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Author Larison, Jim, 1948- author.

Title On assignment : memoir of a National Geographic filmmaker / James R. Larison.

Publication Info. Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2022]


Location Call No. Status
 Canton Public Library - Adult Department  BIO LARISON    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  B LARISON, J.    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Biographies  B LARISON JIM L    Check Shelf
Description xiii, 255 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes filmography (pages 253-254).
Contents Part I: Coming into the wild. Lake Timagami -- Breaking trail -- Egegik, Alaska -- The flying coffin -- Rescue and recovery -- The conversation -- Part II: On assignment. That big break -- Our first assignment -- The Cayman Trench -- Hart Mountain -- A living ocean -- Tiger shark! -- Part III: Love of wilderness. The unforgiving world of ice -- Robson Glacier -- Part IV: Advocacy. The living Earth -- Old growth -- Ancient forests -- Diversity of life -- Palau -- Egegik revisited -- Part V: Wounds that will not heal. A world of wounds -- Epilogue: How films were made.
Summary Jim and Elaine Larison spent years studying, exploring, and living in wild places, making more than thirty environmental films, most for the National Geographic Society. These films won more than forty international awards from leading environmental and broadcast organizations. This memoir tells the story behind the adventure and describes the rather substantial personal costs of this career. While shooting film in Alaska, Jim Larison narrowly survived a devastating airplane crash in the Bering Sea. Later, while filming on the Great Barrier Reef, the Larisons fought off an aggressive twelve-foot tiger shark. Midway through their careers, the Larisons were nearly swept to their deaths by an icefall while filming on Mount Robson. A thrilling adventure story, full of risk and personal conflict, On Assignment is also a touching look at the tender bonds that held the married couple together while they struggled to complete their many film assignments. The Larisons were changed by what they saw and what they captured on film: the destruction of forests, the death of coral reefs, and global warming.
Subject Larison, Jim, 1948-
Larison, Elaine.
Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- Biography.
Screenwriters -- United States -- Biography.
Cinematographers -- United States -- Biography.
Wildlife films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Documentary films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Screenwriters. (OCoLC)fst01109351
Motion picture producers and directors. (OCoLC)fst01027225
Documentary films. (OCoLC)fst00896079
Cinematographers. (OCoLC)fst00861478
Wildlife films. (OCoLC)fst01175309
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Autobiographies. (OCoLC)fst01919894
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
ISBN 1641605200
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