Smithsonian Channel(TM) and Skyworks to Produce Biggest Aerial Series in TV History
Fifty US States to be filmed in HD “Bird’s Eye View”
The channel is co-producing Aerial America with Skyworks, one of the world’s top high definition aerial filming specialists, to profile the
Aerial America will capture the wonders of the entire country as never seen before: Swoop over California’s Hearst Castle, around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Watch bears catching salmon in Alaska’s rivers, surge over a mountain ridge and see one of the largest volcanoes on the North American continent. Covering every state in the union, Aerial America will also reveal fascinating stories seen in a whole new way from the air. Follow Bonnie and Clyde’s escape route through the Ozarks of
Principal photography will be shot in a Smithsonian Channel-branded helicopter equipped with a gyro-stabilized Cineflex HD camera system, the same rigging used for “Planet Earth”. The helicopter crew will criss-cross the nation on an epic journey, spending about 6 months airborne. By the end of their journey they will cover approximately 60,000 total miles, a distance comparable to two and a half trips around the planet.
“This show represents the biggest aerial series ever attempted and the most ambitious project the channel has produced. We are embarking on a voyage of discovery and revelation, and who better to show America our nation in a new way than Smithsonian Networks. Skyworks is a perfect partner for us on this,” said
Aerial America is directed and produced by
Smithsonian Networks programming celebrates the American experience with branded original content drawn largely from the assets of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex and features original documentaries, short-subject explorations and innovative and groundbreaking programs highlighting America’s historical, cultural and scientific heritage.
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Skyworks is a UK based independent production company that has produced well over 100 factual programmes for international broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Discovery and the Smithsonian Network.
In the UK, Skyworks is best known for its Wainwright Walks programmes for BBC2 and Railway Walks for BBC4, as well as numerous regional productions for ITV. Skyworks’ imagery has been used in many well-known productions, such as Simon Schama’s History of
Skyworks specialises in aerial filming in HD, and is a world leader in the production and supply of top-end aerial footage and operates the world’s largest HD aerial archive. By matching the latest technology with some of the most experienced aerial Directors/Cameramen Skyworks is able to deliver some of the best quality Aerial HD footage available.
SOURCE Smithsonian Networks