David Attenborough to Front New Sky 3D project ‘Galapagos’

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LONDON – Sky is bringing one of the earth’s most remote regions to life in a new 3D TV project Galapagos 3D, a documentary about exploring the unique species and ecology of the remote Pacific islands.

Written and presented by Sir David Attenborough, Galapagos will be the veteran British natural history presenter’s fourth 3D project with Sky.

The TV film will broadcast in late 2012 and is the first film to be produced by Colossus Productions, Sky’s joint venture specialist 3D production outfit with U.K. 3D pioneer Anthony Geffen. Colossus was set up last year to develop original 3D programming for U.K. and the global TV market, including the small but fast-growing number of Sky 3D homes. Sky has identified the project as part of its commitment to increase its investment in U.K. originated content by 50 percent.

Galapagos, the islands where Charles Darwin first contemplated the theory of natural selection, are a unique location for filming, not least because the lack of human contact means that the wildlife is remarkably unafraid of human contact.

“One of the things that make them even more extraordinary is that because the islands were not discovered by human beings until relatively recently, and they had remained isolated for so long, the animals still haven’t become frightened of human beings,” Attenborough explained.

“You can walk among them carrying your own snap shot cameras or even carrying a 3D rig and they won’t go away. They continue behaving in just the way that they would do naturally. Galapagos is full of drama, full of charismatic creatures which you can film; it is a natural for 3D.”

Geffen, the show’s executive producer as well as co-founder of Colossus, said the project was the most ambitious 3D venture yet embarked upon in the U.K.

“It will involve micro and macro filming on location and state-of-the art 3D visual effects which will peel away the Earth’s surface and shed light on the hidden forces that have built and shaped the islands.”

Since launching Sky 3D in October 2010 Sky has broken new ground across a range of genres, including natural history, live music, the arts, sport and movies.  Highlights have included Flying Monsters 3D, music festivals, opera and ballet, Kylie Minogue live, Got to Dance, the 3D TV world premieres of Avatar, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story as well as more than 150 live sports events.

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