Sunrise Earth

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Sunrise Earth
Created by David Conover
Starring Nature
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 64
Editor(s) Josh Povec
Cinematography David Conover
Running time approx. 50 minutes
Original channel HD Theater
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release 2004 – present
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Sunrise Earth is a nature documentary television series featuring hour-long episodes that aired in the United States on Discovery HD Theater, now renamed HD Theater. The series focuses on presenting the viewer with sunrises in various geographical locations throughout the world. It is also notable for its complete lack of human narration, concentrating instead on the natural sounds of each episodes' specific location. High-definition video images and Dolby 5.1 stereo surround sound are used to present each natural environment in a clear and detailed manner. The show is an example of the genre known as "Experiential TV", developed by series creator David Conover.[1] The technique has been described by TV critic Tom Shales as "crazily uneventful and thoroughly wonderful."[2]

Compass Light, Conover's small production company in Camden, Maine, started producing the series in 2004. 64 one-hour Sunrise Earth shows have been created in the first four years of production. The crew shoots with High Definition video cameras and the editors cut between multiple perspectives at a leisurely pace. The show is presented in real-time, with each shot lasting an average of 30 seconds. Each episode captures one sunrise from a certain location, such as Machu Picchu, Turkey or Scandinavia. Captions in the lower portion of the frame occasionally give information as to the location, time, and events on screen.

Compass Light was founded by director David Conover in 1992. Specializing in the creation of non-fiction documentaries, the company's work focuses on the discoveries of people in challenging and value forming situations, primarily outdoors and in a marine context.[1] Work includes productions for PBS Nova, The Science Channel, National Geographic Explorer, Discovery Channel, and HD Theater.[3] Compass Light productions have earned the National Outdoor Production Award, a Blue Ribbon by the National Educational Media Competition, a National Academies Communication Award, and a nomination for an Emmy for Outstanding Director.[4]

Sunrise Earth previously aired weekdays at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. Eastern time on Discovery HD Theater.[5] However, as of mid-March 2011, the show no longer airs on any channel (current or otherwise) and is rumored to have been cancelled, though no official word from Discovery or Compass Light has confirmed this.

Episode list[edit]

  • Season 1
  1. Moose in the Morning
  2. Yellowstone Geysers
  3. Gator Hole
  4. Bison Before Breakfast
  5. Sea of Terns
  6. Vermont Balloons
  7. Alewife Eternal Return
  8. Tropical Palms
  9. Swallow Sea Cave
  10. Yosemite Dawn
  11. Cribworks Kayak
  12. Sequoia Light
  13. Sunrise Seal Colony
  14. Lobster Village
  15. Western Ranch
  16. Everglades River of Grass
  17. Wildflower Elk
  18. Edge of Atlantic
  19. Milk Cows in the Morning
  20. San Francisco Tai Chi
  21. Teton Beaver
  22. Manatee Spring
  23. Island First Light
  24. Sunrise East
  25. Sunrise West
  • Season 2
  1. Katmai Bears
  2. Volcano Lagoon
  3. Homer Takeoff
  4. Ninagiak Island
  5. Glacier of Kenai Fjords
  • Season 3
  1. Mayan Pyramid
  2. Birds of Palo Verde
  3. Cloudforest Waterfall
  4. Playa Grande Moonset
  5. Dawn of Cerro de La Muerte
  6. Angkor Temples of Khmer Kings
  7. Li River Cormorants
  8. Ping An Rice Paddies
  9. Buddhists of Wat Svay
  10. Elephant Trunk Park
  11. Scandinavian Waterfall
  12. Foothills of Turkey
  13. Stonehenge Dawn
  14. Mediterranean Port
  15. Icelandic Geysir
  16. Argentinean Seal Pups
  17. Peruvian Rainforest Canopy
  18. Andrean Dawn at Machu Picchu
  19. Amazon Parakeets
  20. Patagonian Penguins
  21. Christmas Lights
  22. Solar Eclipse
  23. Polar Bears
  24. Secrets of the Sun (special documentary)
  • Season 4 – Viewers Choice
  1. The Skelligs of Ireland
  2. Great Barrier Reef
  3. Haleakala Crater
  4. Society Island Sunrise
  5. New Zealand Frost
  • Season 5 – Viewers Choice II
  1. Japanese Garden
  2. High Desert Arches
  3. Midnight Sun of Svalbard
  4. Vancouver Inside Passage
  5. Venetian Canals


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