David Attenborough (born 8 May 1926) is an English broadcaster and naturalist. His career is known for having hosted programs on natural history for the past 60 years. He is best known for writing and presenting a series of nine films about natural life in collaboration with the BBC's Natural History department, a series that brings together many studies of species life on our planet. He is also a longtime manager at BBC, having worked as a host for BBC Two, a program director for BBC Television in the 60s and 70s. He is the only person to have won the BAFTA award. British Academy of Film and Television Arts) in black and white, color film, HD and 3D.
In the UK, Attenborough is known as a "national treasure", although he himself does not like to be called by that name. In 2002, he was named among the 100 Greatest Britons in an extensive vote. His brother is Richard Attenborough, a director, actor, and producer.
Beginning with the 1979 "Life on Earth" series, Attenborough shaped a workflow that would later become a benchmark of quality for wildlife programming that influenced the a later generation of documentary filmmakers. The series also establishes a position for the BBC in natural history film production. By seriously studying the film's themes and the latest findings, Attenborough has earned the trust of scientists, who have allowed him to use his research projects in programs. For example, he and his crew were given access to and filmed a group of gorillas as part of Dr. Dian Fossey's research. Innovation was another factor in the success of the "Life on Earth" series: new filmmaking techniques were invented to capture Attenborough's intended shots, and focus on events and animals. never been recorded before.
The success of the "Life on Earth" series prompted the BBC to consider producing further series, which resulted five years after "The Living Planet" was released. This time, Attenborough made a film about ecology, the adaptation of living things to their environment. And the film was once again received positively by the public. In 1990, "The Trials of Life" was released, completing a trilogy of Life series, which deal with animal behavior through stages of development. The film has attracted strong audience interest through impressive images, capturing killer whales hunting sea lions off the coast of Patagonia, and a herd of chimpanzees catching and eating a macaque. long.
In the 90s, Attenborough continued to make documentaries about Life and were very successful. In 1993, he introduced the series "Life in the Freezer", the first documentary to study the natural history of Antarctica. Although he is now past retirement age, he is still working on his next projects, starting with Plants. The result was "The Private Life of Plants" released in 1995, which captures the images of plants as very dynamic creatures, this is the result of the effect of time shrinking by speeding up the film. .
With the enthusiastic support of an ornithologist in the BBC Natural History department, Attenborough turned his attention to the animal kingdom, specifically birds. Since he is not an expert or a bird watcher, he thought he would be a good fit to make the series "The Life of Birds" (1998) with the theme of their behavior. The series won a Peabody Award. Developments in the cinematography industry have spurred the making of sequels to the "Life" series. In "The Life of Mammals" (2002), night cameras and infrared cameras were used to record the behavior of certain nocturnal animals. The series features many memorable scenes between Attenborough and the creatures he filmed with, including chimpanzees, blue whales and grizzly bears. Advances in magnified cinematography allowed him and his crew to capture the natural behaviors of very small creatures for the first time, and in 2005 the "Life in the Undergrowth" series was released to the public. them, taking the audience to the realm of invertebrates.
Attenborough later realized that he had spent 20 years working on a collection of shows on most of the major groups of animals and plants, with only reptiles and amphibians missing. Then he started working on the series "Life in cold Blood", which was released in 2008, which fulfilled his wish.