Frozen Planet took four years of dedication to perfection by a crew of people with an extra helping of fortitude. The extreme cold temperatures took endurance of these brave souls who gave fans the scenery and creatures that one could only imagine; but it was not easy.
The filming of the life cycle of the Adelie penguin was especially grueling. As the crew set up in a shelter, the winds blew over 80 miles per hour and it was not getting any better. On the third day of the storm, winds reached 130 miles per hour and the crew could not even go out. They would have been dead if they tried to film. Four days it took for the wind to subside and their guests; a colony of penguins was waiting for their filming, almost on cue.
As they sat in a boat, they got to film a polar bear and her cubs looking for food. Knowing how hungry they were, they needed to keep their distance. While filming the emperor penguins, a leopard seal came upon them. This type of seal has been known to attack humans. So the next day they tried again using a pole camera to view them underwater; but the penguins would not cooperate. The crews then went into Mt. Erabus, an active volcano in Antarctica to see the ice crystal formations. One side of the volcano empties into the sea, so they donned their insulated diving suits and examined the undersea world.
To film the orcas, they used a helicopter and with lots of luck got to film them above and below the surface. When several came up for air at once, the crew was treated to a close encounter. To check further for other whales, they journeyed by boat in the Southern Ocean and saw how seal-eating killer whales dine on seals that were resting on ice floes. In unison the whales make waves to sweep the seals into the water where the pod awaits their dinner. Spotting the crew on an inflatable boat, the whales gave them the same treatment and began to rock their boat. Fortunately, humans were not on the menu that day.
During the Arctic winter, at temperatures forty below zero, they watched from a helicopter as a pack of twenty-five wolves surround a group of bison. As a young bison was being attacked, an adult knocked it down so the wolves could get it as he sped off to join the herd.
Indigenous people of the Arctic search the high steep cliffs in summer to retrieve eggs from sea birds. One of the crew, an accomplished climber took the trek with a man who has done this for forty years using only a rope. It was a dangerous climb, even for the most experienced climber.
Thanks to the sacrifice of these brave souls, fans can watch the wonders of this Frozen Planet in the comforts of home.