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Cameras into the Wild: A History of Early Wildlife and Expedition Filmmaking, 1895-1928

By: Palle Bogelund Petterson

228 pages, 85 b/w photos


Paperback | Jul 2011 | #194273 | ISBN-13: 9780786461660
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The men and women cinematographers and directors who shot film in wilderness areas at the turn of the 19th century are some of the unsung heroes of documentary film-making. Apart from severe weather conditions, these artists struggled with heavy and cumbersome equipment in some of the most unforgiving locales on the planet. This exhaustive book examines wilderness filming from all angles. Topics covered include the beginnings of film itself, the first attempts at nature and expedition filming, technical developments of the period involving cameras and lenses, and the role film has played in wilderness preservation. The individual contributions of major figures are discussed throughout, and a registry includes detailed information about hundreds of nature films from the period.


Preface 1
Introduction 3
Getting around the subject 7

1895-1902: First attempts to make nature films 29
1903-1906: Nature and wildlife films take--and make use of--form 48
1907-1910: Exploring borderlines 63
1911-1921: Concern for nature preservation 97
1922-1928: Higher quality and different conventions 138

Conclusion 180
Filmography, 1895-1928: Non-fiction films with nature, animals, wildlife or wilderness 187
Chapter notes 211
Bibliography 217
Index 223

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