Lindsay Taub

Great Migrations Meets Great Expectations

2010-10-24 by Lindsay Taub

And you thought your life was tough? Imagine having to run waist deep through a river of hungry crocodiles every year just to survive another? Or flying across a continent on frail wings just so your grandchildren will have a chance to live?

National Geographic’slatest initiative “Great Migrations” makes any human’s life struggles seem trivial. Narrated by Alec Baldwin, four hours of stunning footage awaits the global audience when the series premieres on November 7, as filmmakers and scientists chronicle the epic journeys of animal migrations around the world in some of the most visually stunning footage ever created.

Three years in the making, the series is “the most ambitious endeavor in National Geographic’s 122 year history,” said Steve Schiffman, president of National Geographic Channels, as he introduced the first hour of the series to an enthralled audience of filmmakers, celebrities, scientists, and entertainment big wigs Thursday night at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. The global high-definition programming event will reach 330 million homes in 166 countries and 34 languages.

By filming in 20 countries on all seven continents with no less than 800 days of shooting (400 hours of which was under water and in temperatures ranging from sub zero to 120 degrees Fahrenheit), filmmakers captured some never-before and rarely seen animal behaviors. One of the most surprising was the intimacy shared among a group of male sperm whales. Talk about male bonding! The scientists were also able to create and attach a radio transmitter to a monarch butterfly and track its flight for the first time. Scene after scene, the mesmerizing footage transports viewers to a world unknown, where time-lapses show the miracle of Mother Nature and slow motion the power and skill of the hunt.

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