Tuesday, August 3, 2004


Imax documentary

Filming took place over a period of 18 months to encompass the three seasons (rain, heat, wind) of the Kalahari desert.

The thin story line (the “old” lion is challenged by a younger male) is interspersed with the daily life of a small group of lions. Most of the film is devoted to scenes of violence: the stalking and killing of other wild animals, the fight for dominance of the pride.
Cinematography as usual is excellent with mouth dropping sunsets and sunrises. In addition, the close-up shots are something to behold which begs the question: have they developed newer and better lens or are they using some other technique to get these results? In any case, the images are spectacular.

for General Audiences

Taking a close look at the nighttime sky it seems to me that the producers (National Geographic) have capitulated and begun using CGI (computer generated images) which is counter to the magazine’s principal of “no manipulation of any photographic image”. Guess there is an exception to every rule?

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