It is day five of the cruise and to date I’ve shot 240 minutes or 60GB worth of footage. My job as the trip’s videographer involves shooting activities and experiments performed by the scientists on the ship. The footage is processed every day and I edit a 5-10 minute video with the teachers based on various themes
Most of the footage was shot during an activity on the deck of the ship. As you can see by the links to the videos, all of the activities took several people to operate and the use of heavy equipment like cranes to lift the devices. Some devices sample the sediment or dirt on the bottom of the ocean up to 900 meters deep and even sample below the surface to the time of the last ice age.
The vessel R/V Melville is fairly small especially with the amount of equipment on the decks. The scientists have labs throughout the ship to analyze their collections such as fish, plankton, sediment and even the water itself. See the video about life aboard a ship.
Working on a vessel like this can be very dangerous if you don’t pay attention to your surrounding. We all wear hard hats and life vests for safety while on deck. The ship’s crew knows me now and will allow me to get a little closer to the action for the best shot.
The conditions have been excellent for videography with calm seas, blue skies and colorful shots. It is a little tricky shooting hand-held with the ship rolling back and forth from the waves and shaking at times from the heavy equipment. It’s like a constant earthquake with the jolting and shaking. Most of the work areas are loud, so I used special microphones when needed and I brought a small light kit for interviews.
There have been no equipment failures. Most of the shots were hand-held because of the lack of space and the rolling ship. Extra camera batteries were in constant use. The ship was so well lit that no lighting was used for the night shots. Check out the videos and other media at the Cal-Echoes site.