How do series like Planet Earth capture footage of things like the inside of ant hills, or sharks feeding off of a dead whale?


Partially I’m wondering the physical aspect of how they fit in these places or get close enough to dangerous situations to film them; and partially I’m wondering how they seem to be in the right place at the right time to catch things like a dead whale sinking down into the ocean?

What are the odds they’d be there to capture that and how much time do they spend waiting for these types of things?

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The recent series “our planet” had an extra hour long episode in which they explained how they got footage of a very rare tiger. Members of the team had to take turns living in a small hut near where they had found evidence of tigers being in that area (paw prints, poo etc)

They stayed in that hut all by themselves for a week or more, not leaving at all and waited for the Tigers to pass by.

The most amazing shots though were captured with trap cams. Any movement would turn on the camera and start filming.

When they were filming Orangutan, they had to treck through the forest following them. 1 team member carried the huge camera, another carried the huge tripod, then when they stopped they had to assemble it all and try and film the orangutans before they moved again. Which they did, alot.

Eventually after much perseverance they managed to film the amazing moment an orangutan broke open a dead tree containing an ants nest and then used a stick to poke inside to get to the ants.

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