ANTON/BAUER BATTERIES AND POWER SUPPLIES TRAVEL ACROSS TWO CONTINENTS FOR CYCLIST DOCUMENTARY ON CLIMATE CHANGE
strong>ANTON/BAUER BATTERIES AND POWER SUPPLIES TRAVEL ACROSS TWO CONTINENTS FOR CYCLIST DOCUMENTARY ON CLIMATE CHANGE
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - Months of perpetual flat tires and busted bicycle chains didn’t stop deepeei Film Productions from completing the highly-acclaimed cycling documentary Going South, which follows two teams of two cyclists each-one in North America and one in South America-who journey across 17,000 miles collectively through 17 countries on either side of the equator in search of ways to combat environmental issues such as global warming and climate change. To capture such genuine and unique footage, deepeei employed power solutions from Anton/Bauer, a brand of The Vitec Group, and the world’s premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, including the high-power HyTRON 140 and DIONIC HCX batteries.
The Netherlands-based production company is no stranger to adventure. Formed in 2004, deepeei lays claim to some of the most visually stunning documentaries in Europe and elsewhere, taking its viewers to such far away places as the mountains of China and the tip of Antarctica. Milan Collin, the company’s general manager and founder, is one of the entrepreneurial driving forces behind deepeei. “I was a wildlife photographer for many years. I was always sitting in little sheds with tripods waiting for things to happen in front of the camera,” he says. Deepeei was established from Collin’s love of outdoor exploration coupled with his affection for wildlife filmmaking. “I draw a lot of inspiration from being out in nature, and I think it’s important for people to have a basic understanding of how nature can positively impact their lives. Our goal is to show this through the documentaries we produce.”
Going South was shot in eight months and covered area from the northernmost point in Alaska to the southernmost point of Argentina. Production crews on the film tapped four HyTRON 140 batteries, which offered an ideal counterbalance for the cameramen on this rigorous outdoor shoot. At only 5.5 pounds, the powerful HyTRON 140 features a 14.4v 140Wh NiMH battery and can be used with portable HMI lights and features RealTime display that continually updates the operator on how much run-time remains and on the state of the current charge. “After talking with Anton/Bauer at IBC, we knew the HyTRON 140 would be the perfect fit for Going South. The battery is powerful and has an impressive lifespan,” says Collin.
Along with the HyTRON 140, Collin also tapped the DIONIC HCX high-current battery, which is Anton/Bauer's latest addition to its widely popular DIONIC series high-current battery line. The HCX offers a 120 watt-hour battery capacity and a new motion detection sensor that protects against capacity loss, which is another reason Collin chose to use it on the set of Going South. "It's a great feature, especially when you're shooting outdoors and you don't have any way to power your batteries on the fly," he says. To conserve energy, the DIONIC HCX goes into "deep sleep" mode after a two-day period without use, which significantly reduces self-discharge and allows it extended storage with almost zero capacity loss. To awaken it from sleep mode, it simply needs to be moved, which activates its motion detection feature. Further underscoring the battery's reliability, Collin points to a newly enhanced fuel gauge that displays up to nine hours of run time. "It's quite a powerful battery and we were very pleased with its performance while filming," he says.
A devoted user, Collin has never had a reason to call Anton/Bauer's customer service line. "If the quality of Anton/Bauer's products is a testament to its customer service, I have no doubt the company would be able to troubleshoot any issue, but I have never needed to call with a problem. I plan to continue to use the HyTRON 140 and DIONIC HCX on a variety of different projects in the future here at deepeei," he says.
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world's innovator and premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount system, InterActive chargers and Logic Series batteries such as the HyTRON 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with virtually every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight, ElipZ, ElightZ, CINE VCLX and CINE VCLX/2. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.
A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2009 revenue of £315 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organised in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services. Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.