound, and in the words of the filmmaker Martin Dohrn "bumping into things then jumping on them".

Produced by Dohrn's award-winning production company Ammonite, the film employed revolutionary image-intensifying starlight cameras to capture all of the park's night-time action. Providing a unique view of the park, the innovative new technology looks on as elephants collapse on the grasslands, hyenas take advantage of the moonlight to stalk their prey and baboons squabble in the dark treetops.

Mara Nights was a groundbreaking production, providing a glimpse into the nocturnal activities of a whole host of species.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: Ammonite Ltd.
Email: info@ammonite.co.uk
Website: http://www.ammonite.co.uk

Film credits

Assistant Producer: Luke Schiller
Dubbing Editor: Julie Mitchell
Dubbing Mixer: Graham Wild
Editor: Ian Pitch
Music: Dominic Crawford-Collins
Online Editor: James Cawte
Photography: Martin Dohrn
Photography: Justine Evans
Photography: Nick Turner
Producer: Martin Dohrn
Production: Pete Evans
Production: Britta Holden-Schibli
Production Manager: Sophie Cole
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Production Organisation: Ammonite Ltd.
Scientific Advisor: Paula White
Sound: Chris Watson
Unit Manager: Christina Hamilton
Writer: John Sparks

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Martin Dohrn
Clips
The secretive night-time world of the aardvark
The secretive night-time world of the aa...
Nightlife of the Masai Mara
Nightlife of the Masai Mara
Starlight cameras reveal the nature of life in the dark, on the Masai Mara
Starlight cameras reveal the nature of l...
Nocturnal olympian jumpers of the Masai Mara
Nocturnal olympian jumpers of the Masai ...
Stills
Lioness photographed using a starlight image intensifier camera, for Mara Nights
Lioness photographed using a starlight image...
Filming on location in a Masai village for Mara Nights
Filming on location in a Masai village for...
Spotted hyenas photographed using a starlight image intensifying camera, for Mara Nights
Spotted hyenas photographed using a starlight...
The southern cross star constellation photographed using a starlight image intensifier camera for Mara Nights
The southern cross star constellation photographed...