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ACQUISITION Location: Seychelles with the Canon C300PL by Kieron Seth T he idea that the Seychelles are all about palm-lined beaches underplays the scale and diversity of this geologically rich group of islands. Unlike many other tropical paradise destinations, a beautiful seascape is only part of the picture for this gem of the Indian Ocean. From the 900 metre peak of Morne Seychellois to the forested National Park, the 115 granite and coral islands of the Seychelles are rich in flora, fauna and wildlife. The Seychelles are more than a luxury seafront. It was this vision which prompted the national tourist agency to enlist the services of RGM (Richard Gold Media Ltd). Producer Richard Gold begins: “The board asked us to create a fi lm that could represent the full breadth of the Seychelles and differentiate it from other destinations. The brief was to create a fi lm to very high production values that could be used for a variety of media including large- scale projection at trade events and use as an advertising piece online, on television and potentially at the cinema.” While the concept was easy to grasp, the practicality of a covering so many different aspects meant they had to fi rst recce as many of the settings as they could. On their return to the UK the team created a schedule that would encompass as many locations as possible on the budget. The result was a month long location shoot in a tropical climate and incredibly diverse shooting conditions, from helicopter shots to stunning but remote beaches that could only be reached on foot. However, notes Gold: “To refl ect the beauty of the islands, the quality of the fi nished production was critical.” In consultation with London-based camera hire specialists VMI, Gold selected Canon’s C300 as principal camera. The system delivers excellent pictures, records to a codec that transcodes perfectly for Final Cut Pro to create an effective post-production workfl ow and is small and light enough to be carried for a whole day traversing mountain trails. Further consideration was given whether to use the PL or EOS version but they decided on the PL version to enable the team to use the best lenses available. “As we were planning to add matte boxes, lens trays, large lenses, wireless transmitters for the monitor and lens control, plus high-capacity batteries, it was important that the camera itself was not too heavy. The C300 fi tted the bill perfectly.” Continues Gold. RGM has worked with some of the world’s most successful brands including Apple, British Airways, Heesen Yachts, Tottenham Hotspur, Coutts Bank and Abu Dhabi Tourism. Consequently, despite the distances involved and practical challenges they would face, the crew understood that there could be no compromise in the kit selected. 72 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 86 FEBRUARY 2014