National Geographic Channel Promos

On January 5, 2021, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski

It’s January 2021. 20 years ago this month, The National Geographic Channel began cable & satellite programming to millions of homes across North America. From 2000 to 2002, Przyborski Productions filmed many of the network’s major promotions.

Working with Lorraine Snebold, Senior VP of Brand Management / Creative, all projects were filmed in 35mm at National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The first floor of one of their buildings was converted into a state-of-the-art, TV studio that originated live & pre-recorded programming every day. For director-cinematographer Glenn Przyborski, it meant promo shoots were scheduled on weekends.

All the promos involved complex effects and graphics. Przyborski worked closely with digital artists from San Francisco’s 168 Design who handled post-production special effects and motion graphics. The iconic National Geographic theme music, originally composed by Elmer Bernstein, was adapted and customized for most of the promos.

Nat Geo was originally a joint venture of National Geographic and FOX. Today, the Walt Disney Company owns over 70% of the popular Nat Geo and Nat Geo Wild cable channels.

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