Film crew here for new BBC nature series ‘The Hunt’
An Emmy-winning cameraman that detailed the beauty of the arctic with ‘Frozen Planet' has now turned his attention to Bermuda and the Sargasso Sea.
Doug Anderson, who has also worked on several landmark BBC/Discovery nature documentaries including ‘Blue Planet,' ‘Planet Earth' and ‘Life,' is currently on Island working with LookBermuda on a new BBC series called ‘The Hunt.'
“We're looking at the link between predator and prey and the evolutionary arms race that happens over time,” he said. “We'll be on the Island for about three weeks looking a the Sargassum Frogfish, which lives in the seaweed.
“It's on the opposite end of the spectrum of the sea predators you think of like the marlins. He's about two-and-a-half inches long and walks through the seaweed.”
He said series is likely to be broadcast sometime towards the end of 2015, noting that such documentaries can take years to go from the planning stages to completion.
“There's about a year of planning and two years in the field,” he said. “Then there's about another year of post production with the editing, the music and the narration. It just takes a long time for a big series. It's really difficult to do it in less than two seasons.”
The cameraman said this is his first visit to the Island, joking: “Compared to ‘Frozen Planet,' it's certainly warmer.
“It's a nice, beautiful Island and an amazing place. It's one of those places I have always dreamed about coming to. There's almost no continental shelf. It just goes straight into the abyss, which makes it perfect for a lot of marine life.”
Along with filming, Mr Anderson is set to give a speak this evening on his experiences filming the ‘Frozen Planet' series in a presentation at the Bermuda Undersea Exploration Institute.
The presentation, titled “Orcas to Ice Diving” will cover all aspects of the challenging shoot in both poles.
“It was a four-year project from door-to-door,” he said. “We spent two seasons in the Arctic and Antarctic filming.”
One of the highlights, he said, was having the opportunity to film killer whales creating waves to wash seals from sea ice into the water — a rarely seen hunting strategy. “It was first recorded around a hundred years ago, but it's just not something we've seen often since then,” he said. “The problem may be that the killer whales may find it more difficult to use that technique as there is not as much sea ice where they can do it.”
The lecture is scheduled to begin at 7pm, with doors opening at 6.45pm. Tickets cost $20 for BUEI members and $25 for non-members.