Friday, October 05, 2012

Born to Be Wild with Director David Lickley! (CONTEST ~OVER~)

Talking With Down-to-Earth Born to Be Wild
Director David Lickley
If you are looking for a movie that is sure to please the whole family, do yourself a favour and see IMAX "Born to Be Wild", narrated by world class actor Morgan Freeman!  I had the privilege of watching the film at the Ontario Science Centre IMAX Theatre, followed by a personal interview with Canadian biologist-turned-filmmaker Director David Lickley.

Born to Be Wild focuses on two extraordinary women who save orphaned baby animals: Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas in central Borneo (orangutans) and Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick in Kenya (elephants).  Both women have devoted their lives to rescue and protect these wild animals--and then return them to the wild when they are ready.  This was no boring nature film or documentary!  I found it both fascinating and entertaining,  filled throughout with humour, tender hearted emotion and served with a strong shot of humanity.

The scenes with the orangutans and elephants were up close and personal, making me ponder I had never been closer to these animals even at the zoo.  And throughout the movie I remarked how relatable the movie was to audiences of all ages.  Although many cannot relate to the lifelong sacrifices made by Biruté or Daphne, we all can relate to the tenderness shown by both women to the animals in the same way we demonstrate love and compassion to our children or family members.

I found the cinematography in David Lickley's movie breathtaking, and the IMAX 3D film experience made the movie pop like you could reach out and touch the animals.  It really did make me feel like I was right in the film and I was quickly engrossed with Biruté's orangutans and Daphne's elephants.
It was a rare treat to meet Director David Lickley after the movie and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation.  Although I thought that the biologist side of him showed through during the film, more than anything his humanity shined through.  The message that I took away from him was how we can work in harmony with the animal kingdom and nurture it, instead of doing it harm.

I enjoyed an anecdote that David shared during our meeting.  It was along the lines of "elephants never forget".  He mentioned that an elephant that had been raised by Daphne 25 years earlier, returned with a sick calf--remembering to go to is former human caregivers in a time of need.  The calf was dehydrated, so it was nurtured back to health by Daphne's staff and given antibiotics.  Once well, the elephant and calf returned back into the wilderness.

He also discussed how Born to Be Wild had been shot by airplane, helicopter, boat and crane.  Yes, to achieve some of his amazing orangutan scenes in the treetops, he hoisted a 30-pound IMAX camera up on a crane!  As a result, the film really feels like you are climbing in the trees and swinging through the air with the magnificent species.

CONTEST ~OVER~ :

Winner: Annie Brown

WIN FAMILY PASSES (ADMIT 5) TO THE ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE!

Get entries by doing ANY of the following 7 tasks below (please do a separate post per entry).  You can do one or all, your choice.  Be sure to leave a way to contact you if you are a winner!  Most times we redraw winner as there is no contact information.
  1. Leave a comment saying WHY you would like to WIN the Ontario Science Centre family passes OR what exhibits you would like to see if you won!  Here's the OSC website for inspiration: http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/  Leave a way to contact you if you win. 
  2. Follow the SnyMed blog ("Join this Site" button on right).  Leave comment saying how you follow.
  3. Follow @SnyMed on Twitter (www.twitter.com/snymed).  Leave a comment with your @name.
  4. Tweet the following on Facebook for an entry (you can tweet once daily for an entry).

    WIN @OntScienceCtr Family Passes via the @SnyMed blog CONTEST! Enter: http://snymed.blogspot.ca/2012/10/born-to-be-wild-with-director-david.html #Canada #Ontario #Toronto
  5. Follow SnyMed (Jenna Em) on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/jenna.em1).  Leave a comment with your FB name
  6. Post the following status on Facebook with a link back to the contest page and post it in the comments below:

    WIN Ontario Science Centre Family Passes via the SnyMed Living High on the Hog, Without Paying Through the Nose blog!  Enter here: http://snymed.blogspot.ca/2012/10/born-to-be-wild-with-director-david.html
  7. Follow SnyMed on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/snymed).  Leave comment with your Pinterest name.
This contest is open to all of Canada, but the prize must be redeemed in Toronto, Ontario.  Pass expires February 28th, 2012.  Does NOT include admittance to the IMAX theatre.  Contest ends Friday October 19th at 8:00pm EST.

120 comments:

  1. we would love to see the "beyond planet earth". Future of space ...

