'How Earth Made Us' Cool Visual Trick: 'SUPER Aerial Pull out'

Reposted from www.IronAmmonite.com

My episode 'Wind' is broadcast tonight. To celebrate I thought I'd share a visual trick that we're all very proud of...

Super Aerial Pull-Out: From presenter to entire continent
7 steps to creating a COOL Visual Trick - as seen in tonights 'How Earth Made Us: WIND'

Step 1. WATCH: How Earth Made Us 'Wind' - BBC 2, 21:00
With spectacular images, surprising stories and a compelling narrative, Professor Iain Stewart tells the epic story of how the planet has shaped human history. In this episode Iain sets sail on one of the fastest racing boats ever built to explore the story of our turbulent relationship with the wind. Travelling to iconic locations including the Sahara desert, the coast of West Africa and the South Pacific, Iain discovers how people have exploited the power of the wind for thousands of years. The wind is a force which at first sight appears chaotic. But the patterns that lie within the atmosphere have shaped the destiny of continents, and lie at the heart of some of the greatest turning points in human history.

Alternatively you can watch this clip from about one minute in...

Once you've recovered from the exhiliration continue with step 2...

2. Fly somewhere really awesome with a Cineflex - a gyro-stabalised camera-mount.

3. Fly upwards as smoothly as possible above your presenter

4. Find a series of free-to-use high resolution sattelite images from Nasa which focus on your location.
You can try The Modis Rapid Response Gallery or Blue Marble you can also try the Earth Science Data Interface

5. Hire a talented graphics company such as Prime Focus to seamlessly mix the Cineflex aerials with the Sattelite images.

6. Add a drum beat to help get the heart pumping and the adrenalin rushing.

7. Take to a party and impress your friends ;-)

I think it really places our presenter in a unique geographical context.

'How Earth Made Us' Most Viewed Science Prog for 4 Years

The first two episodes have been the most watched Science programmes for over four years. An audience of over 3.5 million and AIs of 88.

Watch again on iPlayer

"Stewart has found a way to take the gritty business of rocks, strata and tectonic plates and smelt it into big, enthralling ideas" (Radio Times)

"an all-action narrative" (Sunday Times)

It's enough to make you quake. (Times)

This new addition to the genre may be the best yet (WESTERN MAIL)

The most informative series he has ever made....Travelling to many of the geological wonders of the world. (Times Scotland)

A stunning new series about our planet (Evening herald)

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