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An exploration of the remarkable life and groundbreaking ideas of biologist E.O Wilson, founder of the discipline of sociobiology, world authority on insects and Pulitzer Prize winning writer on the subject of human nature. "E.O. Wilson - Of Ants and Men" is an endearing portrait of one of the great scientists and thinkers of our time.
Filmmaker Q & A
What inspired this story?
The story was inspired quite simply by Ed Wilson’s remarkable career that has spanned so many years and so many fields of science. He is genuinely one of the most inspiring scientific thinkers and writers of our time, a true American original. I had been aware of his work for many years. As a Ph.D in Anthropology, I well remember the furious controversy around the discipline he created, Sociobiology. The chance to actually work with him was irresistible.
Describe some of the challenges faced while making this film
Probably the greatest challenge came from Ed’s frail state of health. He was just not able to be involved in active sequences and could really only do sit-down interviews at the various locations we filmed in – though he was game for travel and an unfailingly charming interviewee. So the challenge was to create around this rather static set-up a style of filming and story-telling that was dynamic and engaging.
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