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In the first mixed reality 360° film made by the BBC, Sir David Attenborough invites you to walk with the biggest dinosaur ever to have roamed the planet.

David Attenborough may be celebrating his 90th birthday this year, but he is still very much at the cutting edge of natural history production as he presents the BBC’s first mixed reality, 360° film.

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Sir David Attenborough in front of a CGI of a titanosaur’s internal structure. Credit: BBC

Produced by a team at Bristol’s world famous BBC Natural History Unit, and creative agency Hello Charlie, the four minute film is a mix of computer graphics and live action, where Sir David Attenborough shows you around the biggest dinosaur ever to have walked the planet – a giant titanosaur.

The dinosaur, discovered in Patagonia in 2013, was the focus of a recent BBC One programme, ‘Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur’. The fascinating programme documented how the dinosaur was reconstructed and used CGI to show what it is believed to have looked like.

There are often many unknowns in palaeontology, but having so many remarkably well preserved bones allowed for them to be digitally scanned into precise 3D models and assembled into a CGI (computer-generated imagery) dinosaur. In effect, this means the titanosaur you see in the film isn’t just an imagining, but an actual individual brought back to ‘life’.

Unbelievably, given its huge size, the scientists discovered this dinosaur was still growing. It sounds incredible that the titanosaur is, at 37 metres, longer than a blue whale and weighs as much as 15 African elephants (70 tonnes).

They’re the sorts of dimensions you simply need to see for yourself and that’s what triggered the idea to produce a 360° immersive experience, where you can stand alongside the titanosaur with Sir David as your own personal guide.

Once again, Attenborough is at the forefront of filming technology.

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