Kingdom of Plants 3D with David Attenborough: The secrets behind the series

With the first episode from Sir David Attenborough’s Kingdom of Plants 3D series airing on Sky 3D this weekend, Pocket-lint got to meet the living legend in person, and to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the programme was recorded in 3D.

As Sir David told us, shooting plants in 3D was far easier than capturing plants,  because they don’t move as much. But that’s not to say that it didn’t come without its own challenges.

“We wanted to go where the human eye doesn’t go,” explained Anthony Geffen, executive producer and CEO of Atlantic Productions.

This involved shooting in periscopic 3D, something Geffen claims not to have been done before, and one particularly impressive feat that involved a remote-controlled helicopter that filmed 3D footage from the view of a flying insect.

“We wanted to push the boundaries. We tried to break a lot of new ground, to get the most from something that hasn’t been done before.”

Geffen admits this resulted in a lot of footage that was simply thrown away, but is not ashamed of this trial by error approach.

“We hope the viewer drops into the 3D world, lives in it, before coming out at the end,” he says.

It’s a mindset that appears to be working. Avatar director and 3D pioneer James Cameron was so impressed that there’s talk about a future collaboration between him and Atlantic Productions.

But before all that, Sky 3D will be showing all three episodes of Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough on consecutive Saturdays from 6pm on 26 May. The series will also be broadcast simultaneously in 2D on Sky Atlantic, while a 40-minute IMAX film will be out later in the year. 

Attenborough and Atlantic Productions are already filming another 3D series, this time set in the Galapagos Islands.

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