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A 10 gauge Ithaca camera was used to shoot the first gun scene. But the firing pin broke and it caused the film crew to jump pretty high when the shot blasted the mound. So another take was needed. The camera man got a 12 gauge Browning pump and used that for the second take. And that shot was used in the film.
The Dragons of Galápagos won over 20 awards including the Golden Gate Award, the Golden Panda for best film at Wildscreen '98, the Golden Spire, San Francisco and the Australian Society of Cinematographers Photographer of the Year Award.
The episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft in News and Documentary Programming -- Cinematographer
In the making of the documentary, John Bredar and his crew had to spend three months in Rome, staying just outside the walls of the Vatican. Everyday, the crew had to fight for permissons to gain access to each area for filming.
Field producers also had to turn up in suit and tie everyday as a respect to the institution.
American's on Everest was the very first National Geographic Specials to appear on TV, before they became a semi-regular series.
Americans On Everest was the first moving picture ever showed of the view on the summit of Mount Everest. The documentary earned itself the highest ratings for a documentary for that period.