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First Flying Monsters 3d pics

23 November 2010

Here’s a first look at pics of Sir David Attenborough’s new 3d film, Flying Monsters 3d, which airs on Sky 3d on Christmas Day. The one hour film is Sky’s first original factual 3D commission.

A feature documentary about the evolution of pterosaurs - flying vertebrates with a wingspan of up to 45 feet who lived 200 million years ago - Flying Monsters 3d is written and presented by Attenborough.

Filming of the 3D natural history documentary took nine months and involved Sir David and a crew of 12 taking in locations across the world including Germany, New Mexico, France and the UK. A team of over 80 people were involved in the filming and post-production and the process took over half a year in total to complete.

The film is produced by Anthony Geffen through his company Atlantic Productions and was directed by Matthew Dyas. The 3d TV technology was from VFX studio ZOO, with members of the global team's credits including Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Flying Monsters 3d features several pterosaur species including Dimorphodon, Darwinopterus, Tapejara and Quetzalcoatlus and culminates with footage of Sir David Attenborough flying in a glider alongside a Quetzalcoatlus.

“This was one of the most complicated sequences ever filmed in 3d. We shot David in a real glider and later superimposed, using CGI, the biggest pterosaur – a Quetzalcoatlus. The idea was to demonstrate the extraordinary scale of the pterosaur, a creature that was longer than a bus and could fly at 75 miles an hour, by setting it beside something from the modern day of the same size that people could relate to,” explains Geffen.

The film will be released theatrically in IMAX cinemas around the world in 2011 and return to Sky 3D later in the year.

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