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Life Cycle of the Monarch

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

Kenneth Middleham


Lily Was a Lady

Date produced: 1950

Filmmaker(s):

Roy C. Wilcox

Description:

"Lily Was A Lady: Roy C. Wilcox failed to state what camera he used in filming this fine study of the habits of Lily, a praying mantis, but both his color photography and his editing skill have netted a highly interesting film about one of nature's queerest insects." American Cinematographer, May. 1951, 192.


Listen

Date produced: 1969

Filmmaker(s):

Richard Carman

Description:

"Listen is an appropriate title for a film that won the MPD Sound Award for Richard Garman of Salt Lake City. In 9 minutes of color you will learn the life story of a cricket. You may have heard the sound of its chirping all your life, but now you will be face to face with it just as you've always heard it - then in slow motion (or speed) and then even in slower motion (or speed). You have got it to hear it to believe it" PSA Journal, Nov. 1969, 57.


Marigorriak [Ladybug]

Date produced: 1988

Filmmaker(s):

Miguel Ángel Quintana


Marshland Mysteries

Date produced: 1938

Filmmaker(s):

Robert H. Unseld

Description:

Marshland Mysteries is a version of Unseld's film Swamp Song.


Monarch Butterfly Story

Date produced: 1950

Filmmaker(s):

William Anderson

Claire Anderson

Description:

"Monarch Butterfly Story: This film, with its carefully written and recorded narration, is equally meticulous in its photography which chronicles the life-cycle of the Monarch butterfly from egg to adult. Major Anderson and his wife Claire Louise have collaborated in producing one of the finest studies of insect life ever produced by a non-professional film maker, and already one large educational film distributor is negotiating for its purchase. Employing two Bolex H-16 cameras, the Andersons have produced several excellent sequences in time-lapse photography aided by equipment home-made for the purpose by Mr. Anderson. The picture opens with scenes showing adult Monarchs in natual habitat. Interesting facts regarding the butterfly are told in the narration. Then the egg-laying period is shown, followed by closeups of the egg, hatching of the pupa, and it ultimate growth to an adult through the various stages of metamorphosis natural to the Monarch. It is the meticulous ultra-closeup photography and the perfectly executed time-lapse camera work that gives this production its class, and easily makes it one of the best 16mm color films of the year." American Cinematographer, May. 1951, 190.


Monarch Butterfly, The

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

Margaret McLeod

Description:

"The Monarch Butterfly, winner of the MPD Nature Film Trophy, depicts the life cycle of this well known butterfly and shows the various stages through which it must pass" PSA Journal, Sept. 1966, 35.


Movie Menagerie

Date produced: 1947

Filmmaker(s):

Francis M. Spoonogle

Description:

"Francis M. Spoonogle apparently keeps a large family of snakes, bats, bugs, slugs and praying mantises in his backyard, to talk to in his idle moments. It is a fascinating collection, though most of us would probably be just as well satisfied with a couple of dogs and cats. At any rate, in Movie Menagerie Mr. Spoonogle exhibits his prizes in some of the finest ultra-closeup studies ever to reach the 8mm. screen. Although playing on a small stage, his creatures seem quite uninhibited during their brief periods of stardom. For instance, the favorite pastime of the female mantis seems to be eating all other types of small life (including her husbands) which might offer interesting digestive experiences. Many of Mr. Spoonogle's other characters are of a sweeter nature, however, and the film does not leave you feeling hopeless about nature by any means." Movie Makers, Dec. 1947, 534.


Mystery of the Monarchs

Date produced: 1960

Filmmaker(s):

Lee Ruffner

Harry Ruffner

Description:

"The monarch butterfly comes home to the butterfly trees at Pacific Grove, California, from Canada and the Pacific Northwest, in the early fall. School children, with the help of the grownups, stage a colorful parade in honor of these monarchs. The habits and complete life cyce unfold before us; the butterfly, eggs, larva or caterpillar, chrysalis, and the emergence of the new butterfly. A fascinating subject presented beautifully" PSA Journal, Nov. 1960, 40.


Narraburra

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

Don Featherstone

Description:

"Narraburra is a slick piece of drama telling of the misfortune encountered by a prospector in the wilds of Australia who is thrown from his horse and breaks his leg. While his friends go for aid, a colony of meat ants find him and he knows that in a short while they will eat his flesh until he dies. How he keeps the ants from achieving their objective provides good cinema fare" PSA Journal, Sept. 1966, 35.


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