Tuesday, December 07, 2004


I showed the kids Winged Migration today. I thought I would just show part of it and then allow the students who wanted to see more to come watch at lunchtime, but then Ms. Pascal - who also really likes the movie - offered to allow the entire eighth grade to watch the movie together, during the periods when one class has math and the other has science. At the end of the first hour, the kids were really excited about the film, and they definitely liked it overall, but I think two hours was too much. They were very restless during the second hour.

Winged Migration is one of my all-time favorite movies. The filming of the birds in flight is spectacular; the landscapes and music are gorgeous. So, in anticipation of showing the film year-after-year to my classes - and because I've already seen it three times myself - I went out and bought the DVD yesterday. I only own a handful of movies, so it's a big deal when I buy one.

Last night, I watched the "Making of..." special feature. Although I still love Winged Migration, I am slightly disillusioned now that I know exactly how they got all that amazing footage. They actually raised the birds from chicks and allowed them to imprint on the people who would be involved in flying the special ultralight vehicles and shooting the film. Then, when migration season came, they packed up the birds into crates and flew them to the far corners of the Earth, where they released them at very particular times and in very particular ways and then filmed them against lush landscapes.

I had always had the impression that the filmmakers "followed" wild birds on their migration. The back of the DVD even uses that word, but in truth, the birds followed the filmmakers, not the other way around!

Does it matter?

I believe that the filmmakers did their research and that the scenes they created were realistic, if not exactly real. They picked locations where each species of bird really does migrate. The birds were not entirely predictable in their behavior, so spontaneous moments did occur during filming. And they would not have been able to film the birds' behavior from so close if the birds had not first become comfortable around their human "mothers" and "fathers." So perhaps the elements that make the film less real make it, at the same time, more realistic: the birds are behaving more naturally than they would if humans in strange, threatening vehicles buzzed across their flight paths and into their roosting grounds.

One of the books my students' used for their research on mammals was about the "batman" whose research on and outreach about bats led to greater understanding and less fear of these animals among the public. After he began studying bats, he learned enough photography to be able to take his own pictures of bats for publication. It turns out that many of his photos are of bats that he raised in captivity, in his laboratory, and photographed in settings he created to look like nature. Other photographers - who took pictures of bats in the wild - would just grab the nearest bat and snap a photograph, then let the bat go. This led to dozens of pictures of scared - and scary-looking - bats, snarling at the camera. Since the batman's bats were relaxed and accustomed to his presence, his photographs, while not taken in the wild, present a more realistic view of the everyday existence and habits of bats.

This real/realistic split is interesting. More on it later. Now I have to prepare for my students' owl pellet dissection.


Blogger jon said...

We are trying to find good family guy movie to take the kids this weekend. Good family guy movie reviews are hard to find

I just stumbled onto your blog while looking. Seems to happen to me a lot since I am a knowledge mooch LOL


6:46 PM  
Blogger Livenwealthy said...

I was searching for digital camera and your blog was listed but I didn't finddigital camera on your site, so I added my own link. Nice blog though.

9:04 AM  
Blogger 121774 said...

Nice blog you have here! If you get a chance you may want to visit this penis enlargement reviews site, it's a very nice site.

5:10 AM  
Blogger Enlargement said...

Not what I was searching for, but none the less and interesting blog here. Thanks for putting it up. I've enjoyed reading alot of the text here. I got you bookmarked for the future, I'll be back.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Nice blog you have here.

9:17 PM  
Blogger musica said...

YOUR BLOG IS GOOD, IT IS REALLY NICE. HERE YOU CAN LEARM MORE ABOUT penis enlargement pill TO FIND penis enlargement pill

8:36 AM  
Blogger musica said...

YOUR BLOG IS GOOD, IT IS REALLY NICE. HERE YOU CAN LEARM MORE ABOUT penis enlargement pill TO FIND penis enlargement pill

5:21 PM  
Blogger musica said...

YOUR BLOG IS GOOD, IT IS REALLY NICE. HERE YOU CAN LEARM MORE ABOUT penis enlargement product TO FIND penis enlargement product

7:56 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Hello and thanks for the information about buy cd dvd. I have a similar interest in buy cd dvd and thought you might like to take a look sometime. Thanks again for the buy cd dvd information.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Den said...

Wow, I was just messing around and found your page!
Very nice.
If you are interested, go see my discount digital camera related site.
It isnt anything fancy but you might still find something of interest.

11:56 PM  
Blogger musica said...


9:15 AM  
Blogger musica said...

YOUR BLOG IS GOOD, IT IS REALLY NICE. HERE YOU CAN LEARM MORE ABOUT natural penis enlargement TO FIND natural penis enlargement

9:29 AM  
Blogger doer said...

Hello, just visited your blog, it's informative. I also have a better sex life related website, hope that it is useful to you

3:25 AM  
Blogger usersanonimos said...


6:54 PM  
Blogger Bud Wiser said...

Great page! Glad I found you. Digital is the way to go!
digital cameras

2:56 AM  
Blogger Bud Wiser said...

I really enjoyed your blog, very well done. digital camera news

7:23 PM  
Blogger Cash Advance Man said...

This site is great, nice job!!

I have a cheap enlargement penis pill info site. It is about cheap enlargement penis pill articles and stuff.

Drop by when you can, nice site here!

6:14 AM  
Blogger Alkalurops said...

What a great site!

penis exercises

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Sizepro said...

Bloggs are such a wonderful way to plublish ones thoughts. Thanks for letting me visit and leave a comment. Love your theme. Gonna have to find me a cool one like this. Come by my site some time. It's got penis enlargement it related stuff.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Jelqing said...

It's hard to find information on penis enlargement copy-cats on the internet that is as accurate as yours. I had came across penis enlargement copy-cats that actually explains penis enlargement copy-cats in more depth. Cheers.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Jelqing said...

Some of the most useful information I came across today. When searching for penis enlargement spam , I had come across your site. Always a pleasure to see other blogs related to my site penis enlargement spam Keep up the great work.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous penis enlargement pill said...

Hey, you sure got a super blog here. Very interesting stuff. I've already put a book mark on it.

Pity I spend so much time blog-surfing that I often neglect my own. Silly me. :) But its so adictive.

Anyway, a lot of people are trying to make cash online nowadays, so I thought I'd help you out with a site that has some great tools.

about penis enlargement
Not bad to sit around doing nothing while your bank balance keeps growing. :)

6:44 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home