From anarchy-rock to cypress avenues
The finishing of the 90minutes arthouse-version of the butterfly stories is getting closer. At the moment, music composer Theo Krieger is working on the soundtrack of the exciting project about people and butterflies.
BUTTERFLY WORLDS 5 x 14 Minutes ZDF, Germany
Butterfly Worlds is a mini-series of five short documentaries about people and butterflies. We filmed in six countries on four continents.
First we travelled to Ecuador, later on to Thailand, Austria, USA, Mexico and England.
1. Moth hunting in the rainforests of Thailand & Ecuador
Ten years ago, Thomas Ihle emigrated from Germany to Thailand. He makes a living by hunting moths and other insects. We follow Thomas on an expedition to the jungle of Thailand. We also tell the story of Belén Mena, a young designer from Quito, Ecuador. Belén is inspired by the incredible variety of jungle moths and created a breath taking design-look and book called PACHANGA.
2. The Monarchs arrive! USA / Mexico
Every year, a new generation of Monarch Butterflies makes an unbelievable journey across the North American continent. Millions of the tiny insects fly two thousand miles and more from the Great Lakes at the US/Canadian border to a few valleys of Central Mexico where they survive the winter in big clusters on the branches of the Oyamel trees. We follow their trip from Chicago across the Midwest and Texas to the sanctuary of El Rosario. International experts comment along the path on the amazing abilities oft these unique flight acrobats.
3. The passion of collecting butterflies Austria / Germany
Collecting dead butterflies was a fashion for a long time. Meanwhile it´s not common any longer and doesn´t look politically correct. In Vienna we met two collectors of butterflies. Dr. Martin Lödls started as a young boy with the collecting and hunting of butterflies. Today he works in the Natural History Museum of Vienna, one of the most charming places of Europe.
In a less enthusiastic way Dr. Hildegard Winkler sees the collection of butterflies. In the third generation, she runs an insect shop in the old part of Vienna. With a lot of charm and the typical sarcasm of Vienna she makes her comments on the „passion of collecting.“
4. Fine Threads, Thailand
Eight thousand silk worms die in their cocoons for one rope of silk. We show the process of a handcraft that was developed a few thousand years ago in China. The silk production starts with very hungry caterpillars and a couple of farmers in the northeast of Thailand. Three times daily, they feed the insects with fresh mulberry leaves. Later, we have a look inside a factory with weavers, designers and other people who create the finest fabrics. An amazing success story oft he fascinating natural fabric silk.
5. Inspired by Nature, Great Britain
Bionic or biomimetics is a technique where scientists and engineers use nature as a model and inspiration. In three different stories we show that even moths and butterflies are used as a model for new technologies.
The most impressive research takes place in England at two of the most famous universities in the world: Oxford and Cambridge.
The „Silk Group“ around Prof. Fritz Vollrath analyses the silk production of spiders and silk worms, the „Flight Group“ around Dr. Richard Bomphrey sends moths in a wind channel whereas in Cambridge the physicist Uli Steiner and his team do research on optical phenomena of the wings of a Morpho butterfly.
Written & Directed by Christoph Schuch
Camera: Philip Flaemig ( Thailand, Austria)
Marcus Lenz ( USA, Mexico, Ecuador, England & Germany)
Tobias Schinko ( USA, Thailand, Austria)
Christopher Zahlten ( Mexico, England)
Silvia Menzel, ZDF-info
Produced by Christoph Schuch AVANTI-FILM 2012