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Showreels

Natural History – Southern Ocean (2013)

Take a tour through the pack ice and abundance of wildlife in Antarctic waters in my Cold Climates show-reel. Material shot forms part of a new four part series Britain’s Treasure Islands. Camerwork, editing, graphics and grading by Simon Vacher Films.

Natural History Showreel – Ascension Island (2012)

Ascension Island and St. Helena lay in the mid-Atlantic. Ascension is formed from a series of ancient volcanoes and is home to an abundance of wildlife including Green Turtles and Masked Boobys, and is also the home to a spectacular ecology experiment by Darwin and Joseph Hooker. Material shot forms part of a new four part series Britain’s Treasure Islands. Camerwork, editing, graphics and grading by Simon Vacher Films.

Behind the scenes in Antarctica – The Cameraman’s View

Cameraman Simon Vacher takes us through filming an iceberg sequence through the Gerlache Straight, which forms part of the Antarctic Peninsula.

The sequence reveals the challenge of filming the reveal and grandeur of icebergs which regularly break off the vast ice shelves that form Antarctica, and float North East with the prevailing Antarctic currents. It’s not an easy job! Simon dangled from a harness, and was smashed into ice floes and had a brush encounter with a Leopard Seal. Camerwork, editing, graphics and grading by Simon Vacher Films. Produced and directed by Simon Vacher.

Making the Grade: Antarctica Showreel

The Sony PMW-200 is a fabulous camera which when recording at full 50mbps 4:2:2 depth, allows greater precision and control over reproduction of natural colours when in the post-production phase. Here, I show you just how incredible and awe-inspiring we can make those Antarctic icebergs look! The original footage was shoot whilst I was dangling on the end of a rope using the Zodiac winch. Lateral micro-movements of the rope have been removed using post-production filters, and later a simple colour grade, altering the final input and output levels of the image. Camerwork, editing, graphics and grading by Simon Vacher Films.

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