Insect Guardian

Butterfly paradise

82 year old Willem bought an remote potato farmfield back in 1980 and transformed it into a butterfly paradise. For almost 40 years he works the land with shovel and scythe in order to preserve the butterflies. Willem's paradise has become one of the most important habitats in the region for these fluttering beauties.

But Willem has a problem. Due to an overload of nitrogen in the air, Willem’s flower rich butterfly paradise gets slowly driven away by a monoculture of grass.

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Director: Tim Visser

With an adventurous creative spirit, Tim (1987) has always wondered about the environment around him. His passions are nature, art and science. During his studies in media design, film-art and media management he started to get interested in wildlife filmmaking. In his wildlife filmmaking career he specialized in visual storytelling with a wide range of (self-build) techniques. His work has been seen in numerous feature films and television programs. He has also produced short films which have been shown at international film festivals.
Growing up in the highly densely populated country The Netherlands, Tim has always been interested in the friction between man and nature. This topic forms one of the biggest inspirations for him to develop video concepts. He is able to do this with his company Jester&Wylde he founded in 2021 with Sander van Iersel. They produce nature and science documentaries.

6 Min.
SUB: English
Director: Tim Visser
Script: Tim Visser
Cinematography: Tim Visser & Sander van Iersel
Editing: Tim Visser & Sander van Iersel
Music: Stock music
Narrator: Willem van Hemme
Editor: -
Producer: Wild Step
Nominations: Audience Award Best Short Film 2019
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