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After The Blue Planet succeeded in examining our sealife, BBC UK decided to take a global look at our planet.  In cooperation with several other TV stations they spent approximately 47 million US Dollars on what's turned out to be the probably biggest and most breathtaking nature documentary series of all time.

Planet Earth is divided in eleven episodes, each about an hour in time - and to serve cinema market too, a film named Earth was put together focusing on the migration paths of three particular species. All in all it was over five years in the making, filmed at over 200 locations with forty different camera teams.
Producer Alastair Fothergill and his team certainly put documentary filmmaking on a new level using groundbreaking high definition cameras.

New technology and camera lenses enable the crew to close up on their target as never before.
For the stunning air shots the gyro-stabilized Cineflex Heligimbal system was attached to the outside of the helicopter, remote-controlled by the experienced camera man Mark Kelem, aerial director of Mission Impossible.
The newly developed system is able to get equal close ups as a conventional camera system but with the helicopter four times higher up in the sky. The increased altitude prevents the film team from scaring off the animals due to engine noise.
So finally it is possible to approach animals in their environment and show them in their most natural behavior. At the same time you can also zoom out completely to see a vast perspective of the world the animal is living in. All that without disturbing them for a single moment.

The Cineflex V-14 HD attached to a helicopter.
Click on the image, to see more of the V-14 HD.

Maybe one of the most stunning shots using the Cineflex system: Wolves hunt Caribou (click to open popup).
Source: Youtube

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