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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.

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