From an early age we're told not to believe everything we see and hear on television and of course, the Internet, but does this advice still apply when watching nature documentaries like the BBC's highly acclaimed Planet Earth series? Simon Cade seems to think so and explains why you'd be wrong to think otherwise in this video.

"Manipulating" footage is something any skilled editor can do and the amount of "manipulation" varies with each editor. A common example is cutting and rearranging interviews to make a stronger narrative. Below is a video we created for FTSE 100 giant, Legal & General and contains "manipulation" techniques to construct the narrative.

This is common practice for most documentaries, but nature documentaries are meant to be factual representations of the different wildlife and environments they show. Understandably they do have to tell a story, but the question of how far they can push the truth to achieve this is something that is a very present issue. In the top video, Simon explains why controversial techniques such as CGI are used, how they're done and when they cross the line and go too far.

Filming BBC's Planet Earth isn't always glamorous 

Filming BBC's Planet Earth isn't always glamorous 

Cade perfectly summarises his argument by stating that “Storytelling is what engages us, not facts and figures... And so what some people could see as fakery, becomes something we can actually learn from.”. 

Cade then mentions that the only way to show a true representation of nature is to have a live stream that audiences can watch of the natural environments... and what a coincidence that we can do just that! To find out more about LIVE content CLICK HERE and to enquire CLICK HERE