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Luc Jacquet, the documentary filmmaker behind the 2005 sleeper hit “March of the Penguins,” will revisit those denizens of the Antarctic in “March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step,” which debuted March 23 on Hulu. Morgan Freeman again narrates.
One of the biggest challenges in “Penguins 2” was reaching the location. Jacquet started in Paris, flying 24 hours to Hobart, Tasmania. From there, it was 11 days by boat through scattered icebergs, freezing waters and swirling storms before landing on the coast of Adélie Land. The director was accompanied by a crew of 11, including cameramen Jérôme Bouvier, Manuel Lefèvre and Guillaume Chamerat; oceanographer and photographer Laurent Ballesta; and diver-photographers Yanick Gentil and Thibault Rauby.
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The team captured rare images that provide glimpses into the harsh environment and extreme lengths to which the birds go to raise their young.
“The major difference for me this time was point of view,” says Jacquet, who used Sony F5 cameras and a range of lenses to capture the emperor penguins. “The challenge was to film the penguins like humans. And really they’re the only animals on the planet that will let you get so close to them. The technological advances allowed us to create incredible imagery and to test 360-degree camera work.”
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For the original “March of the Penguins,” Jacquet wasn’t able to...
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