Interview with Emaneul Kapp, Director of Moz Parks Initiative & Ambassadors of Conservation, US

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Emaneul Kapp

As Director of Moz Parks Initiative, Emaneul uses his eye for creative videography to educate the public and capture austere moments.

Interview with the 2019 Vega Awards Winner -Emaneul Kapp

1Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your background.

Being involved in the film and video industry for over 30 years, I get to share my knowledge and love for conservation with an amazing non-profit.

One of my main goals is to document all the projects we embark on, so that we can share our information and experiences with the general public. Media can be a powerful tool for educating both the masses here in the U.S. but also the local communities. I believe that providing a platform to what conservation organizations and captive breeders do here in the U.S. is paramount in shifting public opinion and fostering an environment of success for the ex situ populations. Likewise, I believe that garnering the local communities support and motivation through media content and “boots on the ground” education is one of the best means of protecting the in situ populations.

2What made you become/why did you choose to become a digital designer/artist?

My father bought me my first camera when I was 16 years old and I immediately fell inlove with film and video, after school I continued my passion by joining the South African Police force in their film and video department. After 10 years of service I started my own production company.

3Tell us more about your business/company, job profile, and what you do.

Filming and releasing short videos on what we do and why we do it has shown to be very effective in educating the public and raising funds for our projects.

4To you, what makes a “good” design?

Passion for the subject, determined to get the right shot, and knowledge of the subject your recording. If you have those 3 things covered, the design will speak for itself and if you’re a creative mind it will all come together beautifully.

5Describe your design style and its main characteristics.

I love filming in real time, capturing the moment as it happens. Filming wildlife you don’t always get a second take anyways, but I like applying that to the majority of my work. If it happens naturally it will feel natural to your audience as well.

6Tell us about your design process.

We do a lot of planning, especially since we work with dangerous animals and task forces that’s not necessarily use to a camera following them. So planning and prepping the team prior to the shoot is essential.

7Where do you draw inspiration from?

Wildlife and the people protecting it.

8Congratulations! As the winner of the 2019 Vega Awards, what does it mean to you and your company and team to receive this award distinction?

It’s a great honor to be recognize for the work we do. Everything we do is to promote conservation efforts and to be recognize for the work that we do helps us in those efforts.

9Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2019 Vega Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

We entered two entries this year, The Last Of Their Kind, which is about protecting the Southern White Rhino and how we’re going about it. We’re taking our efforts further and exploring IVF to help protect this iconic species, but also continuing the fight against anti-poaching.

The second entry, Fire and Ice, will follow Stephanie Perry all over the globe as she gives up her lavish Houston lifestyle to explore different cultures and how they’re playing a role in preserving wildlife and helping conservation efforts in different parts of the world.

10What was the biggest challenge with this project?

Wildlife, filming without a script can be challenging. We always have an outline of what we’d like to capture, but nature always throughs us a curve ball.

11How has winning an Award developed your practice/career?

It has encouraged me to keep growing and push my creative thought so that I can improve on my best work yet.

12What are your top three (3) favorite things about the digital industry?

Sharing my work and its message is as easy as posting it on the right platforms.

The vast amount of opinions I can get, it’s never been easier to get input from an audience.

It’s permanent.

13Where do you see the evolution of digital industry going over the next 5-10 years?

It’s going to take over everything, if it hasn’t already.

14If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring Vega Award submitter, what advice would you give them?

Be creative, and don’t be scared to explore different topics and opinions. Listen to criticism, but don’t let it discourage you, let it inspire you.

15What resources would you recommend to someone who wants to improve their skills in the digital industry?

There’s so many webinars you can sign up for, do and stay current with the industry matters.

16Tell us something you have never told anyone else.

I’ve always wanted to be an actor, but ended up behind the camera. Looking back now I probably would have loved acting, but not as much as directing and producing films.

17Who has inspired you in your life and why?

My wife and kids. Their support has meant the world to me and has allowed me to follow my dreams.

18What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?

Key to success is the support of my family. I travel a lot for my career and knowing they’re home supporting me allows me to be creative and flexible with my filming adventures. If I can give you any words of wisdom it’s to have a support system at home as much as the one you have on location with you.

Winning Entries

The Last Of Their Kind | 2019


Ambassadors of Conservation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and proliferation of wildlife...
(read more at Vega Awards)

Moz Parks Initiative

Moz Parks Initiative

Moz Parks Initiative films great work and educates the public with environmental issues and public awareness.

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