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Frozen Planet II

VFX , Graphic Design and Animation

Life in the extreme.  In a fragile world of beauty and hostility, nature finds a way to survive and thrive. Sir David Attenborough explores a planet on the brink of major change.

Moonraker used the latest techniques for visualising satellite data, to help tell the stories from our polar regions across this 6 part series for primetime BBC One.

We worked closely with BBC Research and Production, testing multiple categories of satellite data that had the potential to offer new visual insight. From exploring SAR radar data to use of specially commissioned satellite images for realising timelapse.  One shot alone utilised data from five different satellite sources.

This close collaboration was key to the success of our work for Frozen Planet II.  It allowed us to bring our expertise in satellite imagery to create authentic and accurate visuals, based on real science.

Moonraker also helped compile timelapses from real-world footage shot in the field to show glacial motion and the dramatic transformations of the landscape across the seasons.

Key Credits

Broadcaster: BBC One
Production Company: BBC NHU
Series Producer: Elizabeth White
VFX Producer: Emma Kolasinska
Creative Lead: Graham Stott
Technical Director: Tom Downes
VFX Supervisor: Olly Hagar
Original Music: Hans Zimmer · Adam Lukas · James Everingham