Book: Through the Lens of My Eye; Adventures of a Documentary Cameraman by Michael Bolandcategories: Book, Memoir, Travel, Photography, Filming Tribal, Going Remote, Wild & Crazy, The Tent Experience, Rarely Seen, Adventure Documentary
Michael Bolandabout this book: This is a non-fiction collection of stories from some of the wildest & most remote documentary film shoots that I have had the pleasure to be part of. Primary readers: If you like National Geographic likely you'll like this book except my chapters have story arcs with odd & interesting characters and wild settings. One prominent hard-cover, traditional publisher said, "Michael, you're book's a one-off, never seen anything like it before, love to publish it but can't afford the budget required for a full-colour edition for your 163 pictures & 10 maps...but I'll buy it when it comes out!" From Greenland to heart of Africa, from Sumba, Indonesia to the remote regions of South America, come with me on the journeys. My filming will become your filming. I've filmed for the BBC, Nat Geo, Discovery & many more for over 35 years & have won many awards - nominated for an Emmy. What was the inspiration for the book? After ever crazy film shoot I'd phone my mother, my concerned mother to tell her I was safe & give her a thumbnail sketch of the events & discoveries. At the end of each phone call she'd say, "Michael, you've got to write a book!" So I did. Unfortunately she passed away at age 86 & never saw the finished product. She knew all the stories anyways...
The cover was done by one of Toronto's finest artists, Misha Masek. It's 'eye-catching', I can say. I hired an editor, a layout artist & a graphic artist for maps. I wanted a smart product. Did I learn anything from writing? Yes, it's all-consuming. It's like downloading your memory. The advantage I had was that on each shoot I wrote comprehensive journals complete with dialogue so nothing is erroneous. It's the truth as I know it to be. So, I say to the reader, think of this as an outing to a pub, order a beer then sit back & allow me to regale you, to entertain you, to captivate you. It may the best afternoon at the 'local' you've had in a while! Michael
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