Shooting in the Wild
An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom
Paperback, 272 pages
Includes two 8-page inserts of full-color photographs
Wildlife and nature films are a hugely
popular entertainment genre: networks such as Animal Planet and
Discovery are stars in the cable television universe, viewers flock to
IMAX theaters to see jaw-dropping footage from the wild, and the
venerable BBC still scores triumphs with series such as Planet Earth.
As cinematic technology brings ever-more-breathtaking images to the
screen, and as our direct contact with nature diminishes, an
ever-expanding audience craves the indirect experience of wild nature
that these films provide.
But this success has a dark side, as Chris Palmer reveals in his authoritative and engrossing report on the wildlife film business. A veteran producer and film educator, Palmer looks past the headlines about TV host Steve Irwin’s death by stingray and filmmaker Timothy Treadwell falling prey to his beloved grizzlies, to uncover a more pervasive and troubling trend toward sensationalism, extreme risk-taking, and even abuse in wildlife films. He tracks the roots of this trend to the early days of the genre, and he profiles a new breed of skilled, ethical filmmakers whose work enlightens as well as entertains, and who represent the future that Palmer envisions for the industry he loves.
Shooting in the Wild is now a film! A documentary inspired by the book was released in 2013. Click here to watch the trailer.
Chris Palmer has produced more than 300 hours of original programming for prime-time television and theatrical release over the past 25 years. His films have been broadcast on the Disney Channel, TBS Superstation, Animal Planet, and PBS, as well as in IMAX theaters, and they have won many awards, including two Emmys and an Oscar nomination. Palmer lives in Bethesda, Maryland.