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Wildlife on One (1977 - 2005): In-Flight Movie  (1987)

Alan Hayward filming an imprinted pigeon for 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.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Field Assistant: Nigel Marven
Film Editor: Charles Aldridge
Narrator: David Attenborough
Photography: Alan Hayward
Photography: Owen Newman
Photography: Mike Richards
Presenter: David Attenborough
Producer: John Downer
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Production Secretary: Ruth Flowers
Series Producer: Dilys Breese
Sound: Peter Hicks
Sound: John Haley
Writer: John Downer

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Nigel Marven and Alan Hayward prepare to film starling flying for In-Flight Movie
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Alan Hayward filming an imprinted pigeon for In-Flight Movie
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