How to Build a ‘Spy Creature’ with Animatronic Designer John Nolan

What does it takes to make a 'spy creature' come alive? In the latest episode of the InsideNATURE podcast, we hear from animatronic designer John Nolan, who, along with his hardworking team, created the 30-plus robot spy creatures featured in upcoming NATURE mini-series Spy in the Wild (airing Feb 1st thru March 1st on PBS). The creatures range in size from a small worm-like grub to a full-size, fully-expressive orangutan. And while they all look very ...

Producer Bios

John Downer Executive Producer and Director of John Downer Productions A passionate zoologist, John has been making ground breaking nature documentaries for the BBC for over 30 years. He made his name by abandoning the traditional style of nature documentaries and pioneering a highly inventive subjective approach. Using new technology and dramatic story-telling techniques he continues to find new ways to immerse the audience in the animal world. His innovative approach to filmmaking has brought him numerous ...