Disneynature Penguins is in theaters now. I had the opportunity to attend a filmmaker roundtable with the directors, producer and a member of the Global Penguin Society to learn more about the behind-the-scenes with this film.
In attendance were:
- Alastair Fothergill (Director)
- Jeff Wilson (Director)
- Roy Conli (Producer)
- Popi Borboroglu (Global Penguin Society)
While at the Filmmakers Roundtable, there was a sense of Disney magic in the air. You can tell that the directors, producers and conservationists are all passionate about Disneynature and this new film about the Adélie penguins. Producer Roy Conli shared that Disneynature exemplifies true life adventures in spirit of Walt Disney’s vision.
My question to the roundtable was – Why Steve?
What were the weather conditions really like while filming Penguins?
At the end of the movie, we are given a glimpse of behind the scenes filming. I asked what the weather conditions were really like and they all had a lot to say. During the storms, winds were around 150 miles an hour. They had to try and get the best footage while not being in danger. While the humans deperately struggled, all the penguins had to do was lay down. Fothergill shared that with nature, “As a human being, you feel very small” in these extreme conditions.
Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature’s “Penguins” opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.
Disneynature’s PENGUINS is now in theaters.
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