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Jan. 26, 2010

All-Chimp Film Crew For BBC TV Show

by Shelley DuBois

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In retrospect, it seems obvious. If you want to make a movie about apes, let them film it.

That’s the thinking behind Betsy Herrelko’s Chimpcam Project. Herrelko is a candidate for a PhD in primate behavior at the University of Stirling in the UK. As part of her studies, she lent a ruggedized video camera to a group of eleven chimps living in the Edinburgh Zoo.

The result is a kind of higher primate reality show collaborative effort–chimpanzee cinematographers with human editors.

And while chimps have the intellect and the opposable thumbs to use lots of tools, it’s unlikely that they understood that the camera captured images that they could later replay.

Still, if you don’t have high demands for the artistic vision of your film crew, it could be interesting to see the world from the point of view of another hominid.

You can tune in to the show tomorrow, on BBC Two.

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