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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Making of Spirit Bear #1: Neighbours

Well, if blockbuster Hollywood movies can have them, then why can't I?

Thought it might be fun to show you some of the behind-the-scenes goings-on of "Season of the Spirit Bear", as a lead up to its premiere on Animal Planet in a couple of weeks.

And just to make sure that I give absolutely nothing away - none of this stuff actually appears in the documentary... so you'll still have to tune in anyway to understand what's going on...

But in order to go behind-the-scenes, I first have to introduce the show's most important character; the man who takes the pictures - Simon Nicholls. Now being modest, humble and an all-round good guy, Simon doesn't talk about himself, so I will have to.

One of the pre-requisites of a wildlife cameraman is to be able to sit very still for hours on end until you lose all feeling in your limbs and the constant hum of mosquitoes becomes music to your ears, and the urge to use the loo is but a distant memory. Simon can do this. Simon can switch into 'statue-mode' whenever the need arises. And yet, remain alert to the slightest movement in the bush...

Erm, Simon, the bear is in front of you...

Simon's stony concentration is what gets him his classic wildlife portraits. His unwavering patience and attention to detail are legendary, even to the point of getting himself into "situations".

Case in point:

Simon is interested in filming a tree...


He is
very interested in this tree...

But he's not the only one...

So is the next door neighbour...

Perhaps you should move Simon... quickly


To be continued...

1 comment:

kuba said...

Awesome! You know I love it when you post behind the scenes stuff like this!