Felix Black (‘Welcome to Earth’ editor): ‘It was an absolute joy to see Will Smith putting his life on the line’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

“What you get to do in many documentaries is find a side of life that perhaps you couldn’t have imagined was there before,” declares Felix Black, the editor of NatGeo’s “Welcome To Earth” that’s currently streaming on Disney+. “You have the great privilege to show this and to tell these stories to sometimes a vast audience and that can give you an insight into other people, other cultures, science and stories that are an absolute joy to edit and to bring to the wider world.” We talked to Black as part of our “Meet the Experts” TV editors panel. Watch our exclusive video interview above.

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“Welcome to Earth” is a Disney+ original series from National Geographic, and follows Academy Award winner Will Smith on an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world to explore Earth’s greatest wonders and reveal its most hidden secrets. The six-part limited series was produced by visionary Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.

“Going 3,000 feet underneath the ocean in this tiny sub, which is literally creaking,” Black responds when asked which adventure he found the most terrifying. “If that goes, at that depth under the ocean, nothing’s going to help you. Within a second you are absolutely gone. I don’t think I could do that. Similarly, peering over an actual live volcano and going down into the crater. One hot lava bomb comes out and you’re a goner. It was an absolute joy to see Will Smith putting his life on the line. As an editor you can enjoy it from the safety of your edit suite.”

Black’s career has included “The Beginning and the End of the Universe,” “Trailblazers,” “Nova,” “Volatile Earth,” “My Year with the Tribe” and “Britain’s Fat Fight.”

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