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PREDATORY INSTINCTS An inaccessible shooting location made the PMW-EX1 an ideal choice for Atlantic’s fossil excavation on Predator X

Atlantic Productions latest film is a two hour investigation into the life of a 147 million year old giant marine reptile – a formidable predator which terrorised the Jurassic oceans 147 million years ago and made Tyrannosaurus Rex look like a poodle. Predator Xwas shot on a combination of the PMW-

EX1 and Sony HDW-F900R and follows a group of scientists as they travel around the world piecing together the available evidence about the predator. Part of the action focuses on a scientific fossil

excavation on the cold, inaccessible Norwegian island of Svalbard – a job assigned to director Tom Pollock, cameraman Ashley Davies and two PMW-EX1s. This high quality, compact, lightweight camera was well suited to the two week shoot, says Atlantic facilities manager Matt Pearson. “Everything had to be flown in by helicopter and, by using PMW-EX1s, we were able to get everything into just three or four boxes. Using the

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PMW-EX1, it meant we had room for more equipment, such as a lightweight crane for sweeping shots around the site,” says Pearson. Shot on four 16GB and four 8GB SxS Pro memory cards, the media was downloaded onto PC laptops, reviewed with Sony clipbrowser software and backed up onto two separate hard drives before the media was cleared from the memory cards for re-use. Pearson recalls: “It made complete sense to use the

PMW-EX1 because it’s so compact and the picture quality is just brilliant. After a proper grade, when it’s compared to the rest of the film shot on the HDW- F900R, there isn’t a lot of difference, at least not to the untrained eye.” Atlantic’s head of content distribution James Taylor adds: “The EX1 gave us the intimacy as well as the high production values expected of a Discovery high-end special these days.”

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