Electric Sky Productions and BTV Post are winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award for Documentary with The Secret Life of the Rainforest, 2012 International 3D Society Lumiere ™ Award-Europe. The one off special was produced for SKY HD/SKY 3D and Smithsonian Networks.
Secrets of the Rainforest uncovers the unique environment of Barro Colorado Island in intricate detail. Travelling from the canopy to the forest floor, our 2D/3D film peels back the beauty of the forest layer by layer. Our cameras deliver breathtaking visuals, swinging through the treetops of the canopy layer, or exploring the macroscopic details of the smallest bugs and creepy crawlies that keep this extraordinary ecosystem ticking along – for the first time in 3D. The editorial narrative links the work of the scientists together to reveal hidden details of rainforest plants and animals. As well being captivated by the stunning images we learn something new about this unique habitat – something which, by its very nature, filming in 3D helps us understand better. The purpose of this film is to unveil scenes of both large and small animals that a casual visitor might miss: Leaf-cutter ants slicing through canopy leaves and carrying them into their nests where they use them as fertiliser in the subterranean gardens of fungi.
Producer/Director Julian Thomas; Editor Sean Woolgar; Technical Director; Jon Lee (BTV Post)
Executive Producers Electric Sky Andy Webb and David Pounds; Smithsonian Networks – Charles Poe and David Royle; BSkyB – Benedetta Pinelli.