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Des Bartlett (1927–2009)

Des Bartlett became one of the world's leading wildlife film makers in a career that lasted more than 50 years. He worked with the renowned documentary makers Armand Denis and Michaela Denis before making the Emmy award-winning Survival: Flight of the Snow Geese (1972), one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth. During his career he shot more ... See full bio »

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in Australia

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Known For

Man Before Adam
Man Before Adam Cinematographer
(1960)
Among the Headhunters
Among the Headhunters Cinematographer
(1955)
Survival
Survival Cinematographer
(1967-1990)
National Geographic Specials
(1993)

Filmography

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 1997 Skeleton Coast Safari (TV Series documentary) (5 episodes)
- The Sea of Sand (1997)
 1993 National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1967-1972 Survival (TV Series documentary) (2 episodes)
 1960 Man Before Adam (TV Movie documentary)
 1955 Among the Headhunters (Documentary)
Hide Hide Show Show Director (3 credits)
 1997 Skeleton Coast Safari (TV Series documentary) (5 episodes)
- The Sea of Sand (1997)
 1993 National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1990 Survival (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
Hide Hide Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (5 credits)
  Survival (TV Series documentary) (photography - 1 episode, 1990) (camera operator - 1 episode, 1968)
- The Wonderful Kangaroo (1990) ... (photography)
- How the West Was Lost (1968) ... (camera operator)
 1988 Snakes: Eden's Deadly Charmers (TV Movie documentary) (additional photography)
 1980 Animal Olympians (Documentary) (additional photography)
  On Safari (TV Series documentary) (cameraman - 1 episode, 1962) (photography - 1 episode, 1958)
- The Herons of Nairobi (1962) ... (cameraman)
- Search for Gertie (1958) ... (photography)
 1960 Man Before Adam (TV Movie documentary) (film cameraman - as Desmond Bartlett)
Hide Hide Show Show Sound department (2 credits)
 1997 Skeleton Coast Safari (TV Series documentary) (sound recordist - 3 episodes)
- Dwarfed by the Desert (1997) ... (sound recordist)
- The Sea of Sand (1997) ... (sound recordist)
- Secrets of the Plains (1997) ... (sound recordist)
 1993 National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary) (sound - 1 episode)
- Survivors of the Skeleton Coast (1993) ... (sound)
Hide Hide Show Show Producer (1 credit)
 1997 Skeleton Coast Safari (TV Series documentary) (producer)
Hide Hide Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
 2003 Crittercam (TV Series documentary) (stock footage - 1 episode)
- Lions ... (stock footage)
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Desmond Bartlett
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Trivia:

A large part of Des' success came from his meticulous planning, and he was also very thorough about documenting every piece of film that he shot. In fact, by the year 2000, Des had shot over two million feet of 16 mm Kodak film, with precise records all the way back to when he left Melbourne in May 1952. Des used to expose a vast amount of film from which the Survival library ultimately benefited... See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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