The Kid Should See This

How the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie

In this Vox video from Joss Fong and Dion Lee, we get a look at the technological changes that have influenced how the BBC creates their world-renowned nature documentaries. Compare the groundbreaking access of the versatile 16mm film cameras used in Zoo Quest, circa 1954, to the groundbreaking cinematic style that drones, heligimbals, and handheld stabilization rigs have brought to BBC’s Planet Earth II in 2016.

Update: How wildlife films warp time, a look at Planet Earth’s slow motion and time lapse footage, part 2 in the series.

And in part 3, we observe the technology that helps Planet Earth filmmakers see in the dark:

Related exploration: Sir David Attenborough’s free Story of Life app.

Next: The Elephant Bird Egg from Zoo Quest, more Planet Earth II, and Sir David Attenborough at 90, an interview. Plus, the gyroscope.

Also: Sand Bubbler Crabs Making Sediment Balls on an Australian Beach and time lapse plants.

This feature is being tested. Saves will disappear if you clear cookies. Find saved videos here.

🌈 Related videos

Flowers opening: a time lapse from thousands of photos

Rion Nakaya

Bears in the forest: What goes on when you are not there…

Rion Nakaya

Cherry blossoms over Tokyo’s Meguro River by drone

Rion Nakaya

Thin underwater cables hold the internet – Vox

Rion Nakaya

The science of solar eclipses: How do solar & lunar eclipses work?

Rion Nakaya

Seed germination to growth time lapses by Neil Bromhall

Rion Nakaya

Why is Lake Hillier pink?

Rion Nakaya

The Best Bloopers from Penguins – Spy in the Huddle

Rion Nakaya

Glowing, blooming fungi in time lapse – Planet Earth II

Rion Nakaya

 
Browse the TKSST Video Collections

Get 7 smart videos delivered every week.

 

Subscribe