Patrick McMillan is the host and director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden.

Patrick McMillan is the host of “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan” and director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden.
Image Credit: Expeditions with Patrick McMillan

CLEMSON — “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan” has won its fourth Southeast Emmy Award for an episode titled “Hummingbirds – Life in Fast-forward.”

The Emmy competitions are the most prestigious in television and video production.

“Expeditions with Patrick McMillan,” which is produced by Clemson University in collaboration with SCETV, is seen nationally on three-fourths of public television stations. The hummingbird episode, which took three years to film in parts of South Carolina, Arizona and Ecuador, won for Outstanding Informational/Instructional Programming. (Highlights from the episode are shown below.) A second “Expeditions” episode titled “Grandfather Mountain, Island in the Sky” was also nominated.

“The hummingbird episode really showed the power that these tiny birds have in shaping the world around them,” said McMillan, who is the host and director of South Carolina Botanical Garden and a faculty member at Clemson University. “We used the highest-speed footage that has ever been taken of hummingbirds — about 4,600 frames per second — and were able to capture behavior that had never before been observed in such exquisite detail. These birds move so fast that you can’t see what they do with the naked eye. It was really cool to be able to show what happens in a tenth of a second.”

McMillan, who is highly regarded for his work in botany and zoology, has been nominated for more than a dozen Emmy awards by the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The hummingbird episode, which took three years to film in parts of South Carolina, Arizona and Ecuador, won for Outstanding Informational/Instructional Programming

The hummingbird episode won for Outstanding Informational/Instructional Programming.
Image Credit: Clemson University

“Expeditions with Patrick McMillan,” which began airing in 2007, has taken viewers on compelling journeys through gorges, forests and even arctic tundra. The series is renowned for its groundbreaking wildlife and wilderness footage, as well as the intricate stories of interdependence that are told with an ease that allows the general public to gain a deep understanding of complex ecological issues.

“I would like to thank, congratulate and recognize the staff members who make ‘Expeditions’ wonderful and are the reason it received this latest award,” McMillan said. “The incredible videography — including slow-motion video by Colin Knight, video and editing by David White, technical help by Edward Pivorun and music by Bobby Holliday — all came together for a win.”

Expeditions with Patrick McMillan” airs on ETV in South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Ten new episodes are planned for 2016.

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