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Mark grew up in what he thinks is the most wild and beautiful part of the world and, when he was small, he made a big wish… The place was Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales, England (which gave him an abiding love of nature, landscape and lively human communities), and his big wish was for 'an adventure'. Human Planet combines them all.
He has spent two decades filming and travelling all round the world, working on a huge variety of TV projects, starting out with David Attenborough's Private Life of Plants, before moving on to write, direct and produce his own films for strands Wildlife on One and Natural World. Human Planet is the culmination of all of his experience.
Favourite moment filming at the NHU: Climbing and filming from a giant redwood in California - we were 80 metres up, you could hardly see the ground below and the girth of the tree was still wider then both my arms spread out Being up a rainforest platform In Peru above the mud cliffs where hundreds of macaws and parrots fly in to eat the clay - an eagle eye view of one of the most technicolour sights in the Amazon rainforest Waking up at dawn in the freezing cold at the very edge of the high Andes - the point where can you can look out and down to the endless plain of the Amazon basin below you - we followed the Amazon river from the moors to where it is born to the great rainforest and I loved every step of the journey.
Favourite moment filming for Human Planet; Flying over the Burj Al Arab in the Sheik's helicopter at dawn, when we flew over the antenna at the very tip of the giant needle like building in the helicipter, my stomach lurched I couldn't bleive how high we were, the building is like something from a science fiction movie - and it's quite something to fly closely over it's very tip - wakes you up and makes you feel alive and very lucky Looking down the monitor when Sam Niang was on the wire and knowing we had a take Filming the shot of him on the wire from the helictopter and knowing we had an amazing shot Laughing with the chlidren in Meghalaya