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Life in the Freezer: The Bountiful Sea  (1993)

The biggest of any seabird chick

In the depths of the Antarctic, naturalist, leading conservationist and world-famous wildlife presenter David Attenborough introduces this award-winning series, Life in the Freezer. Equipped with boats, diving apparatus, suspended capsules and remote-controlled cameras a BBC crew spent three years filming seasonal changes in this highly challenging environment.

As the continent effectively doubles its size in winter, stunning cinematography provides an incredible insight into the creatures that make their home in this harsh and hostile land. Albatrosses soar through the sky using their impressive wingspan, giant petrels scavenge on dead penguin chicks and humpback whales work together, trapping krill in an elaborate wall of bubbles.

Capturing the stark beauty of this forbidding land and the surprisingly rich animal population of its surrounding seas, the BBC enlisted the talents of world-renowned wildlife cinematographers, including award-winning photographers Hugh Miles, Simon King and Doug Allan.

An intriguing and comprehensive account of the extreme changes this massive landmass undergoes each year, The Bountiful Sea is the first of six episodes in this hugely popular series, and provides an unrivalled glimpse into life ‘in the freezer’.

Life in the Freezer won the 1994 Wildscreen Festival Best Series award.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Associated Broadcaster: National Geographic Television & Film
Associated Broadcaster: Lionheart Television International, Inc.
Camera: Doug Allan
Camera: Mike Richards
Camera: Paul Atkins
Camera: Simon King
Camera: Hugh Maynard
Camera: Peter Scoones
Camera: Ian McCarthy
Camera: Hugh Miles
Camera: Stephen de Vere
Camera: John Tolson
Camera: Mike deGruy
Dubbing Editor: Angela Groves
Dubbing Mixer: Peter Hicks
Dubbing Mixer: Peter Davies
Field Assistant: Ben Osborne
Film Editor: Martin Elsbury
Graphic Design: James Hall
Logistics: David Rootes
Music: George Fenton
Presenter: David Attenborough
Producer: Alastair Fothergill
Production: Martha Holmes
Production: Peter Bassett
Production: Ned Kelly
Production: Lance Tickell
Production Assistance: Television New Zealand - Natural History Unit (TVNZ)
Production Assistant: Ruth Flowers
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Sound Recording: Trevor Gosling
Sound Recording: Errol Samuelson

Related links

Life in the Freezer: The Big Freeze (1993)
Hugh Miles
Simon King
Doug Allan
David Attenborough
Clips
The biggest of any seabird chick
The biggest of any seabird chick
Gorging on krill
Gorging on krill
The loneliest and coldest place on Earth
The loneliest and coldest place on Earth
Stills
Doug Allan and underwater film crew preparing to dive beneath sea for Life in the Freezer
Doug Allan and underwater film crew preparing...
Hugh Miles with camera while filming from a boat for Life in the Freezer
Hugh Miles with camera while filming from...
Hugh Miles filming moulting chinstrap penguins for Life in the Freezer
Hugh Miles filming moulting chinstrap penguins...
Filming David Attenborough in a macaroni penguin colony using a jib arm for Life in the Freezer
Filming David Attenborough in a macaroni...
Ian McCarthy filming gentoo penguins using a periscope lens for Life in the Freezer
Ian McCarthy filming gentoo penguins using...
David Attenborough in a macaroni penguin colony during filming for Life in the Freezer
David Attenborough in a macaroni penguin...
Doug Allan filming king penguin rookery for Life in the Freezer
Doug Allan filming king penguin rookery for...
Doug Allan being lowered down a crevasse on location for Life in the Freezer
Doug Allan being lowered down a crevasse...
Sync crew using jib arm to film David Attenborough for Life in the Freezer
Sync crew using jib arm to film David Attenborough...
Monitoring a remote underwater camera (in water behind diver) for Life in the Freezer
Monitoring a remote underwater camera (in...
Mike Richards filming king penguins while being watched by an elephant seal during filming for Life in the Freezer
Mike Richards filming king penguins while...