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Old February 20th, 2008, 02:05 PM   #1
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The Long Way Down, BBC

I just saw a Canon ad in the Feb issue of National Geographic. Cameraman Jim Foster talks of his choice of camera for the TV series the Long Way Down where Ewan Mcgregor and a friend travels from Scotland through Africa on motorbikes.
His chose XL-H1 for the production
Quote: "Since the program was for the BBC, we had to find a way to get the very best picture"

Anyone seen it or heard anything else from the shoot?
The webpage is www.longwaydown.com
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Old February 20th, 2008, 02:56 PM   #2
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I noticed this as well in the National Geographic this month.

Forget to mention it here though! My compliments that you didn't.

It looks like the Canon XL-H1 is widely adopted at this moment.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 04:59 PM   #3
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Curious, I'm thought it was James Simak and Claudio von Planta who filmed Long Way Down.

Von Planta is quoted as saying he used the Sony V1 in this story/promo for Sennheiser:
http://www.lsionline.co.uk/news/?-YW7GS2

Maybe that was just for the talking heads?

Canon H1 for the pretty shots?


Edit: oops, I see Jim Foster now on the main site. Cool job, he doubles as the Security Advisor.

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Old February 21st, 2008, 02:12 AM   #4
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Interesting that they used different cameras. I would have to say one problem I have with my H1 is the audio. When using the line in from a mixer, audio levels is just too low. My sound man had to change to a mixer that had mic out and we then used the mic in instead to get high enough sound levels.
This could be a reason for using the Sony.

Taking the H1 in and out of bags and backpacks is not too easy either due to the form factor. A A1 would be easier.
I have this problem when shooting ski movies, but itīs worth the hassel
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