Sky goes fishing in 3D with River Monsters
River Monsters Pack of Teeth sees intrepid biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade venture deep into exotic back waters in search of a flesh-eating river monster but this time, there’s an added dimension.
Shot in glorious 3D, you’re right there with him like never before as he navigates the Okavango delta of Botswana investigating sinister stories of a deadly fish, rumoured to lurk unseen in these eerie waters. A killer with shark-like teeth, there are tales of it hunting in packs, feeding in frenzies on schooling fish and even human bodies. It sounds like the work of giant piranhas but there’s nothing like that here. Or is there? Monstrous fish may be the least of his worries though as Jeremy takes on scorching heat, irritable hippos and man eating crocodile on his mission to identify and catch this ravenous river monster.
Icon Films teamed up with 3D specialists Inition who provided the 3D equipment and stereoscopic Supervisor Cambell Goodwille and 3D Rig Technician Peter Collis.
To capture the fast paced and dynamic nature of the film, 95% of the footage was shot on hand-held 3D camera systems – a method which is considered by many to be impossible for 3D. As a 2D version was also being produced, the film was shot simultaneously in 2D and 3D on the same camera – no additional 2D cameras were used. And unlike the approach of many 3D shows stereographer Campbell Goodwille was continually 'riding' the 3D camera controls in response and anticipation of the action to give a consistent and satisfying 3D aesthetic.
Cinematographer Brendan McGinty, one of the UK’s most experienced 3D cameramen says that River Monsters is intrinsically perfect material for a stereo narrative delivering what the original dream of 3D was... taking the viewer on an exotic or unfamiliar place and making it more real.
River Monsters Pack of Teeth in 3D airs on Sky 3D Channel Wednesday 31st July 2013