Ancient Megacities

Spiegel TV for ZDF/National Geographic, 2008

Hanuman Films was selected as the local production company for a Spiegel TV drama-documentary for National Geographic and ZDF (German television) on the history of Angkor. This was the story of the incredible hydraulic system of Angkor and how it ultimately contributed to both the rise and the fall of this great civilization. Several actors flew in from Germany for the drama scenes, which included the recreation of an Angkor-era market and the opening of an ancient canal, complete with dozens of labourers in ancient costume. Shot over six weeks around Angkor and selected locations near Phnom Penh, this was one of the most vivid documentaries yet seen on ancient Angkor. Grips equipment included a dolly and track and two cranes, including a 12m crane brought in from Thailand.

Locations: Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Beng Mealea and Kbal Spean.

Talent: Director Andreas Sawall, DoP Olaf Hirschberg