Kalahari meerkats are back on TV, this time in 3D, as a team of camera operators from Wild Earth go out with a custom-made 3D rig, made for this project, to follow the lives of the Gosa Gang in Tswalu Game Reserve.
This rig is based on two GoPro Hero2 cameras in a beam-splitter configuration, which reportedly has never been done before anywhere in the world. It allows the five-strong tram to film everything at meerkat eye-level. The team feels that the beauty of 3D is that it immerses viewers in the subject matter capturing the feeling of being inside the gang of meerkats.
The first series of three parts should be finished at the end of June 2012 but every day Wild Earth TV broadcasts the making of this documentary, live in 2D on the internet. The cinematographer talks whilst filming the meerkats and explains who the characters in the group are and what they are doing each day.
Since starting to film in March, it has already had one set of pups born and killed, a territorial takeover and now another female is pregnant. The team is also working on a project to get live cameras inside the meerkat burrows so that they can watch them underground and provide interesting research into the meerkat's habits underground.
Watch it on www.wildearth.tv/meerkats
from 7.30am to approximately 6.30pm CAT.