For a short film project in the Andes, Jos© Rios Vazquez relied on camera support from Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand. Vazquez is not only an adventurer and a mountain climber. Above all, he is a passionate cinematographer and director in spite of difficult conditions for filmmakers in Peru. This combination makes him the perfect partner for the latest project by Cancino Films, a Peruvian production company. With its film productions, Cancino Films has supported the conservation of the ecosystems in the Andes for 30 years. The documentary series "El Llamado de la Monta±a" (Engl. "The Call of the Mountain") was shot in the Huas-carn National Park and is to be shown at international film festivals in the 2011/12 season.
Flying high with the Sachtler FSB 4
In the national park, which has been declared a world natural heritage site by UNESCO, stands Peru's highest mountain of the same name, the Nevado Huas-carn. To film the last two nature films for the documentary series, Jos© Rios Vazquez headed to this mountain with his companion, the director of the moun-tain guide school Don Bosco en Los Andes now called Renato Casarotto climbing center. He took the Canon XL H1 camcorder and the Sachtler FSB 4 tripod system with him.
Robust equipment for harsh climate
Not only does the film reveal the beauty of nature high above in the Andes in im-pressive pictures of landscapes; Jos© Rios Vazquez also documented the flora and fauna and accompanied mountain climbing teams on their tours. The ex-treme climate conditions were a challenge for both the team and the equipment. "The climate at an altitude of 6,000 meters is very harsh, but even at -10 °C (14 °F), the Sachtler tripod system worked smoothly and dependably," reports Jos© Rios Vazquez.
Convincing in performance and design
"With its five-step counterbalance, the fluid head provides clean pans. In addition, the complete tripod system with a weight of 4.9 kg is easy to transport and was therefore perfect for our demanding mountain tours," summarizes Vazquez. Even the design of the Sachtler equipment impressed the Peruvian: "I like the logo and the color combination with red details and a lot of black."
In 2011/12, the result of the adventurous filming tour is to be shown, among other places, at the following mountain film festivals: Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival, Germany / Berg+Abenteuer Filmfestival Graz, Austria / Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, Alberta, Canada / Mountain Film, Telluride, USA.
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