Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Saved by the Lioness - Nat Geo Wild (TV)

I’m not one for nature documentaries, they do nothing for me at all. In fact, the natural world holds no interest for me at all either, so, imagine my surprise when I found myself captivated by the story of Survivor. Nat Geo Wild recently premiered Saved by the Lioness a fascinating story of a new born Wildebeest trying to survive in the deadly Serengeti.

We follow Survivor from birth as she faces many threats to her young life, the first coming just hours after birth. A pack of Hyenas see the calf as easy prey and, as her mother flees, Survivor can’t keep up and is left for dead. Now, I don’t consider this to be a spoiler as the title’s already done it for me, a Lioness appears and wards off the other predators. However, rather than mauling the calf for a late lunch she sits quietly with it for eight hours before abandoning it herself.

Survivor’s journey defies incredible odds and is a captivating tale as she attempts the world’s largest mammal migration, an annual 2,000 mile odyssey across the Serengeti in search of the rains. This documentary is what HD was meant for, the cinematography is stunning, some of the shots are breathtaking and left me in awe. It’s repeated on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th of August, don’t miss it.

1 comment:

  1. As Director of Photography of the NATGEO film crew on this particular shoot which we filmed in October 2009, I am saddened to inform you the entire story was made up by me and the 2nd Unit Director in the "Safari Bar" on the 16th floor of the Marriott Hotel in Mombassa. All of the animals involved were animatronic and we embellished the footage with the latest Body Motion CGI techniques. In order to gain most from this technology, we were forced to "greenscreen" a real lioness chasing a real newborn wildebeest at our post production studios in Burbank. Sadly, the baby wildebeest had a rather more gruesome fate than his animatronic cousin.

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