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Video: Staying in touch with nature by sharing.

Posted 31 Mar 2010 by 

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I posted an article not too long ago about some folks we met at the Open Video Conference last year and Brian Palmer is another great speaker that we got to witness.

Brian is the Digital Channel Manager for Earth-Touch, a wildlife documentary company based out of London and South Africa. There's something different about Earth-Touch, though. They only document the wildlife. This sounds like a no-brainer and expected until you hear some of the practices that other companies employ in capturing some of the dramatic scenes on film. Earth-Touch's focus is on simply showing what happens in the wild, naturally, and interfering as little as possible.

This is important in our world of highimpactsharksbearslionsattackingeverythingalwaysomg! type shows that rely on showing you one shocking clip after another. That's inauthentic and nature just isn't like that. Did you ever stop to wonder how they get so much of that footage? Or how they do it so quickly and reliably? Earth-Touch is the antithesis of all of that and they want to show the world what they see.

Authenticity and sharing is what it's all about to Brian - showing the truth to as many people as possible. Sometimes, "nothing" happens in the wild. And that's okay.

That's why Brian is so excited about things like open source, open standards, and open video. It's cost of entry, exposure, sustainability, and a passion for doing what's right - all rolled into one concept. 

That's something I can get behind.

Watch the video to hear from Brian.

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*Some footage used courtesy of Earth-Touch.com

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ielsedoudi
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With some of the high production shows out there (Planet Earth, Life etc.) they are certainly entertaining, but just as much as a movie is entertaining. It's a step back from reality for me and I feel like I'm far removed from what I am watching. The work that Earth-Touch creates makes me actually wish I was there. It's so real that you can almost touch it, and the experience you get from watching their videos is very soothing and you get to step into the shoes (or paws, fins, etc. :P ) of some of the animals and really feel like you're part of nature.

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Thanks for sharing this interview... I discovered Earth-Touch late last year, and fell in love with the gentle approach and format the programming takes. My partner and I have been inspired to add a video channel to our NatureScope Photography website which focusses on sharing comparable Australian wildlife experiences. Our first episode will be online next week. :)

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