What’s the Buzz? More Hot Trends / 13 Clips from Science & Factual Producers’ Congress, 2/3

We continue our highlights from the ‘What’s the Buzz?‘ at the World Congress of Science & Factual Producers.

The big themes covered in this post:

  • Weird Sects
  • Blending Genres
  • Toys
  • Monsters
  • Plus bonus picks from the moderator, NHNZ‘s Phil Fairclough.
Coming soon:
  • DocumentaryTelevision.com‘s Big Takeaways for 2012

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5. WEIRD SECTS

  • Nat Geo captures the vibe with its call for pitches that update its traditional ‘Yellow Border’ ethnographic mission by covering weird American communities ‘in a Reality TV style’.

Duck Dynasty

Moonshiners

Amish: Out of Order

American Colony: Meet the Hutterites

Call of the Wildman

 

BLENDING GENRES

  • ‘Weird and wonderful’ hybrids is a trend.
  • The examples were terrific. A favorite for which I don’t have a clip: A Japanese game show built around medical diagnosis.
  • And Dumb, Drunk & Racist was a smash hit for ABC Australia. Check out the engaging clip!  

Dumb, Drunk & Racist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jk3GuS-eFk

Dr. CAC

 

TOYS

  • Advances in kit give us new access and new ways of seeing.
  • Super slo-mo, miniaturized kit, CGI that’s better-than-ever.

Guts: The Strange and Mysterious World of the Human Stomach

Strip The City

 

MONSTERS

  • Bigger is better.
  • That means bigger creatures…
  • …and huge, multi-million dollar programming events like Plane Crash.

War of the Whales — Orcas Attack

James Cameron: Voyage to the Bottom of the Earth

The Plane Crash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbCE6iORGCc

Titanoboa: Monster Snake

 

MODERATOR PHIL FAIRCLOUGH’s PICKS

  • Two amazing shows. Wanted the clips to go on and on!
  • How about a Natural History special on butterflies that was shot on an iPhone and that looks like Planet Earth?  That was a game-changer!

Miracle Body (Usain Bolt)

Butterflies

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Coming Soon

  • DocumentaryTelevision.com‘s Big Takeaways for 2012.