November 25th, 2009, 05:30 PM
Bird Mistakes in Movies
Greetings. I understand people have been posting on Bird Chat about Hollywood's bad habit of making mistakes when it comes to casting birds (and their voices) in movies. Audubon Magazine would like to hear about those examples. Please post them as comments here: bit.ly/birdblooper
Look forward to hearing from you.
November 25th, 2009, 06:38 PM
I remember watching I Am Legend a year or 2 ago, in which Will Smith is alone in some American city after everyone else dies of some plague (apart fron some zombie types) and I was surprised to hear European Nightjar regularly calling, even during the day!
November 25th, 2009, 07:09 PM
If I remember correctly, there is something that sounds suspiciously like a Chiffchaff that sings every morning in Groundhog Day. There is the bit in Charlies Angels with the bird ID too.
November 25th, 2009, 07:25 PM
November 25th, 2009, 09:51 PM
November 25th, 2009, 10:40 PM
I remember Chiffchaffs being quite a common bird in the 80's series Miami Vice!!
November 26th, 2009, 05:51 PM
In my job, I work a lot with Hollywood sound designers. I am surprised how often they go to great lengths to be accurate with bird and animal vocals but, at the end of the day, it's what fits the mood or tone that makes it in to the final mix. So many liberties are taken with movies that accuracy of bird vocals is the least of the problems.
One exception, however, is director Terence Malick. An avid birder, he often tries to work shots in to his movies of native birds (various cut aways in Thin Red Line as an example). In New World, he spent his entire special effects budget not on exploding battle scenes or crowds of Native Americans but on digitally recreating extinct Carolina Parakeets and Passenger Pigeons. You can see footage of the parakeets here:
And he was committed to making sure the audio was accurate including the double rap of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the end credits:
November 26th, 2009, 07:13 PM
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November 27th, 2009, 08:53 AM
best mistake i ever saw was in the tv series Columbo. He had to go up in a cherry picker and was given a hard hat to stop a flock of crows ....ing on his head, they then showed a clip of a flock of fruit bats!!