BBC crew reveal audio trickery behind new nature series

The UK’s reports that to viewers of The Hunt, the BBC’s new natural history series, the crunch of polar bear paw onto virgin Arctic snow will come through crystal clear. But a crew member from the corporation’s landmark new programme has disclosed that filmmakers had to resort to audio trickery to capture the sounds of the show’s fearsome animals.

Kate Hopkins, a sound engineer on the series, which features narration by Sir David Attenborough, revealed that the corporation had to hire a special sound expert to artificially recreate the noises created by predators such as polar bears, tigers and falcons.

Tricks include snapping sticks of celery, to replicate the crunch of bones as an animal munches on its prey, and slowly peeling an orange close to a microphone, which provides a gruesomely accurate impression of a predator tearing flesh from the carcass of its unfortunate victim.


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