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Old March 5th, 2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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A cool birthday treat huh :-) !!??

Its my birthday on Friday and I thought I'd let everyone know and gloat a bit in the process :-) that I'm now doing something pretty cool for it !!

Meeting SIR DAVID !!!! ...well a 1 hour talk about his career and Life in cold blood, then some Q&A's, then a book signing and hand shake (I hope) anyway!


Anyone got any cool questions they'd like me to ask :-) ?
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Old March 5th, 2008, 03:53 PM   #2
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What did he think of "The Fisher King" ;-)

Man, that's a cool thing indeed.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 04:29 PM   #3
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Hi Mat, I'm just finished job and it's midnight over here.

I wish you all the best on your forth coming birthday :)

Ask him about:

1) How is the prosess of writing a manuscript?
2) When do they write the script?
3) How do they plan the scenes - tell a bit from the prosess?
4) What camera and lenses do they use?
5) If he should pick one memory from his career/profession, what would it be?

What a birthday present it would be to meet him - I'm jealous :)

All the best

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Old March 5th, 2008, 04:35 PM   #4
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"Who is sir david "
might be a great question too
google helped me, and I learned something! seems like an intresting person to meet
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Old March 5th, 2008, 05:20 PM   #5
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Sorry Jurgen, thought everyone would know who I meant.....just in case follow the link below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Attenborough

Rob.....now thats a good question ;-) !
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Old March 5th, 2008, 09:33 PM   #6
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRIEND!

Friday, March 7..... Hmmmm I can tell it's going to be a wonderful day. I think I just might kick something your way for that.....

Visit with Sir David? I don't think you can top that for a birthday treat... except perhaps to visit with both he and his brother Richard at the same time....

Personally, I think you should hand him a DVD of your material as a little gift. I think he would enjoy it immensely don't you? You have such talent, Mat. I think he would be over joyed. Just Do IT!

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Old March 5th, 2008, 11:16 PM   #7
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Hi Mat,

Happy Birthday! What a great way to celebrate :)

I'm not sure if you're serious about a question, but I've had one for a long time. Quite a while ago I did my thesis research on primates in Sierra Leone, West Africa. That is where he got an early start on his career- Zoo Quest, with the rockfowl. I saw the rockfowls there, which gave me the name of my website, since they are such neat birds. I would love to know more about his experiences with the rockfowl. I have read a few things by him over the years about his experiences in Sierra Leone, but there's nothing like hearing it straight from him. So if you do get a chance to chat with him, ask more about his experiences in Sierra Leone with the rockfowl.

And Cat is right, give him a DVD as your birthday gift to him ;)

Have a great time!

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Old March 6th, 2008, 12:31 AM   #8
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WAAAAAAAA! I HATE YOU MAT!!! no I don't, I'm just so jealous of you. Meeting Sir Davidů WOW!

My question would be; How do you se/think the near future in Wildlife film will look like? Will they become more telling about conservation or still show the beauty without a pointing finger?
I just viewed the last disk in Planet Earth and the talk a lot about what this type of program have done and Sir David meting Cousteau as ne of the most important person for telling people about conservation and partially about the whales (just for the record, I thing that Sir David is the main person for telling about wildlife conservation al over the globe).

I think your hour will last for a lifetime and be gone after a second.

Cheers
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Old March 6th, 2008, 04:37 PM   #9
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Ruth. Yeah I read about the rock fowl and Zoo quest in his biography a few years back. There was a lot about those early days that was very interesting. so much was unseen and un-discovered. - I'm not sure about a 'chat' but apparently there is a Q&A session at the end, so maybe I'll try and ask something about Zoo quest :-)

"I think your hour will last for a lifetime and be gone after a second" - I think you are so right fella. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas.

Whatever happens I'll be trying for a photo for the website!

Cheers guys
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Old March 7th, 2008, 03:20 AM   #10
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David Attenborough has got to be the No 1 person any wildlife filmmaker, pro or amateur, would want to meet.

He was inspirational in my interest in wildlife as a young teenager, I read the early books of his travels avidly and with great imaginings that I would be the next Attenborough...it hasn't happened but I've seen some wonderful things and I'm trying to ensure my kids see some of this planets animals and habitats before they disappear... and a great number will.

His recent BBC series on reptiles was just absolutely fantastic, the photography was topnotch and his authority and presentation on the subject unbeatable..if you haven't seen it yet prepared to be awed

For a number of reasons he has become probably the pre-eminent non-political voice for the natural wonders of this planet, I dont see any individual who could take his place at the moment, and maybe that's the way it should be, but it falls to us all with the knowledge of the wildlife, and abilities to film and present those images to the world to do so, pro or amateur.

If I could ask him a question I'd ask him if he could spare a couple of hours one Sunday and I'd buy him lunch.

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Old March 7th, 2008, 02:14 PM   #11
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happy birthday Mat!!!




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Old March 7th, 2008, 05:02 PM   #12
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yes, happy birthday my friend, and i'm very happy that you are having this opportunity to meet your hero. a very excellent gift indeed!

i agree that you should give him a copy of The Fisher King and thank him for inspiring your work...
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Old March 10th, 2008, 10:34 PM   #13
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Seems like I'm late on a lot of things. (Just now viewing a lot of the UWOL7 films!)

I won't ask you the number...And since I'm late on the well wishes I just want to say I know the day you had planned has to be a very memorable one for you. I wish you the best only in the years to come.

I enjoy your films very much.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 03:45 AM   #14
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Happy late birthday, Mat.

Hope you had a great experience meeting Sir David.
You are a lucky fellow!!
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Old March 13th, 2008, 01:13 PM   #15
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Its my birthday on Friday and I thought I'd let everyone know and gloat a bit in the process :-) that I'm now doing something pretty cool for it !!

Meeting SIR DAVID !!!! ...well a 1 hour talk about his career and Life in cold blood, then some Q&A's, then a book signing and hand shake (I hope) anyway!
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Okay Mat, you're not giving .. so I'll pop the question .. how did it go?!!!
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