UK net Sky 3D has commissioned Oxford Scientific Films to produce Pandas 3D (working title), a doc on endangered giant pandas living in a nature reserve in China.
The London-based prodco will team up with the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association and the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda on the one-hour natural history feature film.
Pandas 3D will feature access to the Wolong National Nature Reserve, where giant pandas receive ‘wild training,’ to restore their ability to return to the wild, and where a natural breeding program is being conducted.
The doc will be directed by Nicolas Brown (Human Planet) and produced by Caroline Hawkins (Meerkats 3D), with Oxford Scientific Films’ Jeremy Bradshaw and Clare Birks, and Sky’s Chris Wilson serving as executive producers.
“The Giant Panda is one of the most adored species on the planet but it is also one of the most misunderstood; with some suggesting that it is not worth saving from extinction,” said Caroline Hawkins, creative director at Oxford Scientific Films.
“This film gives us the opportunity to show the advances the Chinese have made in understanding panda reproduction and the great progress they are making towards restoring populations in the wild. The fact that we are able to get unrestricted access to pandas in China and in 3D makes this film an exciting first.”