Bugs, Bones & Botany: The Science of Crime


In the dark recesses of a warehouse, a drunken game of cards explodes into a shocking murder. Now the night watchman lays dead. The only witnesses a housefly or perhaps a cockroach that might be skittering by.

That stylized tribute to our seemingly endless appetite for TV programs about forensic science sets the stage for an examination of how, in the real world of police investigations, nature is being enlisted in the war on crime.
With the help of Dr. Jennifer Gardy, of British Columbia’s Centre for Disease Control (CDC) we spend the next hour sifting through the mayhem, murder and science that make up the world of forensic investigation.





Produced, Directed & Written by
Daniel Zuckerbrot
Donna Zuckerbrot

Executive Producers
Daniel Zuckerbrot
Donna Zuckerbrot

For CBC The Nature of Things
Executive Producer
Michael Allder
Senior Producer
FM Morrison

Director of Photography
Christopher Romeike

Susan Cormack

Marvin Dolgay

Jennifer Gardy

Associate Producer
Joshua Zuckerbrot

Art Direction
Terry O’Neill

Additional Camera
Richard Chisolm

Camera Assistant
Adam Makarenko
Peter Carty

Sound Recordists
Scott Chappel
Eric Harwood Davies
Dennis Towns

Special Effects
Scott Hamilton

Dramatic & Studio Elements

Jennifer Gardy
Brian Frank
Livingstone Beaumont

Camera Assistant
Kevin Stewart

Bob Lyte
Adam Landucci

Justin Beattie

Adam Crosby

Production Assistants
Josh Awerbuck
Rachel Zuckerbrot

Insect Wrangler
Jim Lovisek

Linda March

Online Editor/Colourist
Dan Johnston, Imarion Inc.

Andrew Emslie, Imarion Inc.

Sound Editor
Alan Geldart

Sound Mixer
Stephen Traub, Kitchen Sync

Narration Recording
Ryan Aktari, Kitchen Sync

Legal Affairs
Richard Hanet, Lewis Birnberg Hanet, LLP

Richard Warburton, Kay & Warburton

Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc.

Stock Footage/Archival Visuals
VENUS Project/UVic

With Special Thanks To
ADL Process Inc
Adam Gottdenker
Joseph Gottdenker
Macfarlane Nameplate & Anodizing Inc
MaRS Centre
Laurentian University
Simon Fraser University
Virginia Commonwealth University

Produced in association with CBC­ with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credits and the Ontario film & Television Tax Credits.

Worldfest Houston (Platinum)

Columbus International Film and Video Festival (Honourable Mention)