When was The Green Planet filmed?

Nicky Morris

The green planet is Mr David Attenboroughthe latest documentary series that focuses on the plant life of Earth.

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Sir David traveled far and wide to create this captivating programme, but when was it filmed? Keep reading to find out.

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When was The Green Planet filmed?

Filming for the series began in early summer 2019 in Wiltshire. The team traveled to 27 countries, including Costa Rica, Croatia, Northern Europe and the United States during filming.

Addressing the BBC of the filming process, Sir David said: “In a sense the show itself grows slowly, like plants. We started [filming] a long time ago, before Covid. And so I was rushing to interesting places, California and so on, in a way that hasn’t been possible in the last two years.”

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He added: “So I appear quite frequently in all these different parts of the world, more than any other [series] for a while.”


Sir David traveled the world to film the new series

What is The Green Planet about?

The five-part series was created using pioneering cinematic technology, with each episode covering a different theme: tropical worlds, water worlds, seasonal worlds, desert worlds and human worlds.

The synopsis reads: “Plants live secret, unseen lives. But they are as aggressive, competitive and dramatic as animals – locked in life-and-death struggles for food and light, engaging in fierce battles for territory and desperately trying to breed and disperse their young.”

How was The Green Planet filmed?

The documentary program was filmed using high-tech equipment, including thermal cameras and macro image stacking. Robotic time-lapse camera rigs, dubbed Triffids, were also used, allowing the camera to travel around the plant world and time-lapse filming in all sorts of environments.


Pioneering cinematic technology was used for the program

First Person View drones were also used to film the footage, allowing a highly trained pilot to use a headset to see the drone’s perspective and perform “remarkable feats of high-speed aerobatics across complex obstacle courses.

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