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David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive nominated for a BAFTA

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D an immersive new documentary that saw the fascinating inhabitants at the Natural History Museum brought to life in CGI for the first time, has been nominated as ‘Best Specialist Factual Programme’ for the BAFTA Awards. Filmed entirely at the Natural History Museum, the documentary gave audiences an up close and personal experience using ground-breaking 3D and CGI technology.

Written and presented by multi-award winning natural history broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, the film uses state of the art camera and VFX technology to bring the world’s most intriguing dinosaurs, and extinct beasts back to life. Based on pioneering, expert scientific knowledge the film looks at some of the biggest mysteries surrounding these creatures. It was produced by Colossus Productions, the production joint venture between Sky and Atlantic Productions which creates tent pole, event programming in 4k, 3D and 2D.

“This is a really cutting-edge project, presenting the Natural History Museum in a way never before seen and fulfilling a lifelong dream of David’s to enliven this treasure trove of knowledge. The project achieved the highest audience figures for any factual show ever aired on Sky 3D, which is a testament to the hard work and innovation from everyone involved in the project” said Anthony Geffen, CEO and Executive Producer of Atlantic Productions.

Combining spectacular visuals with David Attenborough’s extraordinary insight and delightful interaction with these creatures offers viewers a captivating window into prehistory, as they join him on a unique and enchanting journey through time to discover how these animals once roamed the planet.

Alice Beer, Filming and Events Manager at the Natural History Museum, explained: “The museum is a great location for filming with its soaring Romanesque features and modern, contemporary space of Darwin Centre Filming throughout the night really gave the production team free reign to create what they wanted.  

“A highlight for me was watching the art department create a fake hole in the North Hall cafe for a giant ground sloth. We tipped over the cafe furniture to make it look as though the sloth had dug into the mosaic floor and knocked soil and furniture everywhere”  

The film sparked so much interest that an App (NHMA) was created so that visitors at the museum can experience the recreation of these creatures in real time by holding up their hand held devices. The film is now available in 3D and 2D on Blu-ray and DVD.

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