"Exploding propane tanks and live rounds, swirling firestorms, 10-ton airborne retardant drops, invisible fire pits and some of the most explosive fire conditions in a generation,"
. "These made the Netflix documentary series
, for which I served as cinematographer, a dangerous and at times absolutely terrifying environment in which to shoot."
From the vast visual ferocity, to the earnest and emotional personal stories hidden behind the smoke,
takes viewers into the heart of California's devastating recent wildfires alongside the brave men and women of Cal Fire and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
"Outfitted with four RED Dragon packages from Panavision Woodland Hills, and a set of large-format Series 70 lenses and Angenieux zooms, my crew and I set out on this 15-week adventure with only an inkling of what we might encounter behind the cameras,"
. We could not have imagined the sheer terror of being surrounded by a raging wild fire, nor the bravery and endurance of the many men and women who work each year to save lives and property at the risk of their own.
"To capture the world of California wildland firefighting, my approach was simple: to cinematically immerse our cameras, and thus our viewers, into the heart of the action in novel ways." To read Halleran's full article,