Smithsonian, Earth Touch unite for “Blood River”

Producers of the one-off natural history special will capture the wildebeest migration in Africa's Serengeti National Park using remote mini-drones and super slow-motion cameras.
March 29, 2012

Smithsonian Channel in the United States and wildlife producer Earth Touch USA have partnered to coproduce a natural history special about Africa’s largest migration.

Blood River (1 x 50-minutes, HD) will be produced out of Earth Touch’s office in Durban, South Africa, and follow herds of migrating wildebeest in the Serengeti National Park as they make a treacherous and muddy trip along Tanzania’s Mara River. In a statement, Smithsonian EVP of programming David Royle likened the epic scope of the project to “one of the final battles in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.”

Producers promise to put a fresh visual spin on the material by using aerials shot by remote mini-drones and super slow-motion cameras, for example.

Earth Touch and Smithsonian Channel have previously collaborated on specials Death Beach, Venom Island and the three-part series Speed Kills.

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