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Dallas — By Tui Cameron on June 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm
Filed under: documentary, nature, orchestra, world premiere

Planet Earth Live – World Premiere with Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The awe-inspiring aurora borealis in Alaska.

Brilliant hues of the aurora borealis fill the Alaskan sky.

This weekend, the Meyerson Symphony Center presents the world premiere of  Planet Earth Live with George Fenton conducting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Planet Earth Live is a 90 minute adaptation of the original 11 part nature series Planet Earth. This highly-acclaimed documentary series won several awards, including a few emmys. It first aired in Britain in 2006, and is the most expensive nature film ever produced by the BBC, taking a good 5 years to make. At the insistence of its co-producers, which include the Discovery Channel, it was filmed in high definition (HD).

The film explores our Earthly habitats in previously unattained detail, taking the viewer on a journey through mountains, fresh water, oceans, caves, jungles, forests and seas. The filmmakers sought out rare creatures, exotic terrain, and the most unique situations they could find, such as: camels eating snow in the Gobi desert, a piranha feeding frenzy filmed smack dab in the middle of the ravenous fish, and the highest footage ever shot of Mount Everest.

Much of Planet Earth’s success is due to its creative cinematography. The filmmakers pushed the envelope for nature films by using techniques and equipment that had previously only been used for Hollywood action films, such as a special camera mounted to the belly of a helicopter. The camera is then steadied with a gyroscope, and controlled by joystick from within the vehicle.

None of the HD cameras used were field-tested, and our planet’s extreme conditions really put the equipment to the test. The crew had to learn and adapt as they went along. Much to their delight, it turns out that HD cameras are extremely light sensitive, enabling them to capture footage in the deep dark jungle.

Planet Earth also benefits greatly from an original score by award-winning composer, George Fenton, who has not only created music for several nature films, but has also scored dozens of movies, from Ghandi to Bewitched. For a little taste of the show, check out the preview video at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra website.

What: Planet Earth Live – with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
When: 7:30 p.m. June 25th, 2010 and June 26th, 2010
Where: Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201 (map)
Price: $35 – $85
More information: Visit the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
official website.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Christina Uticone. Check out her stunning Aurora Borealis photo feature.

Tags: documentary, nature, orchestra, world premiere

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