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MIPCOM Picks 2009 – Extreme Ice

World renowned nature photographer James Balog was something of a skeptic when it came to the concept of global warming. But when he had the opportunity to accompany a team of scientists and shoot in some of the world's most dangerous polar regions, his tune decidedly changed.
September 30, 2009


World renowned nature photographer James Balog was something of a skeptic when it came to the concept of global warming. But when he had the opportunity to accompany a team of scientists and shoot in some of the world’s most dangerous polar regions, his tune decidedly changed. Extreme Ice follows Balog and team as they utilize timelapse photography – cameras shooting at one frame per daylight hour over the course of three years – as part of a comprehensive study of the cryosphere. The images revealed are beautiful yet undeniably troubling, as collapsing glaciers and shattering ice sheets signal the impending arrival of a most unwelcome future.

Partners: National Geographic Television for Nova (PBS) & National Geographic Channels International, distributed by NGTI

Length: 1 x 52 minutes
Aired: Late March, 2009 (Nova)
Rights available: All worldwide excluding U.S.

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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