National Geographic’s new six-part series, Hostile Planet focuses on how predator and prey struggles to survive in Earth’s rapidly changing extreme environments. Hostile Planet is an unvarnished depiction of the animals’ struggle to survive on an ever more relentless planet. The team has also been to the mountains of Telemark and the Reisa Fjord in Tromsø to perpetuate Norwegian fauna.
“It’s an honest account of what’s going on today,” says the series creator, Tom High-Jones. It has taken months of preparation followed by weeks of tracking various species to capture the perfect unexpected shots. Out of 1,800 hours of footage comes six segments focusing on distinctive biome: mountains, oceans, grassland, jungles, deserts and polar.
Hostile Planet is executive produced by Academy Award-winning cinematographer and director Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Emmy-nominated producer Martha Holmes (The Blue Planet) and Emmy Award-winning Tom Hugh-Jones (Planet Earth II).
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The series draws attention to the most extraordinary – almost supernatural – accounts of animals that have conformed to the cruelest evolutionary curveballs. “Norway was my absolute favorite part of these recordings,” says Navarro to the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten after having filmed eagles and orcas respectively on his trip to Norway.
“The visual language is now what takes over. The old traditional way was pretty much a voiceover being illustrated with images. This is a much more immersive experience,” says Guillermo Navarro.
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Hostile Planet Production Credits
Hostile Planet is produced by Plimsoll Productions for National Geographic. For Plimsoll Productions, executive producers include Grant Mansfield, Andrew Jackson, Martha Holmes, Bear Grylls, Delbert Shoopman and Tom Hugh-Jones, who also serves as showrunner. Guillermo Navarro is executive producer. For National Geographic, Kevin Tao Mohs is executive producer. Geoff Daniels is executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment for National Geographic Channels.
Feature image (on top): Mother polar bear, desperate for food
TV Documentary on Earth’s Climate Change Visits Norway, written by Tor Kjolberg