Nat Geo Wild Presents “Wild Yellowstone”
NAT GEO WILD PRESENTS WILD YELLOWSTONE, A JACKSON HOLE FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNER FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AND BEST EDITING
The two-hour event premiered Sunday, December 6 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD, kicking off Yearlong National Parks Celebration.
A Jackson Hole Film Festival Award winner for Best Cinematography and Best Editing, Wild Yellowstone presents one of our country’s greatest national parks as it has never been seen before. Two years in the making, the filmmakers at Brain Farm apply their innovative action sports cinematography to the natural history genre, pushing boundaries with cutting-edge camera stabilization, drone, time-lapse and infrared technologies. The result is an all-access look at Yellowstone’s stunning animals and vistas. This is natural history 2.0.
“The Brain Farm production team has revolutionized the face of action sports filmmaking, and now they are turning to wildlife to do the same,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager, Nat Geo WILD. “I knew their ambition would match ours when it came to capturing Yellowstone in all its natural beauty and brutality, in a new and refreshing way. These guys live for the challenge of getting the shot that others think is unattainable, in locations few dare to go.”
Wild Yellowstone kicks off a cross-network celebration of the centennial of America’s national parks, which will continue on sister network National Geographic Channel with eight hours of premiere park programming throughout 2016.
Wild Yellowstone employs a contemporary shooting and editing style that combines the highest production values in blue-chip natural history with cutting-edge technology and a fresh, contemporary score. Cinematographers were encouraged to take the camera off the tripod and look for new and unexpected camera angles to reveal a more immersive side of nature than we’ve ever seen before.
The Wild Yellowstone team camped out for a year capturing a cauldron of gripping animal dramas. The two-hour event includes a visit in summer and in freezing winter, an extraordinary world of fire and ice, ever-changing and always testing its animal inhabitants.
In summer, Yellowstone explodes with new life as elk, bison, birds and fish time the arrival of their newborns with the warming and blooming of the terrain. Meanwhile, the wolves, grizzlies and cougars grow eager for the easy protein that summer provides. But Yellowstone doesn’t give up its riches that easily. It has a cruel dark side. From torrential floods in June to burning temperatures in August, Yellowstone’s summers are nothing to take lightly.
Summer is also the time when Yellowstone’s animals battle against each other to claim feeding sites, territories and mates, and to defend their offspring. Grizzly bears fight wolves over meals. Trout on their way to spawn run into deadly gauntlets of river otters, and bison bulls fight feverishly with every ounce of their one-ton frames. Even Yellowstone’s smallest bird, the hummingbird, goes to battle; with wings beating 200 times per second, they fight each other in midair to protect territories of wildflowers.
Everything changes as Yellowstone’s ferocious winter arrives. Now every animal’s story turns to one of endurance in the face of the coldest of temperatures — dropping to minus 60 degrees with snow piling 30 feet deep. Every animal needs its own strategy to survive these brutal conditions. A young wolf pack must learn to work as a team. A red fox searches for voles, using only its sense of hearing to pinpoint their location deep under the snow. A river otter needs to find waterways with trout — that won’t freeze solid during the winter. Any animal that doesn’t meet the challenges of Yellowstone’s winter head-on will not live to see the spring.
Wild Yellowstone is produced by Brain Farm for Nat Geo WILD. Brain Farm executive producers are Curt Morgan, Chad Jackson and Karen Bass. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin, senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering, and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.
About Nat Geo WILD
Experience the best, most intimate encounters with wildlife ever seen on television. Backed by its unparalleled reputation for quality and blue-chip programming, Nat Geo WILD is dedicated to providing a unique insight into the natural world, and the amazing creatures that inhabit it. From the most remote environments, to the forbidding depths of our oceans, to the protected parks on our doorsteps, Nat Geo WILD will use spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild world. Launched in 2006, Nat Geo WILD is part of National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) and is available in more than 90 countries and 100 million homes. Nat Geo WILD HD launched in the U.K. in March 2009, and is also available in Greece, Latin America, Poland, Spain and Russia. Further expansion is expected globally. For more information, please visit www.natgeotv.com.
About Brain Farm
Brain Farm, an Emmy Award winning production studio, is one of the most sought-after content creators in entertainment. Built on a reputation of delivering the highest quality and commercially successful action, adventure, nature and lifestyle productions, Brain Farm’s work spans across commercial, film, television, and digital entertainment. Brain Farm’s headquarters are in Jackson, Wyo. and has creative teams from Los Angeles to the UK. For more information on Brain Farm, please visit www.brainfarmcinema.com.