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River Monsters a whopper for Icon Films

A programme about flesh-eating fish in the remote Kali River in the Himalayas has attracted millions of viewers worldwide

By Rebecca Burn-Callander, The Telegraph  

The remote Kali River in the Himalayas is home to a flesh-eating monster that has carried out fatal attacks on Indian and Nepalese villagers over two decades.

Seven years ago, a fisherman set out to find the river-dwelling creature, catch it, and solve the riddle of what had been eating the swimmers. The fisherman’s name was Jeremy Wade.

He has now become the frontman for one of the most successful fishing series of all time, River Monsters, which has been broadcast in 100 countries in 20 languages.

Created by Bristol-based Icon Films, River Monsters is now the top-rated show on US cable channel Animal Planet, and attracts up to 2.8m viewers when new episodes are premiered in the UK on ITV. 

This article first appeared in The Telegraph April 28th 2015 

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How big boots led to Bigfoot

How do you turn a pair of hiking boots into a film about the yeti?  Well, it’s a long story – so, here goes.

In 1997 I was in the kingdom of Bhutan making a natural history film called The Last Shangri-La. We had a local nomad as a guide called Nado (which means Black) who carried all our equipment on his surly yaks from camp to camp. Nado wore an old pair of holey plimsolls – through which his toes poked -  but every morning,  when I woke, he’d be making the fire and feeding the yaks and have on my excellent Gore-Tex trekking boots, which I’d leave the night before to dry out by the fire. 

As we came to the end of the expedition Nado suggested that if I gave him my boots I could sleep with his wife back at his village. I made a counter offer. If he told me where I could film a Migyur – the name the local give to the yeti - he could have my boots.

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Why we sponsored a Gromit

By Harry Marshall, Creative Director 

The idea of huge Gromits dotted around Bristol is brilliant.  Everyone loved the Gorillas but Bristol is Gromit's home town.  Like all good ideas, it feels so right. 

The Grand Appeal is raising vital money for the Children's Hospital and the new extension and Icon Films is doing what it can.

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Grand Designs - the new fundraising film for Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal

By Harry Marshall, Creative Director, Icon Films

It was an extraordinary eye-opener for us all at Icon Films to work with Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal and to visit the Children's Hospital in Bristol. 

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A Way To Dcoumentary by Harry Marshall, Creative Director, Icon Films

As one of the major suppliers of the ONE SHOW Icon Films probably makes as many short films as anyone in the UK, somewhere between 60 and 70 a year. Icon Films was very proud to sponsor the Documentary award last week at the Bristol Encounters short film festival where  Finlay Prestell's Cutting Loose was a  worthy and clear winner.  Beautifully shot and edited, intimate access, emotion and a ring side seat on a world that few otherwise would see.   

During the Encounters Festival I sat on a panel The Way to Documentary to talk about how directors get to make films and in particular how to get to make long form documentary films for television...   

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Working with local crews can take a production to the next level

Harry Marshall talk to Broadcast about filming with local crew ahead of Wild India, airing on Nat Geo Wild UK Feb 13th 2012 at 8pm

This article first appeared in Broadcast (http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/5037983.article

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