Client: BBC TWO
Production Company: Windfall Films
Director: Tom Mustill
Camera: George Woodcock / James Aldred
Date: Winther 2013
David Attenborough narrates the story of Rodrigo Medellin, Mexico’s very own ‘Bat Man’. Since he first kept vampire bats in his bathroom as a child, Rodrigo has dedicated his life to saving them. Now Mexico’s most famous export, tequila, is at stake. Rodrigo’s beloved lesser long-nosed bat is crucial to the liquor – pollenating the plants the drink is made from. To save both, Rodrigo must track the bats’ epic migration across Mexico – braving hurricanes, snakes, Mayan tombs and seas of cockroaches. The threats are very real for not only Rodrigo and the bats, but also for anyone with a taste for tequila.
Rotor Film had 2 days of shooting with the documentary crew in Mexico, showing the landscapes and the bats POWs. Two shots can be seen in this trailer and a 70 second aerial montage was used in the finished film.