Please tell us about yourself
Eshika’s love for wildlife began as a young girl and since then, she is living by one motto – Giving back to the earth by telling its stories. She pursued her Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking from the University of West England in Bristol and was also placed at BBC Natural History Unit and Icon Films.
24-year-old Eshika Fyzee found herself drawn to the mysteries and magnificence of the wild and is a wildlife filmmaker who focuses on creating content that inspires change and furthers conservation of the natural world. With a Bachelor’s in Literature and Film studies, Eshika took the first ticket out, all the way to South Africa, and thus, began her journey as a filmmaker.
How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and fascinating career?
“Luckily, I wasn’t tied to a job for too long before this. But regardless, everyone told me that wildlife filmmaking had absolutely no job security, no money, and barely any opportunities, and they were absolutely right! I previously did placements at a newspaper company and at an animation studio, but as interesting as those two lines of work are in their own right, I couldn’t stop thinking about being out in the wilderness and working on location.”
Tell us about your career path
“Wildlife filmmaking is something I’ve wanted do for as long as I can remember. I decided dive into the field and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. My first stint in this realm of work was a month long wildlife filmmaking course I did in South Africa, straight out of my bachelor’s degree in literature and film studies.
Soon after, I interned under wildlife cameraman Sandesh Kadur, and was his production assistant on a king cobra project for NHNZ, in a rainforest in Southern India.
I really wanted to study the field more, and so I took off to Bristol to do a Masters degree in Wildlife Filmmaking, which led me to spending 5 weeks in the Himalayas producing a short film on a snow leopard expedition, along with the Snow Leopard Conservancy – India Trust. Having recently completed placements at the BBC Natural History Unit and Icon Films in Bristol, I decided to return to India and independently make wildlife documentaries, in the hope to do whatever I can to add to the protection of wildlife in India and internationally.”
What are your biggest challenges?
“The biggest and most recent challenge I’ve faced is trying to not let wildlife tragedies get me so heavy-hearted, to a point where it affects my work. As a wildlife filmmaker who focuses on conservation I’m constantly exposed to atrocities that wildlife around the world faces everyday, and it requires quite a lot of effort to turn that energy around and use it to motivate me to work harder at what I’m doing.”
One line that inspires her
“There’s still a lot left that’s worth fighting for – Jane Goodall”
What are you doing now?
After gaining the experience she has now founded Pangea Films – her own wildlife film production company. She is currently working on her first feature-length documentary on a critically endangered species and has also made a short documentary on an elusive animal – Snow Leopard. All her work is dedicated to conservation.