Too often, nature movie directors succumb to the temptation of humanizing wildlife. While the results may be entertaining, they blind us to the authentic reality of what’s out there. In “Dancing with Dragons,” Erez Sitzer allows the dragonfly to be itself. There is nothing cute or anthropomorphic even though the movie includes interaction between a dragonfly and a human being.
Erez shared his secret for shooting a nature movie with such kinetic subjects: “I calm myself, put my hand out, talk to the dragonflies; I get near them and they hop on. If I’m just patient, they come.”
If Erez’s movie makes you wish you knew more about dragonflies, your wish is about to come true. At Dragonfly-site.com you can learn about the various types of dragonflies, facts & myths about these astonishing creatures, what they represent symbolically, and a lot more. If you want even more, check out the Smithsonian’s 14 Fun Facts About Dragonflies. (Spoiler alert Fact #9: Dragonfly flight is so intriguing, some engineers are trying to build robots that fly like these insects.)
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