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A Life of Extremes

The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker

Max Quinn



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01 November 2020
Filming in the world's most extreme environments requires more than just a steady hand. In temperatures as low as -50 degrees, your body shuts down and your equipment freezes up. But it's worth it to witness and record the stunning beauty and epic struggle of life on the edge.

Since 1991 when he spent 11 months filming the wildlife of Antarctica, Max Quinn has been the go-to filmmaker for documentaries such as Expedition Antarctica (2010), Hunting the Ice Whale (2013) and South America's Weirdest (2019). A Life of Extremes tells the stories and shares the stunning images from Quinn's 20 years of adventures in polar climates. Be it travelling 80 kilometres over crevassed ice to a lonely colony of Emperor penguins, or figuring out how to keep cameras warm in the coldest places on earth, Max Quinn has a story to tell about it. Natural history fans will be enthralled by the rich and layered stories, while film buffs will marvel at techniques required to keep the camera rolling when pushed to the absolute limit of endurance.

Become inspired to leave the tourist trail behind with this unique book about what life is like behind the camera, beyond public transport and even human habitation. Learn about dog sled racing, the last great ice age, penguin colonies, and everything else that happens in the immensely beautiful landscapes where the temperature is permanently below freezing.
By:   Max Quinn
Imprint:   Exisle
Country of Publication:   New Zealand
Dimensions:   Height: 260mm,  Width: 182mm, 
ISBN:   9781775594321
ISBN 10:   1775594327
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Max Quinn is a wildlife filmmaker with over 50 years of experience in television production. He has filmed in areas from Antarctica to Mexico; Taiwan to Tibet, for broadcasters such as Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Now 'retired', he continues to do freelance projects around the globe.

Reviews for A Life of Extremes: The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker

'This is quite an amazing book, showing the hardship, danger and excitement of filming in extreme weather conditions. As well as the scientific aspects of the films, the author has a real interest in and knowledge of the polar wildlife, and many different species feature throughout the book. It is well illustrated in colour photographs, with the pictures alone almost being able to tell the story. I can heartily recommend this book.' -- Alan Stewart 'A Life of Extremes is a personal memoir of Max's travel and polar filmmaking encounters with wildlife in these remote locations. Whether it be travelling eighty kilometres over ice to a lonely colony of emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsterior) or being surrounded by minke whales (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) frolicking in pools of open water, Max has a story to tell about it.' -- Australian Wildlife Magazine

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