Northern Light Films

High Definition Video Productions

Winter 2008/09 Stock Footage Project

Northern Light Films was recently contracted to acquire stock High Definition footage of one of the world’s largest open pit lead-zinc mines. The camera  used was the Panasonic HPX500 HD Camera. All shots were recorded in 1080p 24 and 1080p 60i. This project however; proved to be a very challenging endeavor, the first challenge was to pick the right days to film. In the winter…the ideal shooting conditions require nice sunny bright days which will give you the best lighting for recording good images….thing is, up here  in the winter if it’s sunny it usually means it’s cold! And in the Yukon, very cold!!! I filmed some footage in probably the coldest part of the winter – between January 09 to March 09. On some days  it dipped down to about -35 Celsius. The HPX500 proved to be the right camera for the job, I’m not sure if a tape-based camera would have coped with this kind of cold shooting conditions. My hats off to Panasonic for making their Next Gen cameras completely digital, enabling us brave shooters to film in very cold or very hot conditions! Anyways, enough about that… Here are some screen grabs directly from the footage. Just to give you a little view of the HD footage from the project. I cannot however; post any video of the footage as the client specified in the contract.  So, here are some photos that will give you an idea of the quality of recording. These are compressed images so, they may not fully represent the actual quality of the HD source footage!

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This is a shot of one of the world's largest open pit lead-zinc mines.

This is a shot of one of the world's largest open pit lead-zinc mines.

This was the last and the smallest of the three!

This was the last and the smallest of the three!

This is the tailings pond! Very large!!

This is the Tailings pond! Very large!! See the giant excavator working?

Here's a shot of a big Mill Site buildings.

Here's a shot of a Mill Site building.

Here's a wide shot of the Haul Road between the three pits.

Here's a wide shot of the Haul Road between the three pits.

Here's a different angle of the Haul Road.

Here's a different angle of the Haul Road... and heaps and piles of waste-rock.

Here's a shot of some scenics... a nice mountain shot.

Here's a shot of some scenics... a nice mountain shot.

Overall, I really enjoyed this project. It had its challenges but the end result was very good, as the client was very happy with the stock footage. And I was also very pleased with the footage. Shooting this project for stock was alot of fun, and I look forward to doing similar stock footage shoots in the future.

Northern Light Films.

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