Thursday, May 19, 2011

David Attenborough warns of confusing Computer-generated imagery (CGI) in television documentaries - 19th May 2011

(Image) Sir David Attenborough yesterday said artificially-reconstructed scenes during science shows including Inside The Human Body (pictured) had become a 'big problem'

Computer-generated imagery in science and nature programmes is confusing viewers, David Attenborough has warned.

The veteran TV presenter admitted it has become a ‘big problem’ and suggested that broadcasters put captions to point out scenes that had been artificially reconstructed.

Sir David told the House of Lords Communications Committee his ‘misgivings’ over the use of the technology when watching controversial BBC1 biology programme Inside The Human Body.

He said: ‘If you wanted to confuse the audience, you have got more convincing ways of confusing them than ever in history.’

He added that there are ‘well known examples’ of programme-makers ‘overstepping the mark’ and giving viewers false impressions created by computer.

Computer generated tactics are used routinely in science and nature shows - but the viewer is given little guidance about the nature of the image.

One member of the committee suggested a warning dot on shows every time the practice was being used. Read More