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THE END OF THE BIG CATS
A new ORBITA MAX series project in coproduction with UTOPIC
 
ORBITA MAX has created 4 x 60 min Documentary films based on denouncing the dramatic decline of the Big Cats in Africa, and showing the conservancy initiatives for keeping these fabulous spices alive in wildlife for the next generations.

This Century, African wildlife, and, with it the big cats, is at risk of disappearing forever. Large carnivore populations in Africa have decreased dramatically in the past fifty years because of the increasing conflict with human’s development everywhere in the whole continent. For many years, legal and illegal hunting but, mainly, the wildlife habitat destruction have pushed most of the big mammals to survive confined for the rest of their lives in National Parks and Nature Reserves.

The Big Cats -lions, leopards and cheetah-, are the worst affected, because fear effect and many misunderstanding about their dangerous behavior. As wild animals, even as predators, the big cats need to live in freedom, in a very wide territory, with their own social rules, hunting their natural preys, but this is turning so much difficult over the years, and the big cats sometimes are forced to cross the fences, come into a farm, and kill the livestock or domesticated animals, signing their death’s sentence.

Prosecuted for many decades, lions male population, that fifty years ago was of half million in Africa, has declined severely to only twenty thousand, and many biologists and conservationists are launching a big International campaign for saving these extraordinary animals, that can live with us if we provide them enough space and better understand their behavior.

Leopards are more resistant to the extinction because of their elusive behavior. Leopards are solitary creatures, the quintessential ambush and stalking predator, able to find the most remotes places on earth to avoid human contact. This gives it best chance to survive than lions and cheetah. On the contrary, cheetahs are very prosecuted and killed by farmers in the last fifty years, and have been very close to its second extinction, its first was –according to biologists- around 10.000 years ago.

THE END OF THE BIG CATS film is focused on one of the most beautiful African countries, Namibia, where lions, leopards and cheetahs are submitted to very hard conditions to survive, not only because of the human’s conflict, also because of the desert and savannah environment, and shows what African society should do in order to keep these spices alive, being part of the eco-tourism development.

The passionate filmmaker Jordi Llompart (Producer and Director of the IMAX blockbuster “Mystery of the Nile”, the 3D movie “Magic Journey to Africa” and many acclaimed TV documentaries), takes to the screen a new vision of African wildlife, based on the conservancy problems suffered by the big cats in a new changing era in Africa, experiencing lion’s rescue scenes, interviewing biologists, and capturing stunning images of lions, leopards and cheetahs. Jordi Llompart produces, directs and writes THE END OF THE BIG CATS, photographed by the Spanish cinematographer Oriol Bramona.

THE END OF THE BIG CATS it’s a very dynamic documentary mini-series, shot in real native High Definition 1920 x 1080, using a FS100 SONY CAM with interchangeable lens for also extreme close up shots. The film includes some brilliant Super 8 African archive of hunting scenes from the 60s and the 70s, and also includes wonderful aerial shots from South Africa and Namibia.

The fourth mini-series episodes are generically titled as THE END OF THE BIG CATS. The episode 1 is subtitled “Lion: the king’s decline”. The episode 2: “Leopard: the hunted Hunter”. Episode 3: “Cheetah: running to survive”. And episode 4: Summary episode with all three animals.
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