Braving perils of the Antarctic and courting public condemnation
Tale of the vision it took to build the most famous theme park
FEW wildlife documentaries have stirred more controversy than David
Attenborough’s Dynasties, which recorded the lifecycle of emperor penguins over an eight-month winter in the Antarctic.
When the crew intervened to save a group of birds trapped in a ravine, some scientists accused them of interfering with of nature.
Cameraman Lindsay McCrae was 29 when he worked on the remarkable BBC film. Here, he explains not only the emotions that drove the crew’s decision to save the penguins, but the ordeal behind it.
Sixteen thousand kilometres from home and absent for the birth of his first son, McCrae battled sub-zero hurricanes. Part adventure story, part evocation of the last untouched place on Earth, this is mesmerising. |
SCORES of books have been written on Walt Disney, but Richard Snow finds some new running room, delivering an elegantly written chronicle focusing on how Disney created the famed park that bears his name in
Disney knew the importance of characters in storytelling and so does Snow, examining many of the people who helped Disney on his passage from idea to game-changing park.
The book suggests lessons that extend to today: passion for an idea and a plan are important, but so is research.
Disney’s focus and confidence allowed him to push on despite family and friends who told him an amusement park was folly.
He leveraged everything he owned to build an amusement park the likes of which the world had never seen. But he not only had research to bolster his confidence, but also the wisdom to hire people of superior skill who shared his vision. Perhaps most important, he gave his team creative freedom. |