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In the summer of 2010 I was at the BLUE OCEAN Film Festival in Monterrey, Ca. when the topic of the BIG CAT EXPOSE 2012 was mentioned by friend and world class photographer Michele Westmorland (www.westmorlandimages.com).  She was to be featured as the expedition photographer, joining  Piper & Heath’s owner Chris Liebenberg,  http://piperandheath.com/expose-bigcats.phpon, on a 14 day safari to south Africa, in part,  to bring about the attention of the importance sustainable and eco-friendly travel brings to local communities.

“Sounds like a compelling documentary program”, I offered, and within several months Chris, Michele, and I had agreed on a joint effort to share the expedition not only through the artful eye of Michele but as a series of high definition programs and webisodes.

One of the major challenges was determining the type of equipment that would best suit the production.  A film or video crew usually requires significant…

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March 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

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Big Cat Expose

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In the summer of 2010 I was at the BLUE OCEAN Film Festival in Monterrey, Ca. when the topic of the BIG CAT EXPOSE 2012 was mentioned by friend and world class photographer Michele Westmorland (www.westmorlandimages.com).  She was to be featured as the expedition photographer, joining  Piper & Heath’s owner Chris Liebenberg,  http://piperandheath.com/expose-bigcats.phpon, on a 14 day safari to south Africa, in part,  to bring about the attention of the importance sustainable and eco-friendly travel brings to local communities.

“Sounds like a compelling documentary program”, I offered, and within several months Chris, Michele, and I had agreed on a joint effort to share the expedition not only through the artful eye of Michele but as a series of high definition programs and webisodes.

One of the major challenges was determining the type of equipment that would best suit the production.  A film or video crew usually requires significant production support in the way of Producer, Director/DP, Camera assistant, sound recordists, and lighting technicians.  However, due to the limited space available this was going to be a lean operation.

International travel to Johannesburg was not the major issue.  As a frequent flyer with Delta I had baggage allowances that were reasonably generous; but once on the ground in South Africa the team would be shuttled from base camps via chartered bush planes with limited cargo space and rigid weight restrictions.

It was important to capture the images in the best possible format, using accepted broadcast codecs.  This alone, ruled out a number of camera options.  Over the years I’d owned and operated a great variety of camera systems, ranging from Aaton Super 16mm film to Panasonic Varicams (tape and file based).  Normally for this type of production I would have chosen the Panasonic HPX 3700 full size camera as the “A” camera.

Fortunately the HPX-250 shares the same codec and metadata management as its bigger brother the 3700 and became the camera of choice.  More on this in later blogs.

The Piper and Heath team has gone to great lengths to get the message out about the need for sustainable travel into remote areas and we’re all looking forward to making contributions to that effect.  Hope you’ll follow along.

Best,

Bill Mills, http://www.FLHD.tv

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March 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm

The beautiful coral reefs of Cuba’s south coast are featured in an upcoming segment of 60 Minutes. Ocean conservationist David Guggenheim and Anderson Cooper are featured in this program shot last July. I used a Gates housing with supplemental LED fill lighting to capture this image of David and a beautiful stand of pillar coral. Link to the show is http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57343821/underwater-wonderland-at-risk/ The program airs on Sunday, Dec 18 at 7 p.m. on CBS

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Back from BBC shoot in Costa Rica with sound recordist Vince Nuccio.  Seven days along the Pacific Coast with a great crew from Bristol.  Worked with a great production coordinator/fixer.

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