Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Chimpanzees Make Their Own Video

Bananavision! Chimps given special video camera to make their own film

The usual saying is that if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

But these chimpanzees are clearly set for a more lucrative career after becoming the first of their species to make their own film using a special video camera.

The 11 chimps at Edinburgh Zoo were given the camera in a box to record just how they view the world and were taught how to use video touch screens to help them finish the films.

The innovative project saw the hairy directors go through several trials as they made experienced power struggles, bites and fights during the filming.

Some of the footage taken was impressive according to researchers at the zoo's Budongo trail, a state-of-the-art chimpanzee facility that links the excitement of seeing the animals close-up with wildlife conservation, science, education and research.

But the budding filmmakers also suffered similar problems as their human counterparts by recording

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