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Old January 26th, 2009, 06:59 PM   #1
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Wildlife video clips from new Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park documentary

Hi everybody,

I finally finished another production. It was a project for my Senior Field Research geography class at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. Still, the school didnít provide me with any funding or equipment. I did all the work on my film. Anyway, my new film is called "Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park: A Biophysical Overview." Itís about a half-hour long and Iíve got a bunch of new material about it on my website. I thought some of you might enjoy checking out the sample video clips available here: Tristan Howard Productions: Prairie Creek Redwood State Park Wildlife Videos. The clip with the pelicans fishing is my personal favorite. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is only about 30 miles north of Arcata. Anyhow, below is the text I wrote for my back cover art.

ďPrairie Creek Redwoods State Park is located along the North Coast of California. The park has primeval redwood forests, rocky bluffs, scenic grasslands, and a wild coastline. This production explores Prairie Creek Redwood State Parkís biophysical regions and the biodiversity they showcase. Youíll see the parkís forests with their prehistoric coast redwoods and bizarre banana slugs. Spectacular, internationally famous Fern Canyon is featured as part of the parkís bluffs. The parkís grasslands are shown along with the dramatic rutting activity of regal Roosevelt elk. Thereís also an examination of the parkís wild coastline, located along Gold Bluffs Beach at the edge of the mighty Pacific Ocean. Here, youíll witness gulls, cormorants, fleeting glimpses of bobbing harbor seals, and brown pelicans with their amazing aerial maneuvering and diving tactics. If youíre interested in seeing the striking scenery and remarkable biodiversity of a remote coastal portion of northern California, then this video is for you.Ē

All my footage was shot with a Canon XL1S attached to its 16x lens or a Canon EF 28-300 mm telephoto zoom lens with the EF Adapter XL. I recorded most sounds with a Sony MZNH1 HI MD minidisc recorder hooked to an Audio-Technica AT822 stereo cardioid microphone, though most of the ocean sounds are actually live from my camera mic. I edited my film with Sony Vegas 6.0 and processed some of the sounds with Sony Soundforge 7.0.

You might remember me posting a link (http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/under-wat...cumentary.html) in 2007 to clips I made for a previous production. Anyway, Iím now a senior in college and will graduate this spring with a degree in Geography. Iím hoping to get into Montana State Universityís Science and Natural History Filmmaking graduate school program, but my future is uncertain. I know the XL1S is old and Iíll soon be updating to the Canon XLH1A.

As with my other film, advice I learned from the DV Info forums has helped me tremendously with my latest production. So, to everyone who helped me in the past, thanks again. Anyway, I hope some of you enjoy the clips. Feel free to post any comments. Take care.

Tristan Howard
Presenting North American wildlife videos and Western landscape photos.
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Old January 30th, 2009, 06:10 PM   #2
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Great Job

I have only looked at your introductory clip so far, but I must say I am impressed. I enjoyed your Hot Springs Valley DVD and this one looks like one to be proud of as well.
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