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Re: The best dinosaur documentary possible
Anybody interested in setting up our own motion picture industry ..
palaeo docs ?? You know you waaaaannt it !!
It is now perfectly possible for list members to make TV documentaries - all
the technology is in place and cheap. I've done it myself (this one:
- and it has sold to about 5-6 TV companies around the world. I think
you'd need to dispose of the idea of big fees for anybody - companies will
buy a pre-made documentary to fill their schedules, but they pay a few
hundred dollars - so you'll be struggling to make back the cost of hiring
the cameras (let alone your time). However, if you want to do it, the
oportunity is definitely there.
An alternative idea might be for the community to create a database of
downloadable (public domain) TV quality interviews (shot with a greenscreen
background). Most institutions would have the facility to record such
interviews, and by having comonly asked questions answered in a concise and
accurate way (as well as links to footage from digs, etc.) you'll provide
programme makers with access to good quality (and free) source material.
The point here is that you can't stop bad documentaries being made, but you
can make it cheaper and easier to make good ones.
This would take a bit of setting up, but if it took off, it could be a very
useful tool for connecting programme makers and audiences with scientists.
NASA has a similar attitude - providing interviews and video clips for free
for any use on their site, and the result is that companies can produce
cheap (and often absorbing and accurate) space documentaries using just this
footage. And the result of that is that the public is better informed about
space science than it is about paleo science.
Just a thought.