• 03.15.12

“Frozen Planet”: How They Got Those Jaw-Dropping Shots

Four years in the making, the Discovery Channel/BBC co-production Frozen Planet ranks among the channels’ most ambitious undertakings. Here, producers walk us through the making of the series and how they captured those unbelievable scenes.

The folks who brought you Planet Earth return March 18 with the Discovery Channel/BBC co-production Frozen Planet, a seven-episode series (and book) on the world’s polar regions, narrated by Alec Baldwin and Sir David Attenborough.


Some 50 crews spent four years, from 2008-2011, in brutal, sometimes life-threatening conditions to gather never-before-seen footage of wildlife and ecosystems in the Arctic and Antarctic–from the birth of an iceberg bigger than the world’s largest building to a caterpillar with antifreeze in its veins.

In the above slides, executive producer Alastair Fothergill and series producer Vanessa Berlowitz take us on a visual tour of some of the series’ mind-blowing shots.

About the author

Susan Karlin is an award-winning journalist in Los Angeles, covering the nexus of science, technology, and arts, with a fondness for sci-fi and comics. She's a regular contributor to Fast Company, NPR, and IEEE Spectrum, and has written for Newsweek, Forbes, Wired, Scientific American, Discover, NY and London Times, and BBC Radio.