Made for BBC Horizon in '97-98. It tells the story of the discovery of the smoking gun responsible for the death of the dinosaurs: the giant crater buried beneath the fishing village of Chicxulub on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Features the late, great Gene Shoemaker. Also underwater footage of present-day nautilus.
(Notes for the Pros:
Shot on Super-16mm. Principal cinematographer: Richard Edwards. Sound: Dave Blackham. Additional camera: Andrew Hartley. Editor: Brian Tomkins. I was the director/producer.
Made on a lesser budget in approx. half the production time-scale of the average overseas-shot Horizon. This shows in the budget allocated to the meager graphics. And these pressures featured on the shoot: three continents in eighteen days with more time spent traveling than shooting. Familiar, huh?
However, it has proved popular, with people reporting seeing it in territories from Denmark to the Lebanon and New Zealand to Mexico. Which reminds me, it could not have been made without the enthusiastic help of all the scientists involved, especially Alberto Trejo Garcia from the National University of Mexico whose staff eased us through many of the difficulties and dangers overseas crews encounter in their country.
Uploaded from a 4x3 DVCAM copy from DigiBeta, so apologies for the quality. Wish I had a 16x9 show print.)