Africa producers praise 'intimate' feel

7th Dec 2012

The crew behind the BBC's new epic natural history programme Africa have revealed the behind-the-scenes secrets of how they filmed some unique new footage.

After four years and 1,500 days in the field gathering material for the new David Attenborough series, its producer James Honeyborne said the perspective from which the camera looks is an all-important feature.

Filming from around the height of a tripod or a 4x4's door creates a particularly "remote" feeling, he explained, and provides an animal's-eye-view of the action as it unfolds.

"It's so much more intimate if you can see what they're seeing, from the perspective that they're seeing it," he said.

Producer Hugh Pearson also expressed excitement at what Africa has in store for viewers, giving them a fresh perspective on the continent's incredible diversity that covers everything from freezing glaciers to simmering volcanoes, poisonous lakes and deep forests.

Mr Pearson spoke of how the crew captured the first few hours of a baby turtle's life as it hatched up through the surface of the sand before making a "100-metre dash down the beach to get to the sea".

He explained: "You look at a nice tropical beach and you think, 'Well, that would be lovely' but when you're being picked off all the way by crows and crabs all of a sudden it goes from heaven to hell."

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