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5 February 2007 (USA) See more »
A profile of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. | Add synopsis »
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Elizabeth Cheng Krist ... Herself
Dennis Dimick ... Himself
Michael Forsberg ... Himself
Katie Harr ... Herself
Kathy Moran ... Herself
Joel Sartore ... Himself
Kathy Sartore ... Herself

Directed by
Olive Bucklin 
Produced by
Olive Bucklin .... producer
Scott Leigh .... producer
Cinematography by
Patrick Aylward 
John Beck 
Ralph Hammack Jr. 
Brian Seifferlein 
Jim Underwood 
Film Editing by
Ralph Hammack Jr. 
Art Department
Scott Beachler .... graphic artist
Rachel Carlson .... graphic artist
Lalitra Lisa Chavanothai Craig .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Werner Althaus .... sound
Dan Burger .... sound mixer
Steve Gottlieb .... sound
James M. Lenertz .... sound (as Jim Lenertz)
Camera and Electrical Department
Foster Collins .... gaffer
Joel Sartore .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Doug Carlson .... post-production editor
Ray Meints .... editor: video
Other crew
Michelle DeRusha .... promotion
Terry Dugas .... video encoding
Stephen Exon Jr. .... web production
Rebecca Jacobson .... intern
Larry Kubert .... promotion
Patricia Richmond .... production office manager
Kelly Rush .... promotion
Bill Allgeier .... special thanks
Stephen Spomer .... special thanks

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USA:60 min
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I think the guy is kind of crazy, but it's a very compelling film..., 2 October 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Joel Sartore is a professional photographer for National Geographic. In this capacity, he's traveled the world and spent much of his life trying to get 'the perfect shot'. He described himself as being a bit obsessive-compulsive, and I would agree--as he goes to amazing lengths to get these pictures. Freezing cold, illness, hanging around vicious predators and the like--all for the assignment.

There were two aspects of the film I found very interesting. First, I never realized so many rolls of film were shot for an article. 300-500 rolls--thousands and thousands of pictures were taken--all for, perhaps, 6-20 total used in the magazine! Second, while Joel seems like a really nice and down to earth guy, it's hard to imagine that he has a wife and three kids--considering that he's gone for such extended periods. At the end of the film, he's off to Alaska for a 10-week assignment! I just don't know how they can live like that and it's emotionally compelling seeing this.

Overall, a nice behind the scenes look at the tough life of a magazine photographer. So, when you're looking at a magazine article and you glance at the photos, stop and think about the effort it took to bring this to you. Quite compelling and interesting...and a bit sad as well.

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