Bongoman

 Paul Olding

 

 

 

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Winner 2008

Best Cinematography

 

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Nominated 2008

Specialist Factual

 

 

Goethe Institut

Science Film Festival

Bangkok

 

Visual Effects Award

2008

 

 

 

 

 

Shot in Hi Definition, from the most extreme locations on the planet,

telling the greatest story on Earth and presented by Dr Iain Stewart.

 

The series takes us from the Heat within that drives the planet, to the power

of the Oceans, Ice, the Atmosphere and the rarity of Earth.

 

The first episode is called Volcano and is all about the power within the planet, driven by the primordial force of Earth’s inner Heat. We see this heat as volcanoes, but we also witness its power in the movement of the continents, in the rising of the mountains, and the extraordinary ability to keep our planet at just the right temperature for billions of years.

 

We travelled to the Afar region of Ethiopia to see the unique lava lake of Erte Ale. To Iceland to enjoy the thermal springs, to walk along the edge of North American continent, to dive in the Silfra Crack, the gap between America and Europe. To New Zealand to see the southern Alps created by the collision of tectonic plates, and to the North island to Rotarua, to get some idea of what our planet might have been like when life first began. To Namibia to see the effect of volcanic action which saved the planet from an eternity as an ice planet nicknamed Snowball Earth. To Australia to see the Ediacara, the first multicelled animals, which only came about after Snowball Earth. And to Mt Etna in Sicily and Stromboli, two of the most active volcanoes in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

What People Said

 

“…by far the best programme about volcanoes that’s ever been made…”

 

“…an inspirational series…”

 

“…utterly beautiful to look at, full of amazing information and totally compelling…”

 

“…at first I thought ‘here we go again’, but we didn’t. We went on a clear, exciting, brilliantly filmed and edited journey…”

 

“…Thought the programme was fantastic…I learned so much from it…”

 

“…I thought I knew everything there was to know about our planet but this programme proved me wrong…”

 

“…This was an absolute feast…”

 

 

 

 

Watch Some Clips

 

Abseil into the Lava Lake

 

Volcanoes and the Birth of Life

 

 

 

 

Photo Album

 

Erte Ale Volcano, Afar Region, Ethiopia

 

 

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Iain with the lava lake

 

 

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The giant ex-Russian Chopper

 

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Paul and Iain trying not to suffocate

 

 

 

 

 

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We prepare to abseil into the live volcano

 

 

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Soundman Adam getting ready

 

 

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John sorting out Safety

 

 

 

 

 

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Shin protection with shin pads

 

 

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Surviving on the Volcano

 

 

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Flying in

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Setting up the Jib

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Classic Sunset

 

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Iain getting ready for filming

 

 

 

 

 

Iceland

 

 

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At the Blue Lagoon

 

 

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Getting the aerial footage

 

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Iain and Paul on the glacier

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Preparing to dive the Silfa Crack

 

 

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Preparing the Jib to film a Geysir erupting

 

 

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Filming a timelapse on the Ice

 

 

Namibia

 

 

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Setting up camp

 

 

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Fixing a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere

 

 

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Filming aerials across the desert

 

 

 

New Zealand

 

 

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Filming aerials

(we are in a chopper about 2m above the river)

 

 

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Our chopper, flown by the guy that

dropped off Gandalf

 

 

 

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Filming at Hell’s Gate in Rotarua

 

 

Mt Etna, Sicily

 

 

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Iain with a destroyed house

 

 

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Filming Etna

 

 

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Iain’s favourite place (apparently)

 

 

 

 

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All Images copyright Paul Olding 2006 or BBC