Hyperlapse engineering artist Rob Whitworth and the BBC team recorded a segment about the effects of electric lights on animals living in Hong Kong. The result is incredibly beautiful!
The neon-filled megapolitan city of Hong Kong is an inspiration to architectural photographers, drone-based photographers and filmmakers, as well as the director of Planet Earth II’s final episode, David Attenborough. While Attenborough and the Planet Earth team’s ability to capture life in the wild is undeniable, they hired hyperlapse artist Rob Whitworth to create a zoomed-out footage of Hong Kong for a segment on the effects of electric lights on the animals living in Hong Kong.
This is the first Planet Earth II episode to focus on a man-made living landscape.
Whitworth’s skill in capturing various cities from Barcelona, Dubai and Pyongyang in an impressionistic style gives him a place and a special touch among timelapse filmmakers. “By moving the time-lapse camera into the city, we can create a “hyperlapse” that compresses space and time. As a result, we feel how busy the city is.” That’s how the BBC describes Whitworth’s work.
Planet Earth II is the result of the work of 22 cameramen and more than 40 production staff. They had to make 117 expeditions in more than 40 countries. The film crew spent 2,089 days shooting more than 50 species of animals. The end result is divided into 6 episodes that explore the natural wealth of the earth with a rich drama flavor. We can enjoy a tense race between iguanas and dozens of snakes, follow the search for true love of a slow loris and the process of hatching a turtle egg—with the help of some Planet Earth film crew of course.
Below, you can watch a long snippet of the Hong Kong city hyperlapse minus the narration from Attenborough.
Planet Earth II Episode 6, Cities, is the final episode by Attenborough. But don’t worry, the BBC will air a compilation episode entitled “A World of Wonder” January 30, 2017.