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"Nature" A Murder of Crows (2010)

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Ted Remerowski (writer)
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24 October 2010 (Season 29, Episode 3)
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Cast

 (Episode Cast)
Anna Braun ... Herself
John Marzluff ... Himself
Ulrich Watermann ... Himself
Nora Young ... Herself / Narrator

Episode Crew
Directed by
Susan Fleming 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Daniel Bernstein  writer
Ted Remerowski  writer

Produced by
Michael Allder .... executive producer
Susan Fleming .... producer
Fred Kaufman .... executive producer
Laura Metzger .... senior producer
Bill Murphy .... series producer
Bijan Rezvani .... producer
Caroline Underwood .... senior producer
Chie Witt .... associate producer
Janice Young .... supervising producer
 
Original Music by
Geoff Bennett 
Andre Hirtz 
Ben Johannesen 
 
Cinematography by
Nick de Pencier 
 
Film Editing by
David New 
 
Art Direction by
Susan Fleming 
 
Production Management
Andrea Minty .... production manager
Joseph Murnaghan .... post-production supervisor
Julie Schapiro Thorman .... production manager
 
Art Department
Brian Santalone .... pagebuilder
Joy Weeng .... designer
 
Sound Department
Jean Bot .... dialogue editor
Ed Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer
Scot Charles .... sound recordist
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Nick de Pencier .... sound recordist
David Rose .... supervising sound editor
Peter Sawade .... sound recordist
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer
Don White .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Driver .... visual effects
David Hedley .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Brust .... camera operator
Russell Gienapp .... camera operator
Onno Weeda .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
David Hedley .... colorist
David Hedley .... on-line editor
Patrick Krass .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
George Meanwell .... musician: cello
 
Other crew
James Cowan .... animal wrangler
Sarah Darro .... production assistance
Sam Egendorf .... production assistance
Eileen Fraher .... manager
William Grant .... executive in charge
Daniel B. Greenberg .... senior director
Janet Hess .... series editor
David Hirmes .... strategy director
Jayne Jun .... production assistant
Anna Klich .... animal wrangler
Georgia Kovalik .... production coordinator
Peter Kovalik .... title designer
Brian Lee .... technical director
Sylvia Magrys .... researcher
Nick Miller .... creative director
Anne Pick .... fixer
Anne Pick .... story editor
Jill Spitz .... publicist
Ulrich Watermann .... animal wrangler
 
Thanks
Heather Cornell .... special thanks
Hiroyoshi Higuchi .... special thanks: University of Tokyo
John Marzluff .... special thanks
Michio Matsuda .... special thanks: The Wild Bird Society of Japan
 

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Directed by
Nigel Cole (episode "Wild Horses of Mongolia")
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Hobson  (episode "Gooney Birds of Midway") (episode "Mountains in the Mist") (episode "Resurrection at Truk Lagoon") (episode "Saguaro - Sentinel of the Desert") (episode "Yellowstone In Winter")

Produced by
Suzanne Weinert .... producer (episode "Wild Horses of Mongolia")
 
Production Management
John F. Schwally .... senior production manager (1993-1998)
 
Sound Department
Rob Whitehurst .... sound recordist (1995-)
 
Music Department
Rob Cairns .... composer: main title (1999-)
 
Other crew
Billy Pittard .... creative director
Juan Rosenfeldt .... title designer
Ed Sullivan .... creative director
 
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Amateurish and inaccurate., 10 November 2014
Author: Michael_Erlyn from Earth

Murder of Crows starts out with various experimenters donning a crudely made rubber mask as they catch crows. They then release the crows, who afterwards naturally recognize the mask as a sign of danger no matter who wears it. The "scientists" then proudly announce that they've shown that "crows recognize individual faces".

Which they haven't. And it's pathetic that they can't even correctly formulate what they've done here. What they've shown - technically, factually, very simply - is that crows recognize a particular MASK.

If these people can't be precise, to a minimal level, about it is that they're doing in an experiment - they aren't scientists. Surely enough, crows CAN recognize faces. But you weren't doing a test as to that effect! You were testing out a mask, not a face.

I assure you that if you run a test as to whether crows can fundamentally distinguish between a human face and a piece of rubber - the crows will pass with flying colors. These are the same creatures that can distinguish between a real gun and a replica of that very gun.

My point is twofold. Firstly, crows have excellent and far-reaching recognition abilities. They'll recognize various trivial things as a part of their struggle for survival. This has been known for a long time, and demonstrated many times. Secondly, the test described above simply confirms a facet of that phenomenon - but not at all the one that the experimenters claim. Don't say that you've proved that crows can recognize faces when you were actually busy confirming that they will recognize a specific piece of rubber. Run a test with actual faces - it's not that difficult.

There are other inaccuracies and rather ignorant comments throughout this Nature episode. Moreover, the creators don't give you one bit of info on things that would have made the documentary properly interesting, such as the crows' anatomy, physiology, and evolutionary history.

I'm giving the film 3 points for the inherent coolness of the crows, but this inept documentary doesn't even remotely do justice to these elegant, clever birds. 3/10.

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