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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...
February 1, 2000

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.

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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