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The Life Of Earth
Talesmith explores the history of Earth in stellar documentary for Zee Entertainment and Smithsonian Networks International. This spectacular film delves into the planet’s extraordinary 4.5 billion year old history as never seen before, from the unique vantage point of space.
History, Science

This was a world-first collaboration between Talesmith, Zee Entertainment and the Smithsonian Channel, as Zee Entertainment branched into the blue-chip Specialist Factual genre. Harnessing Talesmith’s expertise in producing visually stunning and captivating storytelling, this ambitious film merges the latest scientific discoveries with human relevance, 4k cinematography, and world-class CGI. It explores three main themes; the origins and evolution of Earth, the life it harbours and the ‘Anthropocene’ (the modern age). The incredible journey is full of surprise and wonder - from the moon’s influence imprinted within our DNA, the dust storms that shape weather, and of course the surprising ways humanity has influenced the planet in the last few million years.

The past is brought to life through the combination of incredible footage and cutting-edge CGI, ranging from thermal imaging of the first humans crossing the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia, to views from the International Space Station, which have been transformed to show Earth as it would have been seen thousands of years ago during the Ice Age.

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Behind the scenes
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  • This ambitious series worked in close collaboration with the world-leading experts of the Smithsonian's acclaimed institutions. The pioneering visual approach real world-data with historic storytelling
  • Satellite imagery from multiple wavelengths was sourced from space agencies all around the world
  • Datasets and historic collections assembled by university resesarchers were also vital to the CGI process
  • The CGI visualisations had to feel dynamic as well as real, creating movement and drift akin to the space station
  • Scientists were involved in building every image, from reconstructing the first civilisations to the spread of humans across the planet, to the visual impact of humans today

Executive Producer: Martin Williams
Showrunner: Ruth Roberts
Director: Luke Wiles  
Edit Producer: Pete Chinn
Editors: Peter Miller, Dan McDonald, Dominic Lester
Assistant Producers: Emma Houghton-Brown, Dom Walter
Directors of Photography: Brendan McGinty, Chris Openshaw
Production Managers: Katie Harmsworth, Fiona McDonald

Our planet's 4.5 billion year life story...from space