Drones and other cutting-edge filmmaking technologies have been used in Planet Earth II, the brand new landmark natural history series for BBC One.
Ten years after the BBC’s groundbreaking Planet Earth series hit the world’s screens in 2006, the epic documentary returns with Planet Earth II.
BBC just announced that their new series, Planet Earth II, will be aired later in 2016 and will be 6 x 60 minutes.
The series – filmed in jungles, cities, deserts, mountains, islands and grasslands – was co-produced by the BBC, BBC America, ZDF and France Télévisions.
Planet Earth was the first nature documentary to be filmed in HD. It was also, at the time, the most expensive documentary series ever commissioned by the channel.
This new series, three years in the making, is the most high-tech production ever undertaken by the BBC.
Planet Earth II takes advantage of dramatic advances in filming technology to
“uncover stories about the natural world we have simply never been able to witness before”
according to Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Channel controller.
The series was filmed in 4K (ultra-high-definition), and availed of the latest camera stabilization systems, remote recording and UAV’s (drones), cutting-edge technologies that simply weren’t available in 2006.
While the original Planet Earth used a camera mounted on a helicopter to capture aerial footage, the new series captured dangerous and elusive animals with ultra-high-speed cameras mounted on drones to “take the audience closer to nature and allow you to experience the wilderness as if you were there”.New BBC's Planet Earth II series captured footage with 4K cameras on dronesClick To Tweet
Unmanned drones allow cameras to follow animals where helicopters cannot fly and ‘camera traps’ – which switch on when an animal triggers a sensor – have been used to get close to creatures like the notoriously shy snow leopard and grizzly bear.
“Ten years on from Planet Earth, it feels like the perfect moment to bring our audience a series of such ambition, which will change the way we see the natural world”
said Tom McDonald, BBC Head of Commissioning for Natural History and Specialist Factual Formats.
Sir David Attenborough, the 89-year old famed naturalist who provided narration for the original show and who’s considered a national treasure in Britain, will be back to present the new series.