Just how hard WAS it to make Disneynature’s newest film Chimpanzee? I was honored to be able to meet the directors and ask a few questions. Going in I knew that it must have been hard in the jungle – but there were so many other aspects that I never thought about. Here are a few responses from the Chimpanzee directors, Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill :
When asked about their time and conditions in the jungle, I learned that it was a VERY remote part of the jungle that they were in. The capital city, Abidjan, is on the coast. A ten-hour drive on a pretty hairy metal road, and then a four-hour drive on a road that, in the rainy season, was a mud road, which was really quite challenging. Then, another two hours walking in the forest. One of the members in their team actually built a hut!
When asked about the dangers they faced, they let us know about all of the diseases found in the jungle. They had to take a lot of precautions. Ebola is very prevalent in that area of the world. Of course snakes were a huge danger as well. The guys let us know that oddly enough, their biggest danger was the roads! African roads can be quite treacherous.
To keep the animals safe, they had to keep a distance. They also had to wear masks because chimps are very susceptible to what humans can carry. Also, the crew was not allowed to look the chimps straight in the eyes. There was no eating around the animals as well. Very interesting!
When watching the movie, take a look around the forest and you can see just how hard it must have been to work there everyday!
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