Shooting-in-the-Wild-final-op Films about wildlife are scary. They're exciting. They make you ooh and aah while you cover your eyes so you don't have to watch the really gory parts. But are they honest?
Not according to Chris Palmer, author of the gripping new expose Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom.
The book, based on extensive research as well as Chris's own experience producing wildlife films for IMAX theaters and for conservation groups like the National Wildlife Federation and National Audubon Society, documents film after film that appears to be "natural" but is, in fact, a series of fantastic shots staged by the filmmakers to provoke the animals but entertain the audience.
Why do the filmmakers manipulate what they find in the wild? Because these "money shots," as Chris calls them, are the ones that generate the ratings. And without high ratings, films about wildlife may not make it onto the screen.Read More »from Read This Book Before You Watch Nature Porn or "Fang TV"