I'm building a bus so I can film wildlife in the freezer, says Windmill Hill filmmaker

October 26 2018
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A WINDMILL Hill filmmaker is about to build her own home – a conversion of an American school bus in which she will live and work in the wilds of Canada – and you can follow her on her journey

Louisa Gilbert filming with Sir David Attenborough

Pictured: Louisa filming with Sir David Attenborough

A WINDMILL Hill filmmaker is about to build her own home – a conversion of an American school bus in which she will live and work in the wilds of Canada.

Louisa Gilbert, 30, has worked with Sir David Attenborough and the BBC Natural History Unit in her career as a TV wildlife photographer.

Now she aims to travel across North America with other filmmakers capturing stories of wild places and people’s relationship with animals.

But first she has to buy an old school bus at auction and convert it to a mobile home and film studio, proof against a Canadian winter.  

“I have converted a van into a campervan here in Bristol but this is a next level challenge – it’s going to be a learning process and one which I cannot get wrong if this is going to be my home in British Columbia’s -30dC winter,” said Louisa.

“Wild places: mountains, forests and oceans are sacred places to me. I have had an amazing television career so far and when I turned 30 this year, I asked myself what more I wanted. And it’s to be in the wild. I love making films and telling stories; Bus to the Wild feels like an opportunity to begin my own story. Now I’ve dreamed it up, I have to do it!”

By joining the journey on Louisa’s Instagram page - @bustothewild – you can be a part of the entire process, from the initial bus build in British Columbia through to the ‘behind the scenes’ of a filmmaker’s life in the wilderness.