The Making of LIFE: Camera! Action! Data!
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  Michael Gunton   Michael Gunton
Executive Producer
BBC Natural History Unit


Wednesday, April 6, 2011
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

Level:  Business

LIFE is the Emmy award winning wildlife series made by the BBC with Discovery Channel that premiered in 2010 in the US. Four years in the making, 150 global locations, 2,000 days filming and 3,000 hours of high definition footage all to create a series of 10 one hour episodes. This is the story behind the scenes - how the filming was done, from the latest camera techniques to coping with working in wild places and with wild animals that never read the script. And it's also a story from the editing room - how the masses of footage was handled, marshalled and archived - how the footage was given life beyond the transmission of the series and how projects like this fit into the future of multi-platform media.

Dr. Michael Gunton is the executive editor of Life, a nature documentary series made by BBC television and first broadcast on the BBC in 2009. The series takes a global view of the specialized strategies and extreme behavior that living things have evolved in order to survive. Dr. Gunton is also the director of development for the Natural History Unit. Mike was the series editor for The Natural World for three years and an executive producer on numerous films and series, including Ultimate Killers, Galapagos, David Attenborough’s Life in the Undergrowth, and Alan Titchmarsh’s British Isles: A Natural History. He joined the BBC in 1983 to work on Open University science and children’s programming. With Peter Jones, Mike set up an independent television company, Green Umbrella, where he worked as a director on the natural world strand as well as two PBS series, The Search for Our Ancestors and The Natural History of the Senses. He has also been an executive producer on a number of one-off specials, from celebrity safaris to environmental investigations, and was the series editor of Natural World from 2001 to 2004, overseeing nearly 60 films.

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