This week I chat with photographer and documentary filmmaker Ian Shive. We discuss his new Discovery+ nature special The Last Unknown. We dive into preparing for a trip of this magnitude. We cover funding, gears, drones, challenges, and more. Ian takes viewers along an awe-inspiring journey to the Aleutian Islands to document its incredible natural wonders and wildlife in THE LAST UNKNOWN which began streaming Thursday, March 18 on discovery+.
As a photographer, author, film and television producer, conservationist, and educator, Ian has captured some of the world’s most pristine environments and the vital message of conservation. In 2020, he launched the Discovery digital series “Nature in Focus,” where Ian explored the planet as host and executive producer. In 2019, Ian led several expeditions to some of the world’s most remote coral atolls for the giant-screen film, Hidden Pacific, which he directed and produced.
Hidden Pacific brings to life in IMAX 3D the vibrant marine national monuments at the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean — thriving ecosystems filled with colorful coral reefs, large colonies of birds, and threatened species that depend on these habitats for survival. He is the author of several, best-selling books including the award-winning The National Parks: An American Legacy, and his latest best-selling book released in October 2020, Refuge: America’s Wildest Places, which celebrates the National Wildlife Refuge System.
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THE LAST UNKNOWN is produced by Tandem Stills + Motion, Inc. for discovery+. Ian Shive and Marc Summers are Executive Producers for Tandem. Christina Bavetta, Kristen Variola, and Scott Lewers are Executive Producers for discovery+.