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  2. The kids would love it! melissa@aveyphoto.com :D

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  3. I'd love to take my daughter and some of her classmates to the Ontario Science Centre for the first time. She's 5 and at an age where everything is still so magical to her. I'd like her to explore and learn and have fun all at the same time, and this would be the perfect place to do it.
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  5. I would adore to win the passes as Im a single mom of 4 and this would enable me to take all my kids as well to see the science center together some have with their school but I would love to have this experience with my children and it gets expensive with a large family !!!

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  11. I have 3 kids and have always wanted to take them to the ontario science center, i remember going as a kid and its a fun way to learn throifj interaction

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  14. Would love to take my boys to the science centre, I think they would be amazed like I was at their age!

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  15. I want to win these passes because my kids are old enough now that I know they would LOVE it! As would I!!! :-)

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  18. We would like to visit

    Beyond Planet Earth:
    The Future of Space Exploration

    We were no on the people that sat up to watch then MARS landing

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  19. We saw this in 3D a while ago at out Imax theatre. It was a great show!

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  20. sounds like a good IMAX movie to watch lovely post

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  21. I would love to see the future of space exhibit.

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  22. Love the OSC and its engaging and thought provoking experiences. I want to win those passes ! henrycalibre8 at gmail dot com

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  23. I saw a documentary on Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick last weekend with my kids. She is amazing. Those 'elephant' whisperers were admirable & those baby elephants were sooooo cute!

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  24. I would love to win as it is a great place to take kids to learn more about science and how things work

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  26. My son and I have never been to the Ontario Science Centre so I'm sure he would love to see everything it had to offer. My son is three so I think he would love "KidSpark"!

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  32. I love the Science Centre. Haven't been there in years.

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  36. I would love to win tickets to the OSC because I haven't gone since I was a child! It's been over 15 years, and I'm sure a lot has changed since then!

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  42. I would like to win so I could bring my kids. Money was toght all summer and we didn't get to go and do anything exciting... This could be great
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  47. I work in the science field and would love to get my young daughter exposed to all thing science at an early age. My 2 older step kids also have had a great time when we have been there before.


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  52. I would love to win so I can take my kids! I think they would have lots of fun over there!

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  53. I'd love to win tickets as I hear they have a great area for toddlers - I'd love to check it out
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  59. We would love to win passes because we are a homeschooling family and the science centre offers so many amazing opportunities for extended and creative learning! I, personally, would love to check out the space exploration exhibit!
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  63. I would love to win because it is a great day trip for our family!
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  64. tweeted 10/09 https://twitter.com/zoojourneys/status/255705322180706304

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  65. 1) love to go to Science Centre because of the rainforest section (feels very real) and the interactive sports!! (cheung.maggie39@yahoo.ca)

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  69. We have been really wanting to take the kids to OSC. But with a family of 6 it's a wee bit out of budget ( I know you can relate ;))

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

    Tammy @inRdream
    http://inRdream.com

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  70. #114 I am following you now!

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  72. Following you on pinterst thought I was already! Glad to be there now...


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  76. We love the Science Centre! My husband and I have since we were kids and we love sharing it with our kids now. There's something there for each of us to enjoy. A Family Passs would e great for our family of 5. As I'm a SAHM we live on a tight budget and this would be a big help and allow us some extra family fun time.

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  77. I have a little boy who just turned 4 yesterday and a daughter who will be 5 October 18th (twins the hard way lol) I'd love to take them to the Science Center. They love science and already are into looking at things under a microscope I bought them. Going to the science center was a favorite pastime of mine as a child. It's where I bought my first sea monkeys ;)

    I'd love to have my kids experience the fun and learning of the Science Center!

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  78. My nieces and nephew would love going to the Science Center. It's a great oportunity to see all the cool exhibits.

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  79. very educational place to take my child for a day of learning and exploring

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  82. I'd love to send my nieces and nephew to the Science Center, it's a fun learning experience.

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  83. Would love to win these passes. I started out in science in my former life. Though I didn't end up in the sciences, I still have a passion for it, and would like to foster this same passion in my child. As such, winning these passes would be ideal!

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  84. i never been there heard great things.
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  85. 1) love the Science centre! it would be a great experience for my kids
    3) follow on twitter, @cvegnad
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  87. I'd love to win because my 6 year old daughter LOVES science and we have been here a couple of times before and would love to go again!

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  95. WIN Ontario Science Centre Family Passes via the SnyMed Living High on the Hog, Without Paying Through the Nose blog! Enter here: http://snymed.blogspot.ca/2012/10/born-to-be-wild-with-director-david.html Posted, tweeted, etc. @sweetkeet

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  103. with a family of six we can't always afford to do these types of things. my two boys would love to visit the centre, they are into science very much.

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