To explore… to discover those things unseen… to find the magic in moments… to look closer… to share with others and to feel… this is our purpose.
– Into the Wild Films
Who we are
Phil is an award winning videographer. In 2013 he won Best Film in the Tasmanian BOFA Film Festival “Essence of Tasmania” category for his documentary Tasmania Look Closer. Phil is the videographer, editor and producer for Into the Wild Films.
Joan is the behind-the-scenes engine room of Into the Wild Films. Handling all the assistant production functions from expedition planning, to travel and logistics, to providing creative input and advice Joan keeps us performing at our best.
In the end you only regret the chances you didn't take...
Our story begins in late 2012 when after 20 years of working we decided to throw in our jobs and spend a year long sabbatical travelling around Australia.
Into the Wild Films was originally launched on YouTube as Selmesfilms on the 9th of March 2013. Our first natural history documentary, Wild Tasmania is still our most popular video on YouTube.
After returning to work we longed to venture back into the wild, free of daily commutes and work routines, exploring this vast country and creating new films. So in June 2018 we left our jobs again and set about planning an extended break doing what we love.
What originally began with a few video clips during a holiday in 2013 has gradually grown into a YouTube channel with well over a million views and thousands of subscribers.
What does it take to bring our films to the screen?
It all starts with a great sense of adventure, then a lot of driving, hiking, climbing, scrambling, jumping, crawling, humping heavy camera gear around, facing extreme elements and lots of patience. Sometimes it just comes down to being in the right place at the right time.
Our films have been exhibited across the globe shared through social media sites and regional tourism boards.