The BBC’s Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough has employed virtual production technologies and new visual effects to reveal what happened on the last day of the Cretaceous Period.
The show’s producers used the 25.5 x 5m curved screen at MARS’ London facility to recreate the background, and dressed the foreground with trees and plants, sand and rocks.
A single camera with a tracking device was then linked to the screen images so when the camera moved, the elements on screen would move too, creating a parallax – which gives the viewer a realistic point of view.
Helen Thomas, senior executive producer at BBC Studios Science Unit, said: “The incredible scientific finds in the documentary are front and centre, but we also have tried make the visuals and sound as accurate as possible using the latest palaeontological discoveries and production technology. To have both these elements in one film gives the audience a front row seat for the catastrophic events of 66 million years ago.”
Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough is available on BBC iPlayer.