Dr. Jane Goodall's legendary work with the chimpanzees of Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park is the subject of this remarkable film co-produced by the Science Museum of Minnesota, Science North, and Discovery Place, Inc. Produced and directed by David Lickley and edited by James Lahti, Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees takes viewers on an extraordinary trip deep into the wild and across four decades of research to experience the world of the chimpanzee as they've never seen it before.
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: David Lickley
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/EDITOR: James Lahti
This IMAX film represents another opportunity, since Science North's Gold Fever for Amin and his crew to work with musicians of the Toronto Symphony and Opera Orchestra's. Other orchestral projects include the Nelvana animated feature "Rescue Heroes: The Movie", and the IMAX production "Gold Fever" and the currently running IMAX film "Mysteries of the Great Lakes".
A special component were the songs provided by South African legend Johnny Clegg. Unlike the usual fare of songs being edited and thrown in at the last moment, the Clegg songs were re-recorded specifically for the film, with Amin's supervision.
The soundtrack/compilation CD of "Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpazees" was released in October 2003. It includes the score by Amin Bhatia and features songs and performances by South African legend Johnny Clegg with additional songs by Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Cockburn, Samite and Paul McCartney. Visit Big Screen Music for more info.
The DVD of "Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpazees" has also been very warmly received with praises for the film's content, the music and for the technical transfer of a large format picture to the smaller screen. "The DTS soundtrack is simply outstanding, offering an incredibly immersive surround experience. The film's beautiful and energetic musical score is used extremely well. More than just filling the surround channels, it has been balanced so that different instruments are distinctly heard in different locations: the experience is that of sitting right in the center of the orchestra as it performs." DVD Talk.
The project involved a lot of technology and travel: Songs were first recorded by Clegg's 20 musicians and vocalists in South Africa. Other tracks were then added at Amin's studio. A 40 piece orchestral score was recorded at CBC Studio 44, with the final mix of all these elements at Manta DSP's Theatre One. The blend of orchestral, africana, song and soundscape results in a very unified music soundtrack, with melodies from the score giving way to the songs and vice versa. The music is very much a part of the film's success and Amin is very grateful to all involved:
Orchestrated and Conducted by: Jamie Hopkings
Recorded and Mixed by: Cory Mandel
Additional Engineering by: Ian Rodness, Ohad Benchetrit
Assistant Engineering: Annelise Noronha, Chris Welsh, Don Dickson
Music recorded at CBC Studio's Studio 44
Music Mixed at Manta DSP Theatre 1
- Piano: Ari Posner
- Flute / Piccolo: Camille Watt
- Oboe: Lesley Young
- Clarinet / Bass Clarinet: David Bourque
- Bassoon: Michael Sweeney
- Harp: Janice Lindskoog
- Percussion: Blair McKay, Mark Duggan
- Concert Master: Mark Skazinetsky
- Violin: Paul Meyer, Adele Armin, Sandy Baron, Amy Canzoneri, Young Dae Park, Wendy Rose, Jasper Wood, Mi Hyon Kim, Angelique Toews, Debbie Kirshner, Jayne Maddison, Annalee Patipatanakoon, Erika Raum, Marc Andre Savoie, Rebecca Van Der Post, Jim Wallenberg, Viginia Wells
- Viola: Kent Teeple, Beverly Spotton, Danny Blackman, Eric Paetkau, Nick Papadakis, Angela Rudden
- Cello: Roman Borys, Simon Fryer, Carina Reeves, Kirk Worthington
- Double Bass: Roberto Occhipinti, Charles Elliott,Tom Hazlitt
- Music Contractor: Roberto Occhipinti
Special Thanks to the Following Individuals and Companies For Their Help in Making this Score Possible:
For more information about Jane Goodall, visit the official WILD CHIMPANZEES website.
- The Bhatia Family
- Arlene Bishop
- Diane Foster
- Monica Kuebler
- Long and McQuade
- Saul Pincus
- Ari Posner
- Elinna Quan
- Roland Corporation
- Larry Scott
- John Tempereau
- Mark Wright
- Yamaha of Canada