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Chris Palmer wants you to ask a simple question the next time you watch a wildlife documentary or television show: “How did they get that shot?”
The answer might not always be that simple. Did the filmmakers really
come across a whale in the middle of the big blue ocean, or did they
pump recordings of whale calls into the water to attract whales to them?
Did they sneak up close enough to wild wolves to get footage of them in
their den, or did they use captive wolves on a game farm? Does the shot
of a bear running through a river sound accurate because the camera
crew also captured great audio, or were the splashes dubbed in later in
Palmer knows all of these tricks because he has used them himself. A wildlife filmmaker for 30 years, Palmer has produced dozens of films, TV shows, and TV documentaries. In his new book, Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker, he details how the industry demanded more exciting—and less accurate—shows, all in the name of ratings.
In the process, he said, both viewers and animals suffered. Some
programs presented unclear or untrue information—he’s particularly
critical of Shark Week—or animals were tricked, hounded, or harmed to get “the shot.”
In his book, Palmer says all wildlife shows should fulfill three
criteria: They shouldn’t deceive the audience, they should have a
conservation value, and they should never harm or harass wildlife while
they are being made. He said many of today’s programs fail to live up to
those three standards.
Take the recent Eaten Alive program.
In that Discovery Channel special from last December, host Paul Rosolie
said he would be eaten by an anaconda. The show was widely criticized
and with good reason, according to Palmer.
“There are so many things wrong with this,” he said. “One is the harm
to the animal. The other is that it never happened, so we were lied to.
It also carried the message that anacondas are dangerous and
man-eaters. Of course the animals just want to be left alone.”
Palmer also cited many programs, such as Animal Planet’s River Monsters,
for harassing animals in a sensationalized manner. Research has shown
that hooking large fish with bait and struggling with them until they
are exhausted—as is done on River Monsters and shows such as Monster Fish and Shark Hunters—can
cause great stress for the animals. Many even die after they are
released. Palmer also criticized the programs for calling their subjects
“monsters” and other derogatory terms.
Most other examples aren’t so blatant. Palmer said it often takes a
trained eye to notice that shots were taken under controlled conditions,
or that animals aren’t behaving naturally, or that images have been
enhanced with computer graphics.
“It’s hard for viewers,” Palmer said. “How do they know if an animal
is being harassed? How do they know if it’s come from a game farm? How
do they know if it’s been badly treated? It’s hard to know. That’s why
I’ve written this book. I’m trying to spread more knowledge about this
so people will be skeptical.”
Because the programs themselves typically won’t provide the answers, Palmer encourages viewers to turn to social media.