How the live-action plate shoots worked for nature documentary series ‘Life on our Planet’

A new podcast on making dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures with ILM.

This week on the befores & afters podcast, we chat to Industrial Light & Magic visual effects supervisor Jonathan Privett about Netflix’s Life on Our Planet. This a nature documentary series narrated by Morgan Freeman about, well, 4 billion years of life on Earth.

The show consists of many, many creatures that ILM has built and animated and then composited into mostly live-action plates. Which is actually where my discussion with Jonathan begins, jumping off a fun featurette Netflix released where they are battling the elements to film scenes in England’s Lake District.

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Find the podcast below, along with some fun featurettes about Life on Our Planet.

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