The films that we've devised and produced ourselves (or worked on for other companies), fall into three broad categories (there are others, but these are the main ones). Click on one of the panels below to watch a film from each category.
You can also see a more complete list of Martin Belderson's credits.
Rough Science III - New Zealand
Four Winds' Martin Belderson was director/producer on six thirty-minute films for BBC2. In each episode five scientists were given three days to carry out seemingly impossible assignment using only materials that they can scrounge together.
UFOs Down to Earth
A big-budget series for The Discovery Network that investigated UFOs and close encounters. From Area 51 to Siberia and from eerie balls to light to debunking alien autopsy films.
Horizon: Close Encounters
An investigation into the alien abduction phenomena featuring Dr. Susan Blackmore.
The Einstein Channel
One hundred and twenty-five short science films, each five minutes long, were edited in six month at Four Windss.
Horizon: Crater of Death
A film for the BBC's flagship series Horizon. The story of the asteroid/cometary strike that wiped out the dinosaurs. The impact montage is frequently seen on the news (from Denmark to New Zealand) when another asteroid near miss is reported.
The film tells the dtective story of the discovery of the smoking gun responsible for the death of the dinosaurs: the giant crater buried beneath the fishing village of Chicxulub on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. It features the late, great Gene Shoemaker. Also underwater footage of the rare nautilus.
Shot on Super-16mm using Arri SRs.
Principal cinematographer: Richard Edwards
Sound: Dave Blackham
Additional camera: Andrew Hartley
Editor: Brian Tomkins
Dubbing Mixer: Adam Severs
Director-Producer: Martin Belderson
Made on a lesser budget and in approx. half the production time-scale of the average overseas-shot Horizon. This shows in the budget allocated to the meagre graphics. And these pressures featured on the shoot: three continents in eighteen days with more time spent traveling than shooting.
However, it has proved popular, with people reporting seeing it in territories from Denmark to the Lebanon and New Zealand to Mexico. Which reminds me, it could not have been made without the enthusiastic help of all the scientists involved, especially Alberto Trejo Garcia from the National University of Mexico. UNM's staff eased us through many of the difficulties and dangers overseas crews encounter in their country.
Uploaded from a 4x3 DVCAM copy from DigiBeta, so apologies for the quality. Wish I had a 16x9 show print.
Defenders of the Wild
A series profiling individuals around the world who have dedicated their lives to protecting wildlife. From the marshes of Brazil, to taking on the Mafia in Sicily and protecting river dolphins in the Himalayas.
The first hard evidence of an attack on a human by a wild big cat in Britain. It was the source of a front-page story in The Sun
O'Shea's Dangerous Creatures - South America
A wildlife series where snake expert Mark O'Shea goes in search of the most dangerous reptiles in the world.
A profile of eco-pirates The Sea Shepherds and their founder Paul Watson. Winner of a Best Film and four merit awards at the International Wildlife Festival, Missoula.
The Sea Shepherds chase the Japanese and Taiwanese drift net fleets in an epic confrontation in '94. Also contains footage of the Norwegian whaler scuttled by the SSCS and for which action Paul Watson went to prison. Plus archive footage of rammings and other actions, even footage of Paul Watson's experience at the Siege of Wounded Knee.
This is a slightly different take on the Shepherds from that shown on 'Whale Wars'. Oh, and Peter Brown is not the character he is re-edited to be on that series.
Super-16mm/16x9 on Arri SR.
Principal cinematographer: Richard Edwards
Sound: Sean Taylor
Additional camera: Peter Brown, Andrew Hartley and Mark McKillop (and I was the dope who climbed the mast to get the high-angle shots of the ship using a hand-held Beaulieu 16mm).
Film Editor: Mike Eustace
Dubbing Mixer: Steve Haynes
Director/Producer: Martin Belderson
Bonington's Secret Mountain
Sir Chris Bonington's expedition to remote NE Tibet - an eight part series for the YMPA/Discovery Channel/Channel Four.
Three Rivers, The Brooklyn Bridge and Lady Liberty
A film about open water swim races in the rivers around Manhattan and the clean up of New York's once heavily polluted rivers. It features the annual Liberty Island Challenge, The Brooklyn Bridge race and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim: one circuit of the island.
The Sports Emmy winning film starring Catherine Destivelle for ESPN/Canal+/Channel Four.
It is a film about the first solo ascent of The Old Man of Hoy, Europe's tallest rock stack.
It won the Sports Emmy for innovative camerawork.
Watch out for for the 'Vomit-cam' shot of the nesting seabirds.
Director: Martin Belderson
Producers: Chris Lister / Jim Curran