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Like all its documentaries, the BBC's Frozen Planet is fascinating and exquisitely filmed. Their crew has captured amazing things, including the creeping ice tornado. Unfortunately, they cheated on their viewers when they faked a crucial polar bear scene in a zoo.
The fourth episode of Frozen Planet—which took four years to film—follows the life of a polar bear in the Arctic. At one point, the camera follows a polar bear mother into the cave she just excavated deep into the ice. Then the camera moves into the cave, where viewers enjoyed the tender scenes of the mom and her cubs. Needless to say, everyone melted because of the cuteness overload.
The only problem is that the cave was fake. It wasn't in the Arctic. It was built with plywood and cement in a zoo in Germany. Nowhere during the scene the BBC warned the viewers of this fact. It was presented as is, misleading everyone into believing the crew actually filmed that scene in the Arctic, like every other scene.
As executive producer of wildlife documentaries that include the titles "Wolves," "Dolphins," "Bears," and two films on tigers, Chris Palmer has spent more than 25 years helping to guide armchair adventurers through the wonders of nature. Palmer, who describes himself as an adventurer who has swam with whales and sharks, gotten up close and personal with Kodiak bears, camped among the wolves, and trudged through an Everglades swamp. But in his new book, Palmer, whose work has appeared on IMAX screens and on primetime television, points a finger at himself and other nature documentary filmmakers, shedding light on what he sees as a pervasive practice of faking nature. "Wildlife films, too many of them, involve deceptions, manipulations, misrepresentations, fraudulence, and the audience doesn't know,'' said Palmer, 63, in an interview with "Nightline's" John Donvan.
Originally posted by PhoenixOD
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The fourth episode of Frozen Planet—which took four years to film