The BBC Natural History Unit will collaborate with Emmy award-winning Chilean cinematographer, Christian Muñoz-Donoso, to film a new series dedicated to Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia.
The series aims to show the ecological and cultural diversity of Patagonia, with filming spanning the entire region from the glacial coast of Chile, the Argentinian desert pampas and the volcanic spine of the Andes which towers over tower over the landscapes of Chilean Patagonia.
Orcas, blue whales and pumas will be amongst the stars of the series, the latter having already featured in BBC’s ground-breaking Planet Earth in 2006, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The Planet Earth series reveals a rare sighting of a family of Patagonian pumas tracking
their prime victim of prey: the guanaco.
With its abundance of wild guanaco,Torres del Paine National Park provides an excellent nutritional home for the New world’s second biggest cat. This, alongside the expanse and ecological diversity of the region, which is home to more than half a million acres of mountains, valleys and lakes, is the reason behind the area’s thriving puma population, which is roughly estimated to be between 50 and 100. Nobody actually knows the exact Torres del Paine NP puma population size!
Whilst land-clearing, forestry, agriculture and growing numbers of estancias (domestic sheep farms) have altered and fragmented puma habitats across the Americas, the Torres del Paine National Park, as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve
, aims to preserve the natural ecosystems of the area. Patagonian pumas are thus protected by Chilean law.
It is not surprising, then, that the BBC film crew have chosen to begin shooting at Torres del Paine National Park, one of the few places in the Americas where you stand a good chance of spotting this elusive ‘big cat’. It is even less surprising, that the film crew have chosen our award-winning EcoCamp Patagonia, with its optimal location at the feet of the Torres del Paine
, as their base during filming.
Torres del Paine film shooting will begin in May 2014, a prime time of the year to see cubs born in December on their first outings with their mothers.
Behind the cutting-edge project, is Tuppence Stone
, an adventurous Award Winning Series Producer/Director of BBC Earth, and a mother of three. Inspired by the works of Sir David Attenborough from an early age, Tuppence directed her first film for the BBC and the Royal Geographic Society aged 21, when she led a filming expedition to Robinson Crusoe Island, in search of endangered hummingbirds. Her experiences during the production of BBC’s Human Planet crystallised her passion for nature and cultures and inspired her personal ethos: to understand the way other people view and experience the world.
She will work alongside award-winning Chilean filmmaker and cinematographer, Christian Muñoz-Donoso
. Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, Christian fell in love with wildlife documentaries from a young age. He was also greatly inspired by Sir David Attenborough, whose 1979 series, Life on Earth, sealed his fate as a wildlife filmmaker. At the heart of Christian’s work, is a desire to capture the natural beauty of the earth, which he consistently achieves due to his attention to detail and his talent for capturing the dramatic. Examples of this can be found in his four-time Emmy-winning production: Christian Muñoz-Donoso’s Wild View
(2011), his latest wildlife series: Wild Expectations
and in our very own puma tracking video, where we had the honour of working with the cinematographic genius.
EcoCamp Patagonia is proud to play host to such a talented team of researchers and creators and are greatly looking forward to seeing what they will bring to our screens.
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