Sky has announced another project with Sir David Attenborough, one that will show the stunning Galapagos Islands in 3D.
Following their recent 3D collaborations with the BAFTA-winning Flying Monsters and the New Year’s Eve polar spectacular, The Bachelor King, Sky’s next outing with the godfather of natural history programmes will tell the spectacular story of the Galapagos Islands. The series will be shown in three parts and will be written and presented by Attenborough himself.
This will be the first film to be produced by Colossus Productions, which was formed this summer by Sky and Atlantic Productions. Galapagos 3D promises to be a truly ground-breaking series of programmes, with David Attenborough calling the islands “one of the most wonderful places in the world.” The islands were famously visited by Charles Darwin whose observations there helped him formulate his theory of the origin of the species. More practically, as the islands were only discovered relatively recently the wonderful animals there are not afraid of humans yet. This should help the team capture footage of them acting completely naturally which is, after all, what the audience wants.
The director of the project from Sky 3D, John Cassy, has said that they will use 3D to “bring the islands to life for our customers in a way that has never been possible before.” This project will involve both micro and macro filming with state-of-the-art 3D visual effects to showcase the forces that have helped to shape the unique islands. Galapagos 3D will air on Sky 3D in late 2012 and hopefully by then, the furore surrounding David Attenborough and the ‘authenticity’ of his programs will have died down.