The evolution of flight
The power of flight is one of nature’s greatest achievements. From its humble beginnings, over one hundred billion creatures soar through the sky today, from tiny, nectar-drinking hummingbirds to armoured airborne beetles, bizarre winged lizards and sonar-guided bats hunting in the dead of night.
…in stunning 3D.
In Conquest of the Skies 3D, David Attenborough travels through time to unravel the astonishing, 300-million-year story of the flying animals. Who were the first flying creatures, where did they evolve, and how did they adapt into the huge variety of aeronauts that fill our skies today? Only now can he reveal the hidden mechanics behind their gravity-defying skills, using cutting-edge CGI, the very latest in high-resolution filming techniques, and pioneering scientific analysis.
I oversaw all timelapse photography on the production, entailing setting up a location studio and running three cameras around the clock for 5 weeks. Additionally I shot location timelapses in 3D in some of the remotest areas of the islands with access that only a helicopter can afford.
To push the boundaries of 3D timelapse I developed a series of motion control winches, dollies and controllers to allow me to run 3D mirror rig cameras in motion control. In the studio the added complication was controlling the grow lighting and film lighting.