It is with great pleasure that I can show you all ‘The Whole Nine Yards’, a video I produced from my trip with The North Face at the end of August up to the mountains surrounding Mt Cook. This was one of the most challenging and memorable jobs I have under taken in my career so far.
A trip like this requires a lot of planning and the logistics of organizing 9 people to under take a very ambitious mission in one of the wildest parts of NZ are pretty crazy . There are so many variables that you cannot control and one of the biggest skills is being able to adapt with what ever is put in front of you. It was a huge challenge trying to film this professionally and build the story as it happened. Aside from the initial flight in this whole trip was done under the power of our own bodies.
On top of having to hike for days on end, there was carrying over 23kg of camera gear including two cameras, tripods, lenses, mics, snow shoes, harness, crampons, ice axes, camping gear etc. The following photos are by Mark Watson and give you a bit of a behind the scenes look into the trip. A huge thanks to Alpine Guides and Lindsay Horner for designing the intro & title graphics.
All the lines on this trip were earned by foot, after the initial chopper ride in it was all hard work. I filmed on a mixture of the Canon 5DMKII and Panasonic HVX. Here I’m shooting some small depth of field detailed ridge shots found at the start of the video. Stacking up ND filters on top of a ridge can be challenging!
My Canon 5DMKII shooting a night time lapse under the full moon of the campsite. 20 second exposures at a interval of 25 seconds over a couple of hours.I would of loved to time lapse all night, but had to preserve battery power.
At the top of a mountain pass time lapsing the rest of the crew hiking up with the Canon 5DMKII whilst shooting cut aways with the Panasonic HVX. My Fstop Satori backpack had about 23kg of camera equipment in it alone and did the job easily.