GoPro BTS: Climbing Icebergs

GoPro BTS: Climbing Icebergs


“Okay I think we back off huh?” “Yeah.” “Hahahaha!” I’m Zak, and I’m Justin, and we just got back
from two weeks in Greenland filming our Ice Climbing shoot. Take a look, we’re going to
show you a little bit of the adventure. So some of the challenges we faced on this
one is we were in a very inhospitable place. If something went wrong, it could be a day
or two or three days until anyone could get to us to help us. “If there’s any red flags when you’re on it,
just jump off of it right away.” We had the guys climbing up on there and they
would start falling apart, they’d start calving. Any one of those chunks of ice could be
the chunk that they happened to be climbing on, or it could weight it enough that it
could spin. “Dock you there, see how it’s feeling.” “Yeah.” “It’s pretty soft here. It’s really soft here.” It took a couple of days for us to get warmed
up and start to realize what to listen for and what to look for in icebergs before we
could even find the big icebergs to climb. “Here goes our landing zone Clemen, here goes
our landing zone.” One of the things which was a little, kind
of difficult, we had one shot for a lot of these, so we didn’t have as much ability to
get super creative on the angles because you had to get the main shot. That’s why a lot
of it is, you know, head cam forward, head cam back, and chesty. “Something to think about is like, check each
other’s cameras, like make sure the lenses aren’t dirty, make sure they’re rolling, check
the positions. And then also, like switching up stuff. So if you climb it once and you’re
going to do it again, tilt it down or tilt it up or tilt your head cam down or put the
backpack on, just think about doing something different every time.” A big part of it was directing them on the
boat and then just trusting that they would get it once they were up on the berg. Going into this shoot we took all the frame
rates into consideration and because it’s such a cinematic place, a lot of the stuff
we wanted to shoot was in 4K. It’s super beautiful, we don’t need a lot of slo-mo, the boat’s
moving at a slow pace, everything’s kind of slow paced there anyway, so we didn’t shoot
a lot of really high frame rates, we were kind of shooting 4K30 to get that nice, crisp
image. I think the only time I remember mounting
a camera which we put in a high frame rate, it was we mounted one to the axe. We were
trying to get the shot of hitting it into there. But other than that, everything moves
pretty slow, so we were able to focus on image quality and just take in the beauty of the
place. “This one’s going to be 4K30. That looks about
perfect to me.” When we first got to Illusiat, before we even
got on the boat, we had a little bit of free time, and we walked out to the Illusiat Ice
Fjord. And the ice, you can see it moving. And it doesn’t move very fast, but you can
see the things kind of coming together, and we didn’t have the time to really film it
the way we wanted to. So when we came back, we set up a bunch of cameras. “Getting my Time Lapse, on the edge of a sketchy
cliff, really sketchy.” So when we were shooting Time Lapses, we tried
a variety of different settings. First we tried one photo every ten seconds, one photo
every thirty seconds, and one photo every minute. For the final reel, we used the TimeLapses
that were shot in one photo every minute. Thanks for coming with us on our in-depth
look at our Greenland production, check back periodically for more Behind the Scenes from
the HERO4 Adventure Series. I think this will be cool for Behind the Scenes. See the first GoPro shooter die on an iceberg. I know, I have rope. I trust you guys.

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