Like a Mars Mission ‘: The Filming of A Perfect World by David Attenborough


We were really fortunate with this series because we had finished filming and were editing when the coronavirus struck, so we were able to film it remotely. Ed Charles, Director, Weather and Oceans

Since 2016, I’ve been working on this project, so it has been a long time in the making. In Mongolia, in the Gobi Desert, we shot the wild camel series.

It’s unlike anything on Earth I’ve ever seen.

It feels more like being on a Mars mission. Nothing is alive there. We will go for five or six days on a daily basis without even seeing a sign of another living thing. You’re not going to see another living soul. No birds were flying overhead. We’ve been trying to locate these camels, of which only 1,000 are left in the wild, and only 450 are left in the desert of Gobi, so it was just like looking for a needle in a haystack. One of the reasons why the desert is so hostile and inhospitable is that it gets as cold as -40 degrees in the winter, while we were there.

It is unbelievably cold, yet unbelievably beautiful at the same time…. It was truly difficult for us, but it was worth it to find the camels. It’s very special to find them because there are just 450 in an area the size of Belgium.’ All the crabs shook hands and began dancing’ Sophie Darlington, Cameraman, WeatherI was filmed with four other crew members on Christmas Island. ‘We filmed land crabs—when they can, they live in the wet highlands, but when it begins to rain, they come down to the shore and mate in burrows, then go into the sea.

It’s like the craziest festival that you’ve ever seen.

At foot stage, it all takes place.

All these little crabs go to the edge of the water, and they shake hands in a dance with about 100,000 shells.

It’s almost like a disco. There’s this awesome scene of these red crabs who don’t care what gets in the way of them. They’re all going nuts. They’re crawling over you, over your gear, over the roads. Half the island is locked off because the roads are cut off. We were really competent with rakes to sweep them out of the way so that we didn’t step on them. For over 30 years, I’ve been filming and it was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen. It’s the sheer number and dedication of these creatures, but also their humor as well. David Attenborough: “The earth and its oceans are finite. I hope this show is a wake-up call. “I worked on the Humans segment, which is about our effects on the planet. Emily Franke, Assistant Producer, Humans.

While there were optimistic moments as well, a lot of what we filmed was very sad and awkward. We went out on the Sea Shepherd boat that patrols Gabon against illegal fishing. For almost three weeks, we filmed there. The regulation is implemented by the Gabonese government, so there were 10 marines on the boat and five fisheries officers as well. We spent 24 hours[a day]patrolling the seas. We would all get into the smaller, quicker boats from a distance when we saw a fishing boat that we wanted to board, to try to catch them unawares. There was a moment when we had to climb onto a 100-meter purse seine boat that had a very wide draft. We went up a rope ladder and strapped to us all the camera equipment none of us had ever done before. I practiced walking up and down the sides of these boats with the crew on the days we were not filming. It was only on boats that were legally fishing that we were able to film, but it will show viewers the effect of our fishing activities.

I hope it’s going to be a wake-up call as to where our food is coming from.

I believe how distant we have become from the natural world is one of the key points we speak about in the film. We need to see ourselves as part of it if we’re going to get out of the mess we’re in.’Two hundred giant tortoises under a tree, sheltering from the sun’Huw Cordey, producer of Volcanoes and series producerI went to Aldabra, one of the most remote and uninhabited islands in the world.

It is an Indian Ocean atoll.

I also went to Wolf Island, which is probably one of the most remote of the Galapagos Islands, and to Yasur Volcano on Tanna Island in Vanuatu to film a lava lake.Visiting Aldabra was very special because it’s almost impossible to get there as a tourist. To even have an opportunity to get there, you have to be on a fancy cruise. Ode Three


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