The one part of Planet Earth II that is fake
The BBC has admitted that there is one aspect of the Planet Earth II series that isn’t entirely genuine.
Planet Earth II has to stand out as one of the greatest television series of 2016. The show is both beautifully filmed and wonderfully documented, and has set a whole new standard for wildlife documentaries altogether.
However, nothing is ever completely perfect and it seems that there is one aspect of the series that isn’t totally true to life. After viewers started tweeting about some of the sound effects being rather unnatural, fans of the programme were reminded of an article written by the BBC back in April about how wildlife shows tackle the issue of sound.
Planet Earth II is gorgeous, but I absolutely hate hate hate the fake sound effects every time something moves.
— Jennifer Bresnick (@JenRoseBresnick) November 21, 2016
I love Planet Earth, but enough with the sound effects please. A lizard gliding through the air does not sound like a jet.
— Roland Hughes (@hughesroland) November 22, 2016
Had to turn Planet Earth 2 off yesterday. Great cinematography but can’t be doing with the sound effects, drama & ‘softening’ of reality.
— Keith Kerr (@akkwildlife) November 21, 2016
Just found out they use fake sound effects in planet earth to add drama and emotion. I feel snaked
— Teddy Datson (@Ted_Datson) November 24, 2016
The article explains: “Wildlife film soundtracks are a combination of sounds recorded in the wild during the filming, or recorded in the wild previously, as well as sounds that must be re-created in a studio and, of course, music.
“Some sounds are removed because they would distract from the tone of the film (e.g. helicopter rotor blades may be replaced by music over sweeping aerial shots). This is normal in documentary filmmaking.”
According to The Sun, this is in order to “create a sense of a wild place, as well as emotion and drama.”
The producers also admitted that they do not always have the right type of microphone equipment to pick up the sounds while filming the nature scenes:
“Range and ambient noise ensure quite a lot of wild sounds simply cannot be recorded in the field.
“As a result, wildlife film-makers often turn to sound designers to recreate something that sounds like it would in the wild — a soundtrack that is true to nature.”
Still, even if the sounds aren’t 100% authentic, we don’t think this detracts from the overall masterpiece that is Planet Earth and we will still be sure to join David Attenborough on Sunday for the next instalment.
Planet Earth II continues Sunday at 8pm on BBC One.