In Production

Hidden Kingdoms 3D - BBC One
commissioned for 3D TV
and for Giant Screens worldwide
Phil Streather: 3D Consultant and Stereo Supervisor

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One episode of the BBC natural history series Hidden Kingdoms has been produced in 3D, as part of the broadcaster’s two-year examination of stereoscopic technology.

According to BBC head of 3D Kim Shillinglaw: “There are a number of challenging issues capturing 2D and 3D simultaneously in a natural history environment that we wanted to look at - namely that you cannot plan for every aspect of wildlife movement.”

She added: “The production is developing bespoke camera solutions that will break new ground to capture the behaviour of very small creatures in macro photography.”

Mark Brownlow the director adds that the production is using a pair of Phantom Miro cameras filming at 1,000 frames a second for high-speed photography of chipmunks in North American forests. (text adapted from Broadcast article 19.10.12)
The slo mo cameras reveal extraordinary, Matrixlike detail of the chipmunks fighting each other,” said Brownlow. “I don’t believe this has been seen before and it’s an experience that is not the same viewed in 2D. I want to push the throttle on the 3D and make it almost interactive.
Mark Brownlow - director

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