Red Rock Films specializes in unscripted formats for major broadcasters including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, The Smithsonian Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Nat Geo Wild.
Red Rock Films launched in 2010 with three hours for Nat Geo Wild that documented the life-and-death drama of creatures struggling to survive along the Mississippi River during a major flood. (Read the New York Times review here), and we have since branched out into a range of hosted and unhosted series that cover aviation, history, and engineering, plus multiple specials for Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week extravaganza.
Our main office, located in Silver Spring, Maryland, is convenient to a range of major broadcasters. Network execs often pop in for a chat, a drink, or to join in on one of our regular poker nights.
At Red Rock Films, our number one objective is to create great television. We are known for our collaborative no-fuss attitude and we strive to put every dollar on the screen. We consider each and every one of our shows a calling card – and that’s why our broadcasters call us again and again.
Our 2020 Vision: By 2020 Red Rock Films will be North America’s largest provider of science-and-nature based content – with multiple formats and series across cable, digital and on the big screen.
Red Rock Film Fund
Funding and furthering science and conservation with film
Red Rock Films provides significant funding for expeditions and research projects that may also be suitable for a television audience. We work with scientists and conservationists from across the globe to feature great stories of science and nature.
Financial awards range from several thousand dollars to well over a hundred thousand dollars, which can directly fund research wages, expedition costs and equipment. Usually these grants complement already-existing funding for work that is naturally of interest to a wide general-public audience.
Successful applicants will typically be qualified to speak with authority in scientific fields such as biology, marine biology, engineering, and archaeology. Projects must have legitimate scientific and/or conservation merit and will ideally reveal a new discovery or behavior, or introduce our audiences to new locations and experiences.
Applicants must be willing to sign an appearance release and a confidentiality agreement. They should expect to be on camera, and for the duration of the production period, they should be willing to partner exclusively with Red Rock Films in creating a documentary or series about their work.
Currently funded Red Rock projects are numerous and include a major shark research initiative in Australia and a conservation group working to protect primates in Nigeria. We are currently seeking more projects along these lines.
We aim to make the review process fast and efficient. To apply, applicants must email an unedited video clip of themselves explaining their project. All video applications should be shot on an i-phone or similar and be of a duration between one and four minutes. Clips should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants can expect a response within two weeks of submission.