Films presented by Will

A Song for Maria (2022)

Will Pearce is a musician and amateur entomologist who loves beetles. Will has spent the last 6 months creating short educational songs about beetles, and now he is working on a song about an all-too-often forgotten entomologist and scientific illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian. We follow Will as he visits the Oxford University Museum of Natural History's Library and looks at one of Maria Sibylla Merian's books, before working to compose and record his song, ready for his first solo-performance of his beetle songs in a couple of days' time.

This short film was created as part of my Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking at the University of the West of England.

Thank you so much to Will, for letting me create this film about your work, and for the Oxford University Museum of Natural History Library for letting us film in your beautiful building, as well as Lady Margaret Hall, for letting us film Will's performance in the gorgeous Talbot Hall.

Producer, Camera Operator, & Editor - Alicia Hayden; Starring - Will Pearce (as himself); Additional Camera Operator, Sound & Lighting assistant - Abi Sheppard; Sound Assistant - Jess Chalkley; Sound Assistant - Imogen Hayden; Musician - Will Pearce; Archive Footage - Alison Hudson; OUMNH Location Staff - Danielle Czerkaszyn; LMH Location Staff - Bart Ashton, Ali Pearson, and the LMH Porters.


Looking for Lapwings (2020)

William Pearce, a student from Exeter, visits Yorkshire, determined to see a Lapwing chick for the first time. Over three days, we follow him on visits to the wild Yorkshire moors in search of these bundles of fluff, and watch as he encounters many more new wild animals, including Black Grouse, Oystercatchers, and Brown Hares.

"Second place" in Hen Harrier Day 2021's Young Filmmaker Challenge.

"Honourable Mention" in Adventure Uncovered's Film Festival 2021, super short category.

Produced, Directed, Filmed, and Edited by Alicia Hayden; Presented by Will Pearce; Music composed and performed by Will Pearce


Nature Adventures with Will ~ River Dipping (2020)

The second in the Nature Adventures with Will series, where Will and I explore how you can find a surprising diversity of river-life in an urban area, using just a beach net and bucket.

Presented by Will Pearce; Filmed and Edited by Alicia Hayden; Music composed and performed by Will Pearce


Nature Adventures with Will ~ Pootering (2020)

This short film was produced as part of the British Ecological Society undergraduate summer school 2020. Will and I explore a couple of the invertebrates in the garden with a pooter and a hand-lens.

Presented by Will Pearce; Filmed and Edited by Alicia Hayden; Equipment provided by the BES Undergraduate Summer School 2020