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Not So Natural
Your favorite nature documentary may not be as "real" as you think. According to a report by MovieWeb, documentary footage, although authentic, often requires extensive manipulation and enhancement to maintain viewer engagement. Notable shows, including Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and BBC's Planet Earth, have been accused of employing techniques such as staging scenes, adding artificial sounds, and even incorporating CGI.
Simon Cade, a filmmaker, defends these practices as necessary storytelling elements that captivate and educate audiences. Despite some ethical questions, these documentaries offer a curated window into the natural world.
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