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23 August 1959 |
Windlesham, Surrey, England
Michael John Slee (born 23 August 1959) is a British television documentary producer/director, film-maker and writer.
Life and career
Born in Windlesham, Surrey, Slee studied Art & Design at Kingston University, and graduated with a first class honours degree from the London College of Printing in Photography, Film and TV. He first achieved industry recognition for directing James Burke, in the 1989 ACE Award-winning PBS documentary series After the Warming. This prescient series dealt with the issue of global warming, using virtual reality computer simulations.
Slee then directed a 20-part TLC series with Burke, called Connections 2. By 1997 he was at the forefront of large screen IMAX film making, co-devising and directing Wildfire – Feel the Heat for the Discovery Channel, and The Legend of Loch Lomond for the Strathclyde European Partnership. In 2003 he co-wrote and directed BUGS 3D!, a $9 million IMAX 3D natural history drama, narrated by Judi Dench. The film was a semi-finalist at the 2004 Oscars, and was awarded the GSTA Lifelong Learning Honor in the same year.
Slee directed the 2005 British television programme, The Gunpowder Plot: Exploding The Legend. In 2008 he directed the feature film Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins, which was narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. Based on the ubiquitous Animal Planet television series, the film was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2011 he began filming the IMAX 3D project Flight of the Butterflies. Covering Dr Fred Urquhart's nearly 40-year-long scientific investigation into the monarch butterfly. Principal filming of the one-year project was completed in early March 2012, The film had its world premiere on 24 September 2012, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Federal government of Mexico, through the Mexico Tourism Board and the Embassy of Mexico.
- As director
- The Kid (1986)
- After the Warming (1989)
- Connections 2 (1989)
- Wildfire: Feel the Heat (1999)
- The Legend of Loch Lomond (2001)
- Bugs (2003)
- Megastructures (2004)
- The Gunpowder Plot: Exploding The Legend (2005)
- Perfect Disaster: Ice Storm (2006)
- Voyages of Discovery (2006)
- Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins (2008)
- Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein (2008)
- The Secret Life of Primates (2009
- Hammond Meets Moss (2010)
- Atlas 4D (2010)
- Engineering Connections (2008–2011)
- Richard Hammond's Journey to... (2011)
- Flight of the Butterflies (2012)
- Warren, Piers (2011). Wildlife Film-Making: Looking to the Future. Wildeye. p. 222. ISBN 190584302X.
- Zone, Ray (2012). 3-D Revolution: The History of Modern Stereoscopic Cinema. University Press of Kentucky. p. 179. ISBN 0813140706.
- National Public Radio (28 September 2012). "'Flight': A Few Million Little Creatures That Could". WBUR. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
- Barnett, Mary (1 September 2012). "Monarch migration demystified in new IMAX film premiering in Chattanooga". Nooga.com. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
- Lussier, Germain (11 September 2012). "'Flight of the Butterflies in 3D' Trailer: IMAX Gets Back To Its Natural Roots". /Film. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "SK Films presents "Flight of the Butterflies"". Mexico Today. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- Albin-Najera, Susie (14 September 2012). "Flight of the Butterflies Opens in Mexico and Theaters Worldwide". The Mexico Report. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- Hawtin, Amber. "Flight of the Butterflies wraps one-year shoot, Mexican President visits set on last day of filming". SK Films. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- Mexico Tourism Board (25 September 2012). "Mexico Tourism Board and the Embassy of Mexico Host Flight of the Butterflies in 3D World Premiere". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
- staff (30 September 2012). "Mexico Tourism Board, Embassy Host "Flight of the Butterflies" in 3D World Premiere". Hispanically Speaking News. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
- Mitchell, Elvis (25 July 2003), Bugs!, nytimes.com, retrieved 28 December 2009
- "Off The Fence Announces Deal With Principal Large Format". 4rfv.com. 27 February 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2012.