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article imagePreview: Chile documentary shows the wildlife of a long country

By Igor I. Solar     Oct 20, 2013 in Environment
A team of adventurous filmmakers has made a documentary that shows the opportunities to see wildlife along Chile, from the arid regions of the Atacama Desert to the Patagonia and Antarctica, and from the high Andes to the Pacific Ocean.
Chile, a narrow strip of land between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, stretches north to south along 4,300 kilometres with an average width of only 177 km. This unusual geography accounts for a remarkable variety of landscapes, habitats and biodiversity. From the extremely arid Atacama desert, through the rainforests of the southern regions, to the rivers and fjords of Patagonia, the desolate plains of Tierra del Fuego Island and the Antarctic peninsula, as well as from the snowed peaks of the high Andes to the coastal areas bathed by the cold waters of the Humboldt current, this is relatively small country with a great range of environments that favour a variety of wildlife often found in much larger geographical areas.
Darwin s frog (R. darwinii) in its most frequent colors: bright green on top; black ventral area.
Darwin's frog (R. darwinii) in its most frequent colors: bright green on top; black ventral area.
Jaime Bosch
Visitors travelling beyond the major urban locations in Chile can take advantage of many opportunities to see a wide range of wildlife which, depending on locations may include whales, dolphins, sea-lions, South American cougars, llamas, condors, flamingos, penguins, or rare miniature frogs, among many other interesting and beautiful creatures.
After almost a year of field work and several months of filming in various locations from north to south, the team composed by Chileans Christian Munoz-Donoso and René Araneda and South African Wayne Te Brake, have released a preview of their documentary film titled "Wild Expectations", reports La Tercera (in Spanish).
Munoz-Donoso, is a Chilean filmmaker living in the United States. His film “Wild View: A Journey to a Wondrous World” (2010), a high-definition documentary showing wildlife of New England, USA, received seven nominations and won four Emmy Awards at the 34th National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - New England Chapter.
"Wild Expectations" aims to get more national and international visitors to change the traditional family vacation destinations, beaches and cities, travelling instead to adventure-oriented pursuits, discovering the interesting flora and fauna of a country full of natural wonders that is sure to be up to anyone’s wildest expectations.
Movie details: Wild Expectations – 2014. With Wayne Te Brake and René Araneda. Cinematography: Christian Muñoz Donoso & Christiaan Muñoz Salas; Post production: Moris Muñoz Salas; Audio post production: Rodrigo Martinez; Cameras: Rodrigo Quezada - Natalia Brunet - Rodrigo Herrera; Music Production: Eduardo Lira - Cristián Schmidt - René Araneda - Jose Ignacio Jaras; Motion graphics: Mamuth / Explora - Antarctica XXI - Patagonia Sur - Natphoto - Columbia – Sony. Directed and Produced by René Araneda Contreras.
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