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'Frozen Planet' Producers Alastair Fothergill And Vanessa Berlowitz Discuss Filming

Posted: 03/26/2012 11:52 am Updated: 03/26/2012 11:57 am

Have you seen "Frozen Planet"? The documentary series, from the producers of "Planet Earth," explores the wildlife and scenery that comprise the planet's polar regions. The U.S. version, airing on the Discovery Channel, is narrated by actor Alec Baldwin.

"Frozen Planet" producers Alastair Fothergill and Vanessa Berlowitz recently sat down with AOL to discuss what they found so intriguing about the Earth's polar regions.

Berlowitz remarked about Earth's poles, "They're just the greatest wildernesses on our planet. And there's so many incredible animals and amazing wildlife and scenery to show there."

Fothergill agreed that "there were many moments when we had absolutely extraordinary rushes come in [while working on 'Frozen Planet']."

The producers also explained the poles' importance to the rest of the world. Berlowitz said, "Everything that we kind of experience, in terms of our weather and our global sea levels, are linked to what's going on at the poles. It was really interesting to see actually the dynamic change that the poles are undergoing right now, and to think about the implications that could have for the whole planet."

Fothergill noted that "it might be 20 or 30 years" before as much time and money is spent filming in the polar regions again. With changing polar conditions, Fothergill believes "'Frozen Planet' represents ... the last time to see this wonderful, unspoiled wilderness in its original state."

Check out another clip from Discovery's "Frozen Planet" below, and scroll down to watch the "icy finger of death."

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Filed by James Gerken  |