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Hippo King | Making of “Hippo King” | Nature


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– The thought for the movie, the ‘Hippo King’ began when we got here to South Luangwa, and what was it?

In 2011 for the primary time, after we found these unbelievable animals behind us.

– Usually, we see hippos bobbing about within the water perhaps with a pleasant yawn displaying their tusks, however most individuals do not get to see way more about hippos, and subsequently it is onerous to grasp and respect these animals.

Primarily, the story is about an previous hippo bull that is taking us all the way in which again to the second he was born.

And takes us by the completely different life levels that he goes by.

And I believe what we have been hoping to realize with this movie by following one character rising up right here in South Luangwa Zambia, is that we’re hoping to indicate the completely different facet of a hippo, and {that a} viewer truly can join with an animal that we do not normally join with simply.

(crickets chirping) (hippo grunting) – [Man] And it took us about six, seven years of repeatedly documenting completely different conduct of the hippos.

And there is a facet to hippos that we found a delicate facet, an emotional facet even a social facet.

– [Woman] We’re usually used to filming tooth and claws, and this was a primary time that we truly adopted a herbivore for such a very long time.

And it has been an wonderful expertise.

– We used an array of completely different know-how to indicate facet that been hardly seen and that is at nighttime.

We have been lucky to have the opportunity to safe a thermal digicam, which you could movie at night time with out utilizing any lights in any way.

There will probably be zero impression besides our presence.

And that helped us to get us little secret view of what hippos are as much as at night time.

And what we have seen was exceptional.

We have seen issues that you simply by no means hardly think about a hippo do.

And naturally we did one thing with excessive velocity cameras to indicate you the element of hippos you will not see in a traditional velocity digicam.

And we used very, very sturdy lenses to get nearer than earlier than to present you that intimate view of the hippo that you simply hardly will see.

I imply, this can be a harmful animal.

I imply, they thought to be one of the vital harmful land mammals on earth.

However with this know-how and with time and respect we managed to get fairly intimate and shut to those animals in a protected approach.

And to indicate that lifetime of a hippo, like by no means earlier than.

As wildlife filmmakers we make movies like these not only for leisure, and it is for us we see the worth in conservation.

A spot like this, the Luangwa river, we wanna be sure that our future generations can respect this place.

And a river like this would not solely present aesthetical worth or stunning panorama behind us the place we are able to respect nature, (hippo grunting) appropriate.

Sure, it helps communities.

It helps all these animals.

And I believe for future generations it is actually necessary for us to preserve these, these final remaining wildernesses.

So we hope that The Hippo King will contribute to that, and make folks respect these fantastic locations we nonetheless have left on earth.

– And with this character pushed movie we hope that everybody will get to understand, respect and need to preserve these unbelievable animals.

(hippo grunting) (water splashing) (wind swishing)



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