Seasons is Mother Nature’s best friend– a cinematic masterpiece and third in the powerhouse, environmental film series from Academy Award Nominee Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud. Following the success of Winged Migration and Oceans, Seasons uses the complex beauty of nature itself to combat man’s deforestation through empathy for every creature’s plight to survive.
Opening in theaters across the country on Friday, November 25, 2016, Music Box Films begins this epic photographic exploration following bison battling a raging blizzard on the frozen tundras of ancient Europe. Leading audiences through the earth’s subtle axis shift (which warmed the earth and ended an 80,000 year Ice Age) the natural rhythm of seasons are established, and thus the rise and reign of the “golden age of the forest” becomes the main thrust of the film– that is until man’s damaging presence threatens its’ demise.
An endless variety of animals, birds, insects and even man are captured in their natural habitats through four hundred hours of footage collected over three years and condensed through spectacular, collaborative editing into ninety-five minutes. Utilizing a combination of drones, inventive camera placement and massive patience (waiting for the animals to relax and behave naturally), never-before seen footage such as an upright beetle flying like a toy transformer are ours for the eye to feast upon. Rumor has it that the featured lynx even had a bit of fun vamping for the camera by the end!
Composer Bruno Coulais seamlessly blended his beautiful score with the natural sounds of nature, never imposing upon the subtleties of the senses. Minimal dialogue in French (with English subtitles) allowed the poetry of the film to capture the loss of the forests through the animal’s eye.
Although showing babies being born, brutal infighting between the species and heart-pounding hunting pursuits, no animals were harmed during the filming. An empathic and many times humorous viewpoint was presented from the bugs and snakes, land animals and finally from the birds trying to continue on their natural migration through war-raged fields. Their reactions shine a light on the overwhelming damage of man raping the forests for his own gluttonous purposes.
However Season’s main message is one of hope- that man has not gone too far… yet. The good news is that forests still exist and are starting to come back, however they would need to be left alone for 100 years to regenerate properly.
The answer? To require less from nature. To love all creatures and respect their habitats. To become more efficient with our agriculture while still producing high yields. To help the precious ecosystem battling to exist on Earth. To heal man’s relationship with the forests, and finally to protect the seasons.
Please enjoy the “Making Of” video on Apple Trailers- you won’t be disappointed.