Television

'Homo Sapiens' as real a swing back in time as it can get

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/03/26/Untitled-2.jpg?itok=ZSAwBnbK

CANNES: Day Two of REED Midem's documentary market Mipdoc opened to chill winds and a continuous drizzle, but that couldn't dampen the high that one felt after watching The Making Of, an astounding documentary effort Homo Sapiens last evening.

Cold stats do not quite give a feel of the sheer scale and audacity that this truly multinational cinematic effort entailed. Homo Sapiens has been co-produced by France 3, Bor?ales Productions (Barth?l?my Fougea) and Pixcom, with support from RTBF (Belgium), TSR (French Switzerland), T?l?- Qu?bec, the Discovery Channel, Tang Media (China) and Melchior Studio (Russia).

Homo Sapiens is the sequel to A Species Odyssey, a global success that attracted an audience of nearly nine million people in France and 30 million throughout the world.

After their astounding success with the documentary A Species Odyssey, Homo Sapiens continues director Jacques Malaterre and director of photography Martial Barrault's quest for the origins of humankind. They aren't quite done yet; next on the drawing block is a third edition - The Future of Mankind.

"Each film is an approach to a reality, with no historical record of any line emerging from the encounter between Neanderthal man and Homo Sapiens; we know only that they cohabited for a time," explains Barrault.

According to him, "When A Species Odyssey ends, we see the beginnings of Neanderthal man's religious rituals, art and writing, which I was tempted to extend. But the problem is that Homo Sapiens is a human being like us and we weren't trying to create a scripted film like Quest for Fire.

" We had to find a formula that would be capable of making the film credible; if there were too many anecdotes, it could turn into a cartoon. But, on the other hand, with too little information, people would have no idea of the story we were trying to tell and that's where Jacques and my shared experience of documentaries proved so valuable."

What is most remarkable, however, is that the final product was delivered within budget at $ 4.8 million (Euro 4 million). A six-minute sequence in the film that involved a charging herd of mammoths shot using CGI alone cost Euro 350,000.

After more than 37,000 miles scouting for locations for the four month shoot, Malaterre and Barrault settled on South Africa for the bulk of the sequences. "We knew we were going to have to adjust to a lot of footage with a portable camera, so we decided to concentrate most of the shooting there, although we also used locations in the Swiss Alps, China, Canada and France," says Barrault.

In all, the film was two years in the making with a huge amount of planning and logistics to be managed.

Preparing the acting cast was a process in itself, much of which was done in South Africa. Make-up involved having to get up at 3 am since the process of converting each actor into an authentic looking pre-historic human involved four hours of work every day. (Removing all the face gob took another hour after pack-up.)

Putting the whole thing in perspective, producer Barthelemy Fougea told indiantelevision.com that without Malaterre, the project would just not have been possible to manage since actual shooting on location involved extremes of both climate, as well as physical exertion.

Although Malaterre and Barrault have always shot their documentaries on film, the production team decided to make a budget comparison between silver film and HD through to the end of the post-production process.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/12/news.jpg?itok=U8axkKyv
Times Network sets India’s $5 Trillion growth agenda through the 5thedition of ‘India Economic Conclave 2018’: Day 1

Times Network, a part of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group, commenced its signature event, India Economic Conclave 2018 in its 5th edition in Mumbai today.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/12/zmat.jpg?itok=1WsUWFIY
Zee TV VP marketing Azmat Jagmag quits

Zee TV’s VP for marketing, Azmat Jagmag, who was responsible for brand building, team growth, sales strategy and revenue facilitation, has quit the organisation last month.

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/12/GEC_most.jpg?itok=UF4nHin8
Hindi GEC most benefited genre in Chrome DM week 49

With a growth of 2.16 per cent as compared to last week (48), the Hindi GEC genre marked the highest opportunity to see (OTS) among all categories in week 49 of Chrome Data Analytics & Media. In the Hindi GEC genre, Star Utsav gained the highest OTS with 99.5 per cent in HSM excluding the less...

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/12/ottv_1.jpg?itok=8U2Bt7rB
Challenge of crafting characters in Indian animation

For most animation producers and distributors, the art of creating content strategy and research is what’s keeping them up at night. But a few of them say that a formulaic approach should be rejected in this category.

Television TV Channels Kids
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/11/ranjana.jpg?itok=gQ7qNPBm
Ranjana Mangla joins Star Sports as VP - emerging sports

Ranjana Mangla has joined Star Sports as vice president - emerging sports, Indiantelevision.com has learnt. Ranjana, who took charge of her new role on Monday, was the national revenue head of India Today TV in her last gig.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/11/satymev.jpg?itok=MBG_4h--
Watch the World Television Premiere of Satyameva Jayate on 15th December only on Zee Cinema

We all have seen corruption and apathy in the government and police force etc.

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/11/zee.jpg?itok=UKtrNPBG
Zeel channels most watched Hindi channels across genres

Two Hindi GECs from the Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (Zeel) stable – free-to-air or FTA Zee Anmol and flagship pay TV channel Zee TV were once again the second and third most watched channels across genres in 2018 in week 48 (Saturday, 24 November 2018 to Friday, 30 November 2018).

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/11/priyanka_0.jpg?itok=XRpmy4tA
Our shows will empower people to drive electoral discourse: Network18's Priyanka Kaul

The news genre has entered its peak time – election season. All news channels including Hindi, English and regional have started their election-based programming from the exit polls that took place on 7 December 2018. Election coverage is like the bread and butter for news channels since this is...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/10/kanada.jpg?itok=n7Tw9omO
Zee Kannada to launch a first-of-its-kind horror thriller fiction show – Aatmabandhana

Zee Kannada, every Kannadiga household’s hub of entertainment, further strengthens its fiction band with innovative content post the successful launch of Paaru.

Television TV Channels Regional

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories