Wildlife on One (1977 - 2005): In-Flight Movie
A pioneering piece of wildlife filmmaking, In-Flight Movie provides a truly insightful investigation into the extraordinary world of ornithological flight. Widely acclaimed for its groundbreaking camera work, this production won at the New York International Film and TV Festival, and a special award at Wildscreen 1988.
Skillfully demonstrating flight for a number of bird species, memorable sequences include flitting from hedge to hedge with a starling and joining a flock of geese flying in formation, high amongst the clouds.
Award-winning cameraman John Downer employs a number of innovative filming techniques to bring this fascinating and complex subject to the small screen. Stripping down a camera and attaching it to a trained bird, he conveys what it is like to be a buzzard zooming through the skies. Also establishing the use of model helicopters as flying camera mounts, he captures breathtaking images that, together with an informative commentary from David Attenborough, give a unique insight into avian flight, demonstrating how a bird's evolutionary design is optimally adapted to a life on the wing.
Have you ever wanted to fly like a bird? This programme enables us to fly in the clouds with a flock of geese, to look over the shoulder of a zooming buzzard or hedge hop with speeding starling. It also shows how a bird's design is shaped to the life it leads- in flight.