National Geographic has announced the winner of its Blue Planet Heroes initiative. Filmmakers were recently invited to submit short film proposals, twelve of which were then selected for completion. Each of the dozen films had to be under four minutes in length, and be realized for under US$4,000.
The Blue Planet winner is Tom Borden, who along with his partner Paul Aldridge from California’s Wandering Eye Productions, entered a film called Heart of Betumonga. It profiles the work of primatist Lisa Paciulli (dubbed the new Jane Goodall), who works with primates in Indonesia.
Betumonga was filmed on DVCam, and then mastered on to digibeta. The budget was tight, as the filmmakers had to spend $1,800 of their $4,000 to get to Sumatra, where the film was shot.