This article is a very interesting read on nature documentaries.
It seems that yes, generally, a nature documentary does at least some scripting first. For example, on the BBC's documentary series 'The Hunt':
The Hunt took three years to film; the beautiful sequence of a blue whale eating krill took two years. The first year, the water was too murky for ...
2 different terms cover it. Docufiction:
is the cinematographic combination of documentary and fiction, this term often meaning narrative film.
It is a film genre which attempts to capture reality such as it is (as direct cinema or cinéma vérité) and which simultaneously introduces unreal elements or fictional situations in narrative in order to ...
Well there is only so much you can plan ahead.
Just look at David Attenborough's experience with baby gorillas.
There is a youtube video of him and the crew thinking back to that time. I think it more or less speaks for itself:
You can plan to get close, you can plan to be accepted by the gorillas. The rest is up to the ...
Very intriguing question. I haven't seen the film--only discovered its existence a few days ago--so while I won't understand all the context I may be a little more impartial. I have a few comments and have also done a little research.
Firstly, regarding the "C" of young Billy Mitchell's top. It just seems to me that the left half is folded underneath a ...
IMDB has this one, which I have not seen, but sounds very close: Riot On!.
Here's the synopsis straight from IMDB:
Sex, lies and mobile games
The year is 2000 and investors are going crazy about a new mobile phone company called Riot Entertainment. Many high profile companies, like Nokia, invest millions on this unknown firm. Two years later, when ...
Maybe, But Probably Not
This page on the NASA web site tells us a lot. Generally, NASA media is free to use, so they won't be getting any money from it:
NASA content - images, audio, video, and computer files used in the rendition of 3-dimensional models, such as texture maps and polygon data in any format - generally are not copyrighted. You may use ...
More proof that a Florida man named Billy Mitchell was very good at videogames in the early 1980's.
1983 Gainesville (FL) Sun newspaper article scan at Google Newspapers
1986 Guniness Book of World Records scan at Google Books
Faking these seems beyond the ability of a hoaxer.
They were but possibly not anymore
Planet Earth was made in 2006.
Since then there have been 3 major David Attenborough productions that were also shown in the US, along with a 4th that may have been
Life - 2009 Narrated in the US by Oprah Winfrey
Frozen Planet 2011 Narrated in the US by Alec Baldwin
Madagascar 2011 Was produced by BBC Worldwide so may ...
There are a lot of great mockumentary style comedy shows such as The
Office, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, etc. My question is who
invented this style? Who was the first to make a show or a movie that
Early examples of mockumentaries.
The general genre of what you describe is known as a “mockumenary”. An early example of this genre is the ...
There are two possible events they may be referencing in the show. The first is from the show ABC Stage 67 which ran on the ABC network in the United States during the 1966-67 television season. In a documentary episode entitled Sex in the Sixties which aired January 12, 1967 Masters and Johnson did appear to discuss the changing sexual mores and manners ...
Well Planet Earth (IMO the greatest documentary of all time) was narrated by Attenborough and was only in 2006 not 1990. Also David is still involved in some fantastic documentaries. Africa was only released in 2013 and is fantastic. But in answer to your question I don't think there will ever be anyone as good as him. One cannot match his passion.
This must be James May's Man Lab. The mission statement (from the site):
James May sets out to help modern man relearn some of the vital skills that are now in danger of being lost forever
I remember seeing episodes of it, not sure if it was on Discovery, probably the BBC.
I don't know for sure, but I highly suspect those were created in a studio. There are 2 main reasons:
The lighting is consistent. In the real world, the sun moves across the sky and shadows follow it. Clouds make intermittent shadows. The intensity of light changes at different times of day - dawn, noon, sunset, night. (I suppose that the filmmakers ...
You are describing the 2010 movie Koormavatara which was broadcast on DD National at 10pm on October 5th as this TV guide confirms.
The plot, from Wikipedia:
The protagonist [...] is at the edge of retirement from government service, happens to play the role of Mahatma Gandhi in a television serial.
I'm not a lawyer but have looked into the laws regarding photography and video recording in the US. (This is not legal advice, etc. etc.)
In the United States the laws vary by state and possibly even by jurisdictions within a given state. In general, there are places where people have no expectation of privacy (such as while standing on a public street ...
You could write a book about Spinal tap references. I bet there is some academic MA paper about that. But in the meantime
There are nine things there (because the list go to 11)
Real stories that inspired ST
But to not spoil fun and connect things. Spinal Tap album review "Shit Sandwich" is a nod to Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans was just "No". ...
Banksy's movie is not a totally unique snowflake, nor genre.
Other related proposals
Some, or plenty, movies have tried to question what art is, and even to play around the idea that what is presented on screen may or may not be real: what is important is the consequences of the ideas presented. In this sense the documentary is about the ideas ...
When you are an expert like Ben Fogle might be, who likes to travel and has interest in meeting such cut-off tribes, then it is actually not that hard.
Being an isolated tribe does not mean that they have never had outside contact its just that they don't want to be integrated in the society as large.
There might have been travelers explorers who first ...
There was a 30-minute documentary called Lava Lake Acid Lake by volcanologists Maurice and Katia Krafft. The Kraffts were famous for close-up photography of lava flows, and in fact, died in Japan in 1991 (along with 41 other people) when a lava flow suddenly changed direction. Their documentary appears to have been released on disc in 2006 by Learning Media ...
Most David Attenborough documentaries now feature a small 'How it's made' style film at the end of them, intended to address curious minds such as yours and demonstrate the complexity required of the shoots.
Obviously your question of how 'real' the documentaries are can be answered with entirely real.. but for a case-by-case breakdown of the individual ...
This video explains the techniques used to create the time-lapse sequences of the BBC Life (2009) series. I'm not sure if the team was the same for the Planet Earth (2006) series, but imagine that the techniques shown (with refinements and technological updates) would be similar.
The (massively oversimplified) approach appears to be:-
identify a suitable "...
According to the dubious Wikipedia on the History Channel:
It originally broadcast documentary programs and historical fiction series. However, since 2008, it has mostly broadcast a variety of reality television series such as Pawn Stars, Ax Men, and other non-history related content. Additionally, the network is frequently criticized by scientists, ...
Wikipedia calls this film's unique blend of fact and fiction 'docufiction'.
Docufiction (or docu-fiction, often confused with docudrama) is the cinematographic combination of documentary and fiction. It is a film genre which attempts to capture reality such as it is (as direct cinema or cinéma vérité) and which simultaneously introduces unreal elements or ...
Shows are, what I think is called in USA, Broadcasting syndication.
So you, a representative of TV station go to Auction/presentation and you buy some programs (like BBC Blue Planet), formats (like White guy in Africa is amazed by Africa) or opt for chipping in costs of production of documents to be made.
There can be many deals:
Producer create some ...