Building Big


60m 2000

Brief Synopsis

Documentary that features some of the planet's most spectacular structures, highlighting the engineering principles and human stories behind these achievements. Part 1 focuses on bridges, from the stone arch bridges of the Roman Empire, to Japan's giant all-steel Akashi-Kaikyo suspension bridge, th

Film Details

Release Date
2000

Technical Specs

Duration
60m

Synopsis

Documentary that features some of the planet's most spectacular structures, highlighting the engineering principles and human stories behind these achievements. Part 1 focuses on bridges, from the stone arch bridges of the Roman Empire, to Japan's giant all-steel Akashi-Kaikyo suspension bridge, the longest in the world. Part 2 explores domes, the object that has long been called the perfect form. When the Roman Emperor Hadrian rebuilt the Pantheon, a temple to all the gods, he chose the dome as uniquely symbolic, impressive and complex, creating an enduring role for the dome as a symbol of human achievement. Part 3 explores the structures that are about ego and advertising, as much as engineering. At 1476 feet, the twin Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, are the tallest structures in the world. The program looks at the aim for altitude, from the medieval towers of Italy's San Gimignano, to today's dueling skyscrapers. Part 4 surveys dams -- the biggest, most controversial structures of all. Grand dams store water, prevent floods and generate electricity, but they can also displace populations and wreak havoc on the environment. Part 5 examines the dangers and difficulties of tunneling through hard and soft ground, what it takes to build a 24-mile-long tunnel under the English Channel and why people don't pass out from carbon monoxide poisoning as they drive through a road tunnel.

Crew

Heron Alencar

Sound

Paula S Apsell

Executive Producer

Marco Ausich

Production Assistant

Marco Ausich

Researcher

Jim Ball

Assistant Camera Operator

Alexandra Baltarzuk

Sound

Mary Bechtel

Sound Editor

Peter Bettendorf

Sound

Richard Bieniawski

Advisor

Steve Bores

Sound

Michael Boyle

Sound

Gary Brierley

Advisor

Linda Callahan

Other

John Capron

Cinematographer

Brian O Carroll

Assistant Camera Operator

John Chater

Assistant Camera Operator

Berle Cherney

Animator

Laurel Cobble

Sound Editor

Kalindi Corens

Segment Associate Producer

Christopher Cox

Cinematographer

Connie Crawford

Advisor

Mark Cruvellier

Advisor

Liz Dory

Assistant Camera Operator

Doug Dunderdale

Sound

Judith Dwan Hallet

Writer

Judith Dwan Hallet

Segment Producer

Richard Einhorn

Music

Bob Elfstrom

Cinematographer

Akif Ergulec

Location Coordinator

Boyd Estus

Cinematographer

Sara Finkelstein

Associate Producer

Sara Finkelstein

Segment Associate Producer

Max Fischer

Assistant Camera Operator

Matt Fox

Assistant Camera Operator

Mike Fox

Cinematographer

Lila White Gardella

Post-Production Assistant

Jim Gilchrist

Sound

Chris Gorman

Assistant Camera Operator

Mickey Green

Sound Editor

Mickey Green

Editor

Sam Green

Editor

Sam Green

Post-Production

Warren Harrison

Assistant Camera Operator

Williams Harrison

Cinematographer

Courtney Hayes

Researcher

Courtney Hayes

Segment Associate Producer

Romany Helmy

Location Coordinator

Malcolm Hirst

Sound

Terry Hopkins

Cinematographer

Jef Huey

On-Line Editor

David Hurley

Audio Mixer

Tom Inskeep

Assistant Camera Operator

Pam Jacobson

Researcher

Pam Jacobson

Production Assistant

Mary Anne Janke

Assistant Camera Operator

Ken Jones

Props

Milena Kaneva

Location Coordinator

Tom Kaufman

Cinematographer

Pat Kelly

Assistant Camera Operator

Larry Klein

Executive Producer

Larry Klein

Writer

Emel Kurma

Location Coordinator

Kiki Lambert

Location Coordinator

Sarah Landau

Advisor

Betsy Ledonne

Segment Associate Producer

Albert Lee

Researcher

Colin Leighton

Location Coordinator

Thomas Levenson

Segment Producer

Thomas Levenson

Writer

Greg Linton

Sound

Asta Loevlin

Production Assistant

Asta Loevlin

Researcher

Pamela O Long

Advisor

Ray Loring

Music

Marti Louw

Segment Associate Producer

Paul Marbury

Assistant Camera Operator

Robert Mark

Advisor

Dave Markun

Colorist

William B Mccullough

Assistant Camera Operator

Brian Mcdairmant

Cinematographer

Joseph Mcmaster

Writer

Joseph Mcmaster

Segment Producer

Jefferson Miller

Cinematographer

Barbara Millstein

Advisor

Stephanie Munroe

Segment Producer

Stephanie Munroe

Editor

Carlo Muzi

Assistant Camera Operator

Paul Nathan

Sound

Priscilla Nelson

Advisor

Julie Parker O'brien

Post-Production Supervisor

John O'connor

Sound

Mark Olshaker

Writer

Henry Petroski

Advisor

Roger Phenix

Sound

Wally Plummer

Sound

Carla Raimer

Researcher

Olivia Reeves

Researcher

Alison Richards

Researcher

Alison Richards

Production Assistant

Erich Roland

Cinematographer

Mark Roy

Sound

Paul Rusnak

Sound

Amy Rutledge

Post-Production Coordinator

Catherine Sager

Segment Associate Producer

Jonathan Sahula

Editor

Rube Samuels

Advisor

Anthony Savini

Assistant Camera Operator

Katha Seidman

Set Designer

Chuck Seim

Advisor

Dennis Smith

Advisor

Buddy Squires

Cinematographer

Mark Steele

On-Line Editor

George Tague

Lighting

John Tanzer

Assistant Camera Operator

Rob Todd

Sound Editor

Gigdem Turkoglu

Location Coordinator

William Tzouris

Sound

John Van Der Zee

Advisor

Catherine Ventura Ward

Location Coordinator

Jeffrey Victor

Assistant Camera Operator

Eugenie Vink

Writer

Eugenie Vink

Segment Producer

Robert Vogel

Advisor

Alexis Ward

Location Coordinator

Sam Bass Warner

Advisor

Tim Watts

Sound

Brett Wiley

Assistant Camera Operator

Dick Williams

Sound

Dick Williams

Assistant Camera Operator

Merce Williams

Sound

Carol Willis

Advisor

Jeff York

Sound

John Zecca

Sound

Film Details

Release Date
2000

Technical Specs

Duration
60m

Quotes

Trivia