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Old March 5th, 2006, 10:29 PM   #1
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Congratulations to Luc Jacquet and Yves Darondeau. It's been over 40 years since the Oscars have been given to a wildlife documentary. The last few years, the nature and wildlife networks have been leaning towards the "Anatomy of a Shark Bite" or "Tatoos" or "Megastructures" or building motorcycles instead of natural history films. Hopefully this award will slow this reality trend and maybe we'll see more commission work towards nature and wildlife once again.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 12:44 AM   #2
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Thanks Bill

Looking forward to seeing it.

The writing is well and truly on the wall; wholeheartedly agree about the shark bite, alligator man stuff.

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Old March 6th, 2006, 02:23 AM   #3
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Funny you should talk about the best documentaries because there is a new series on every sunday evening on BBC1 called "Planet Earth" with voice over from sir David Attenborough. It has some of the best footage I have ever seen, they use a new HD camera mount on a gimbol attached to a hellicopter that can take rock solid images even when they are zoomed in over a kilomieter away. It beats me how they get some of this stuff.......I guess its just patience.

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Old March 6th, 2006, 03:54 AM   #4
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You would be surprised just how long some of the few seconds of clips shown in the BBC films actually take to shoot...sometimes over a period of 10 or 15 years. Also, when you know how many camera crews, audio crews and editing teams that work to fit the whole jigsaw together, it doesn't take a wizard to realise that it takes an extreme amount of effort and work to bring a short 30-minute or 1-hour slot (cut shorter by 15-minutes of adverts) to the BBC viewers.
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