Chimpcam Project: Where Chimpanzees Make Movies

The BBC came up with a great idea when they decided to have 11 chimpanzees at the Edinburgh zoo carry cameras. The chimpanzees carried the specially made cameras for 18 months, and filmed other animals at the zoo. Cameras were put into sturdy boxes and even had monitors for chimps to see what they were filming. A total four hours of footage was collected, and will be displayed at a show titled The Chimpcam Project. The chimpanzees didn’t undergo much of a special training, but producer John Capener says he’s “pretty sure they understood the filming.” Now, he plans to repeat the task with other animals holding the camera.


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