ONSIGHT reaches further than ever in 3D for Galapagos with David Attenborough

18th February, 2013

Galapagos with David Attenborough is the new groundbreaking 3D series, produced by Colossus Productions – the joint venture between Atlantic Productions and BSkyB. This production is their first 3D project and ONSIGHT is proud to have provided the full camera and post production service.  Our team has collaborated with Atlantic Productions for Sky 3D on a number of successful documentaries, including BAFTA-Award winning Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough and the acclaimed Kingdom of Plants 3D. In addition to this, Galapagos with David Attenborough is ONSIGHT’s fourth project with the celebrated broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough.

The three-part series exploring the Galapagos Islands, an archipelago of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, features diverse landscapes and extraordinary species by using pioneering technology.

Our camera department delivered a 5K workflow and supplied RED Epics with a number of stereoscopic rigs for the logistically demanding job. The series was shot by DoPs Paul Williams and Simon de Glanville.

Working in line with the rental facilities, ONSIGHT’s post production department developed a bespoke onset DIT solution months before the shoot to meet both the challenges of the remote location and the requirements of Director Martin Williams and Production. The Lab & Post team at the company’s award-winning Soho facility provided technical support during the offline and managed the rushes. The full post consisted of conform, VFX support, depth and colour grade, mastering and reversioning. Deliverables for Sky and international usage were provided in both 3D and 2D. ONSIGHT Colourist Andy Lee enhanced the rich and colourful landscape of the Galapagos Islands on Mistika, creating contrast between the creatures, such as the Blue-Footed Booby birds and the dark lava rocks. Lee remarks, “The Galapagos is an incredible environment and I wanted to reflect that using a vibrant palette. The 5K workflow was super efficient, providing me with access to the raw camera data throughout. I think the series is astonishing.” In the post production process, we worked closely with Production to finish the 3 x 60 minute films, entitled ‘Origin’ (Episode 1), ‘Adaptation’ (Episode 2) and ‘Evolution’ (Episode 3).

Remarkably, the series also captured a new species of pink iguana on film for the first time. David Attenborough came face to face with the rare creature, officially called Conolophus Marthae, which lives on top of a volcano. The iguana features in Episode 3.

Galapagos with David Attenborough first broadcasted on Sky 3D and Sky1 HD from 1 January 2013 and continues to run.

Watch the trailer here.  Photos courtesy of Colossus Productions.