About Us
Wildvistas is managed by Shanthi and Ashish Chandola.

Ashish Chandola

Ashish worked as an assistant to the late G. Dieter Plage in Yala, Wilpattu and Gal Oya National Parks, Sri Lanka on his productions for Survival Anglia Ltd. UK.

As an independent cameraman, Ashish has shot wildlife films exclusively for Survival Anglia in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. From time to time, Ashish has worked for other Producers/Production companies and has also shot and produced programmes for various Departments of the Ministry of Forests & Environment, Government of India.

Long term plans for the future: To film and produce factually and scientifically accurate short and medium length films on wildlife and critical habitats in English and regional languages. To disseminate these through all available means to reach a large audience down to the grass root level. The aim: Enhance awareness, remove misconceptions and create informed appreciation of wildlife, environment and related public interest subjects and issues.

Following is a list of programmes filmed and/or produced by Ashish:

March 2005 - Produced a documentary on the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve with special emphasis on Bandipur Tiger Reserve for the Karnataka Forest Department as part of the UN Man & Biosphere programme.
October 2004 – Produced a documentary on the Asian Elephants for Project Elephant, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India.   The film titled ‘Living with Giants’ has been produced in English, Hindi, Kannada and Assamese. 
2000/2001 – Focused on building an Internet based site on wildlife and protected areas in South Asia, aimed at providing accurate and up to date information.
1999 – August/September Wild elephant behavior sequence filmed for Our Small Planet, Michigan, USA at Bandipur National Park.
1998 – 1999 - Indian Wild Dog denning behavior for Feline Connections – BBC Natural History Unit. Film titled ‘A Wild Bunch’
1995 –1998 - A one-hour ‘Survival’ special production for which was completed in October 1998 on the Great Indian Rhino and associated species found at Kaziranga National Park in the North East Indian State of Assam.  Lead cameraman.
1993 - 1995 - Shooting a one-hour ‘special’ for Survival Anglia Ltd., Norwich on Central Indian Wildlife. Fieldwork for this was completed in December 1994. The finished film titled ‘The Tigers Next Door’ was produced in May 1995.
1992 - 1993 - Worked on various projects obtaining wildlife and Natural History footage for various producers including American Adventure Productions, Aspen; Colorado; mainly interviews, and covering a conference on tiger conservation in Delhi. For Partridge Films Ltd.; Bristol; supplied footage of tiger, and prey species from Madhya Pradesh.
1990 - 1992 - Filmed at over eight locations in India and Produced for the Wildlife Institute of India, a film on the Institute’s work and activities.
1987 - 1989 - On location in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Ladakh, on two projects, one on the ecology of the Great Indian Bustard and the other on Himalayan wildlife including the snow leopard. The Bustard film was completed and produced by Survival Anglia Ltd.
1985 - 1986 - Filmed and produced a documentary film on Manas Tiger Reserve, Assam; sponsored by Government of India’s Project Tiger, titled ‘Many Moods of Manas’
1984 -1985 - Worked on obtaining footage and photographs of wildlife in Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal and Dudhwa National Park in UP.
1982 -1983 - Filming in Sagarmatha (Mt.Everest) National Park in Nepal for a documentary film on the Monal Pheasant. Produced by Survival Anglia Ltd. UK. Film title ‘Bird of Nine Colours’.
From 1981 for fifteen months on location in Dachigam National Park, J&K, shooting a Natural History documentary on the Hangul or Kashmir stag. ‘New Hope for the Hangul’ Survival Anglia Ltd. UK sponsored the film.
1980 – filmed a story on the breeding behaviour of the Pheasant- tailed Jacana. The film called ‘A Floating Home’ was produced by Survival Anglia Ltd.
1979-80 – Worked as assistant cameraman to the late G. Dieter Plage on films featuring Leopard, White-bellied sea eagle, elephants in India and Sri Lanka.
Shanthi Chandola

Shanthi started off as a naturalist and wildlife photographer and then trained briefly with the acclaimed Indian wildlife biologist Dr. K Ullas Karanth in Nagarahole National Park. Her break into wildlife films came in 1995 when she worked for Tigress Productions, UK, as field assistant on their film ‘In the Wild – Asian Elephants with Goldie Hawn’.

Shanthi has worked with the BBC Natural History Unit from time to time including the six part series, ‘Land of the Tiger’, shouldering responsibilities as diverse as conducting reconnaissance to assess filming potential, networking with researchers and research organisations, on location Production assistance, liaison with Government Departments, set building, sound recording, assisting the cameraman and working with presenter – Valmik Thapar. She also assisted in India with the production, ‘Life of Mammals ‘ and with Sir David Attenborough, who is the presenter of the series.

Other films that she has worked on are ‘Viper’s kiss’, a documentary on vipers for BBC-Wildlife on One, ‘India’s Otter Paradise’ a film on Corbett Tiger Reserve, Partridge Films, Bristol, and ‘Great Indian Rhino’ a documentary produced by Survival Anglia Ltd., Norwich and set in Kaziranga National Park, Assam.

Shanthi co-produced a documentary on the Asian Elephants sponsored by ‘Project Elephant’, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India.   The film titled ‘Living with Giants’ has been produced in English, Hindi, Kannada and Assamese and was supported by a grant from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Washington, DC. 

Shanthi has also compiled a book of Black & White photographs and writings of the eminent naturalist, the late Mr. M. Krishnan. The book titled ‘M.Krishnan – Eye in the Jungle’ received good reviews. Besides pursuing film ideas, Shanthi is also working on books for children with wildlife and Natural History as the theme.

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