Creators of ‘The Cove’ Take on Mass Species Extinction in the Upcoming ‘The Singing Planet’
Secaucus, NJ – The Oceanic Preservation Society (Boulder, CO), a non-profit organization that creates film, photography and media to inspire people to save the oceans, recently purchased two Panasonic AG-3DA1 Full HD 3D camcorders to support production of its next feature documentary, The Singing Planet. OPS’ first film, The Cove, won dozens of awards around the world, including the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2009, and has inspired over a million people to action.
The Cove, directed by OPS Executive Director Louie Psihoyos (widely regarded as one of world’s most prominent still photographers), took a trenchant look at the clandestine killing of dolphins. The Singing Planet, likewise directed by Psihoyos, will be a full-length documentary about ongoing mass species extinction that is caused by humans.
While The Singing Planet is just moving into full production mode, the filmmaking team has already had the Panasonic 3D camcorders on location in the South Pacific Ocean, where they documented the plight of humpback whales. The 3DA1s functioned as above water cameras, capturing scenics, impromptu and behind-the-scenes footage.
“The AG-3DA1 is ideal for our run-and-gun documentary style,” said OPS Associate Producer Gina Papabeis. “The camcorder is portable, lightweight and easy to use. Critically, it is unobtrusive and allows us to capture the ‘unrepeatable moment’ in ways that our 3D rigs can’t.”
The Singing Planet also plans to make use of beam splitter, parallel and underwater 3D production rigs. “We’ve already seen that the 3DA1, because of its extreme mobility, can be our only option to opportunistically document an unplanned event,” said Papabeis, speaking of a colleague who recently picked up the camcorder to walk out the door of the OPS’ Boulder office and shoot a Colorado wildfire. The production is shooting 1080/24p with the 3DA1s, and plans to edit in CineForm’s Neo3D; the finish will be suited for theatrical release. “Adjustments are a simple matter, and it’s easy to change convergence quickly,” said Papabeis. “The camcorder’s LCD monitor and viewfinder display a variety of helpful information, including a 3D Guide to achieve better 3D effects while viewing, and a Left/Right Mix.”
“We purchased the two 3DA1s as it’s better to have double coverage, and it gives us the flexibility to send shooters to different areas simultaneously,” said Adrienne Hall, OPS Studio Manager/Production Coordinator. “Our overall mandate is to inspire the viewer and present an engrossing call to action, and we think 3D production will definitely enhance the emotional impact of The Singing Planet,” she added. “The premise is that the entire animal world has been singing, but that mankind is extinguishing its songs faster than we can record it. Production tools like the 3DA1 are letting us move nimbly to tell a story about the breadth and scope of sound and nature before it’s too late.”
For more information about the Oceanic Preservation Society and its work, visit www.opsociety.org.
About the AG-3DA1
The AG-3DA1 is the world’s first professional, fully-integrated Full HD 3D camcorder that records to SD card media. The AG-3DA1 will democratize 3D production by giving professional videographers a more affordable, flexible, reliable and easier-to-use tool for capturing immersive content as well as providing a training tool for educators. At less than 6.6 pounds, the AG-3DA1 is equipped with dual lenses and two full 1920 x 1080 2.07 megapixel 3-MOS imagers to record 1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 25p and 24p (native) and 720/60p and 50p in AVCHD. It can record for up to 180 minutes on dual 32GB SD cards in Panasonic’s professional AVCHD PH mode, and offers professional interfaces including dual HD-SDI out, HDMI (version 1.4), two XLR connectors, built-in stereo microphone and twin-lens camera remotes. For more information, visit http://www.panasonic.com/broadcast.
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