A collaborative documentary by BBC Nature and the Discovery Channel will be recognized at the 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York City this October. Winged Planet has been nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Emmys in two different categories, Outstanding Nature Programming and Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form.
Our very own Bonnie Cutler led the post-production team as they cut, clipped, and recorded their way to a finished documentary that made its debut domestically last year on the Discovery Channel. With Aaron Keane doing the music editing, Michel Marrano the sound editing, and Willie Elias the narration and the final sound mix, it is no wonder this post dream team delivered such an incredible finished product. Trailblazer was charged with editing the film for its release in the United States, distilling the original six-hour UK version of the documentary to an eighty-seven minute film. Cutler said the most daunting part of the task from an editor’s perspective was selecting which footage to use in the final cut, “It was difficult to chose which footage to keep; the cinematography in every shot was stunning.”
Directed by natural history filmmaker John Downer and produced by Robert Zakin, Winged Planet was a highly collaborative project that took over four years to make. It uses spy cameras and other advanced production techniques to see the world from a birds-eye view. “Editors work years for an opportunity like this,” Cutler said. “I’m just thrilled.” This is Cutler’s fourth Emmy-nominated project.
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