‘Wings 3D’ Director John Downer Discusses The Exciting Time For Wildlife Filmmakers

by Peter D. Marshall

by Charles Poladian.


John Downerhas spent more than 30 years working as a wildlife documentary director and producer. Most recently, he revisited his “Earthflight” series to create “Wings 3D” and the director sat down with the International Business Times to discuss making the documentary and what it took to bring the flim to life.

As part of a double feature, BBC Worldwide and Fathom Events will air a special cut of “Doctor Who: Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel” and “Wings 3D” over two nights. David Tennant stars in the two “Doctor Who” episodes and also narrates “Wings 3D.” Fans who purchase tickets can watch the two-part “Doctor Who” episode, featuring bonus content, on Monday and return to theaters to watch “Wings 3D” on Tuesday.

Speaking to Downer, the director said it took six years to film “Earthlife” and “Wings 3D.” The shoot was unique as his crew would shoot in 2D and 3D and also return to certain events to shoot in 3D.

Downer said, “What we did was look at the early material, stuff which really excited us, and said, ‘This is really quite special,’ and decided that was the story we were going to tell in 3D. When you’re shooting in 3D, it’s a whole different thing again, so the only stuff we did on the bigger series was to shoot those events we knew were impossible to repeat. Mostly, those were when we were flying with birds across Venice or New York and so we filmed them in 2D as well as 3D.”

Read the rest of this article from IB Times.

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