Walt Disney's Naturalist-Cinematographers
The cameramen who gather the interesting footage for Walt Disney’s ‘‘True-Life Adventures” are essentially naturalists or scientists who made the motion picture camera a vital tool in their studies.
MAKING POSSIBLE the "True-Life AdM venture" series of films which Walt Disney has been turning out the past few years are a new breed of motion picture cameramen.
All are essentially naturalists, scientists or folk authorities first, and cameramen by accident. That is, it was their zeal for recording as well as observing the facts of life as uncovered in their scientific probings that led most of them to taking up cinematography as the recording medium.
Their ability as cinematographers is attested in the wealth of rare and unusual 16mm color film they have contributed to such Disney subjects as "Seal Island" (1948), "Beaver Valley" (1950), "Natures Half Acre" (1951), "Water Birds" (1952), and to his most recent, "The Living Desert," currently in release.
"The Living Desert" marks the first of the "True Life Adventures" to be presented in the newer 60 to 70 minute format—twice the length of previous releases.
"The ‘True Life Adventures have been logically expanded," says Walt Disney, "because the volume of fine material coming in from our collaborative naturalist-photographers could no longer be cramped into the original format."
PersonsLloyd Beebe (reference)
Jack Couffer (reference)
Robert H. Crandall (reference)
Lois Crisler (reference)
Walt Disney (reference)
Paul Kenworthy (reference)
Tom McHugh (reference)
Alfred Milotte (reference)
Elma Milotte (reference)
Disney's True Life Adventures (TV show)
Seal Island (1984)
Secrets of Life (1956)
The Living Desert (1953)