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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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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