Owen (natural history filmmakers Owen Newman) decided to go big, to shoot huge close-up and slow motion, the combination was fresh and exciting, poetry in motion.
The footage also revealed the superb running skills of both animals. The gazelle’s sharp pointed hooves help it change direction in a heartbeat.
The cheetah can only keep up by using its tail like a radar. The cheetah is also helped by having claws that don’t retract, the only cat to wear permanently spiked running shoes.
Owen didn’t have many chances to film such a spectacular hunt. Gazelle’s out maneuver cheetahs more often than not. So when the cheetahs were doing well he had to make the most of it.