‘Call of the White’ is the 45-minute documentary about the 2009 Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition lead by Felicity Aston and will be screened at several international film festivals during 2011. A full list of the screenings and dates is below…
Call of the White is also a book featuring my stills which is available from Amazon and, as they say, all good bookshops.
I was involved with the project from the outset as documentary stills photographer and then self-shooting director for the film travelling to Norway, New Zealand, Chile and Antarctica with the team.
For stills, I used my Nikon DSLRS (D3 and D2x, with 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8, 12-14mm f/4, 10.5mm f/2.8, 2x teleconverter, polarisers / grads etc and several SB800s). The Nikon equipment is so well made that I didn’t bother protecting it from the elements and after weeks of hardship it was none the worse. I shot stills and used them for timelapse sequences too.
For filming I shot it on my Sony Ex1 with Miller DS20 sticks and Genus Matte Box and Century filters. For the extreme weather filming I used a heated Porta Brace polar jacket for the camera and sound was on radio mics and boom. Everything packed into two Peli 1600 cases and one tripod bag.
Here are the dates for the screenings:
Saturday 1st October – Phoenixville Adventure Film Festival, USA
Thursday 13th October – University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Friday 14th October – Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, USA
Friday 4th November – Dijon Adventure Film Festival, France
Saturday 5th November – Banff Mountain Film Festival, Canada
Wednesday 16th November – Explorer Festival, Lodz, Poland