Frozen Planet

Frozen Planet

A World Beyond Imagination

by Vanessa Berlowitz and Alastair Fothergill

Hardback Publication Date: 13/10/2011

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The ultimate portrait of the earth's Polar Regions.

In 2012 the Discovery Channel will broadcast Frozen Planet, the long-awaited third installment in the BBC Earth series of which Blue Planet: Seas of Life and Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before won multiple Emmy awards.

Frozen Planet is the companion book to the TV series. It follows the world's best wildlife photographers as they capture animal behavior and landscapes never seen before, including Antarctica's active volcanoes and the previously restricted Russian Arctic. Custom-designed HD cameras allowed undisturbed observation. Traveling by nuclear submarine, military helicopter, icebreaker and snowmobile, the filmmakers endured piercing polar winters and the dangerous summer "melt" to record what may be the dying days of Earth's frozen regions.

Frozen Planet has seven sections:



Pole to Pole
Spring: Life Wakes Up
Summer: Life Multiplies
Autumn: Life Retreats
Winter: Life Closes Down
On Thin Ice
Tales from the Poles

It follows four polar residents that reveal the health of the planet and what the future may hold: the polar bear and arctic fox in the north; the Adelie penguin and wandering albatross in the south. "Behind the scenes" segments describe the making of the TV series.

Some of the fascinating stories are:



Icebergs the size of New York skyscrapers
The first record of killer whales hunting in packs
80,000 smelly macaroni penguins on Bird Island
A very rare blond fur seal pup
Satellite tagged wandering albatrosses raising their chicks
King penguins catching a wave
A lone white wolf eyeing a photographer
Grass-eating polar bears
The creeping glaciers of Svalbard
Adelie penguin chicks learning to swim
Killer whales using their tails to wash seals off ice flows
Canada's Barrenlands coming to life in the spring
A polar bear stalking a film crew
Scuba diving with beluga whales in the Russian Arctic
The elusive Greenland shark

Sales of the companion book to the Blue Planet television series topped 6 million dollars. Frozen Planet promises to be an equal or greater success. The important topic, the expected demand from Discovery Channel viewers and an excellent price make it an essential purchase.
ISBN:
9781554079919
9781554079919
Category:
Photographs: collections
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
13-10-2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
Firefly Books
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
312
Dimensions (mm):
279x259x23mm
Weight:
1.72kg
Alastair Fothergill

Alastair Fothergill was the executive producer of The Hunt. Previous to that, he was the executive producer of Frozen Planet for the BBC – a series he conceived following the success of Planet Earth, which he produced. Director of the associated feature film Earth, he has also co-directed four feature films for Disney.

Alastair studied zoology at the University of Durham, joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983 and was appointed head of the NHU in 1992. During his tenure, he produced the award-winning series on the Antarctic, Life in the Freezer. In 1998, he stood down to concentrate on producing the hugely successful The Blue Planet.

In 2012 he co-founded the independent production company Silverback Films, which produced The Hunt for the BBC. Alastair is the author of four books.

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