Shooting with the carbon fiber Carbon XL 7 jib crane with 3D cameras in the London Natural History Museum

 

Galapagos 3D with David Attenborough filmed on location in the Galapagos islands

Galapagos 3D with David Attenborough filmed on location in the Galapagos islands

By Robert Hollingworth, DP

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Over the summer of 2013, I headed up the Second Unit on a new natural history film presented by one of the world’s greatest naturalists, David Attenborough. Our aim was to bring the Natural History Museum in London to life, in 3D.

The finished program, “David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive” premiered on January 1, 2014 on Sky1 TV in England. An advanced “Black Tie Premier” was held at the museum and attended by selected guests, including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The next showing is scheduled on Sunday, February 16 at 8:30am on Sky TV.

3D is generally a slow way of filming, using more light and heavier grip than 2D. So, it was decided in this film, to shoot the Second Unit sequences on stills cameras. They are smaller, lighter, and can have exposure times of seconds meaning lighting levels could be greatly reduced.

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