Title Details

Survivor, The

In The Survivor, microphotographer Dietmar Fill puts salt ponds under the microscope in this study of how life responds to an increasingly stressful saline environment.
Series : Little World of Dietmar Fill, The | Episode : 5 | Year : 1984 | Total Duration : 24 Minutes | Producer : Don Murray, John Shaw
Director : Greg Reading |
Orange and pink sunrise over lake. Two galahs silhouetted on tree branches. CUs Dietmar Fill filming with large lens. WS salt ponds and LS white heron on water. CU beaker scraping up water from pond and collecting water specimen in plastic bag. Opening titles and images.
Access No. 131343 | 1 min 58 secs | 1980s | Dampier, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial over Dampier and series of ponds in vast tidal creek. Aerials over geometric ponds and lower aerial over salt pond. GS truck pulling many containers carrying salt. GS salt being poured into hoffers through conveyor belt. Interior shots of Dietmar Fill driving to salt works. VS salt being processed.
Access No. 131344 | 1 min 13 secs | 1980s | Dampier, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Dietmar Fill meeting with biologists at salt ponds. Zoom out from truck carrying newly harvested salt. Zoom out from salt being washed in plant. VS salt stock piles and GS container ship.
Access No. 131345 | 1 min 33 secs | 1980s | Dampier, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS rock hill and zoom to Aboriginal rock painting of bird. VS Dietmar Fill walking over rocks and MS paintings and carvings on rocks. MS kangaroo in grass and later hopping away. VS pumping station with water gushing from pipes. MS milkfish and track over plants in salt pond. CU semaphore crab and CU crab blowing bubbles.
Access No. 131346 | 1 min 27 secs | 1980s | Dampier, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Dietmar Fill arriving at salty estuary with biologists to study pelican population. CUs collecting samples of algae from rocks. CUs group of milkfish. CUs discussions with biologists. Aerial over levee. VS Fill setting up camera and filming. Tracks and MS of pelicans flying over and skimming water.
Access No. 131347 | 2 mins 47 secs | 1980s | Dampier, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Underwater shots of pond algae. Micro shots of algae strands and micro shots of algal spores in algae strands. Micro shots of zoaspores and protozoans. Micro plankton cells, euglena cells, group of diatom. WS pond with dying mangroves and CUs of sandpipers beside pond observed by Dietmar Fill and biologist. Sandpipers dipping beaks into water.
Access No. 131348 | 2 mins 42 secs | 1980s | Dampier, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Dietmar Fill and biologist donning plastic wading trousers to film in pond. CU codfish underwater and VS men in water filming. WS pumping station pumping water into next pond and CU top shot over water gushing from pipes. Zoom back to canal. Micro shots of dinoflagellates and dunuliella cells.
Access No. 131349 | 2 mins 35 secs | 1980s | Dampier, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS swarming milkfish with fins visible and pull back to Dietmar Fill filming them and in discussion with biologist. Micro shots of dinoflagellates, dunuliella cells and euglena cells. Micro shots of blue-green algae and mucilage strands. VS Fill and biologist in discussion and emptying algae containing shrimp into jar from net. CU brine shrimps in jar.
Access No. 131350 | 2 mins 48 secs | 1980s | Dampier, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Dietmar Fill filming brine shrimp in laboratory. CU feathery shrimps against dark blue background. WS pond and distant mountains in hazy light. Large truck hauling mounds of salt towards and past camera in heat haze. Micro shots of dunuliella cells. MS brine pumped from pipes into large pond.
Access No. 131351 | 1 min 10 secs | 1980s | Dampier, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Dietmar Fill walking around pond with specimen jar taking samples. Micro shots of halophillic bacteria. Micro shots of dununiella cells. WS pond with glittering sun reflected from surface. MS pumps pumping brine into pond and pan over salt crystallising on pond. WS Fill on salt flat. Micro shots of blue-green algae and dunuliella.
Access No. 131352 | 2 mins 27 secs | 1980s | Dampier, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom to salt encrusted surface of pond and WS and pans over ponds. CU Dietmar Fill's feet walking over salt surface of pond and CU picking up handful of slat crystals. Micro shots of salt crystals and time-lapse sequence of salt crystallisation producing brilliant colours. Zoom out from huge shovel emptying salt into truck. Zoom out from Fill walking over salt flat.
Access No. 131354 | 2 mins 28 secs | 1980s | Dampier, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |