A 28 day test of endurance
It’s 5.30am, and we’re up in the mountains at Phoenix Park in PyeongChang, South Korea, where all the cool winter sports like the Half-pipe and Slope-style hang out. The sky is orange. It’s going to be a beautiful day. There’s just one problem. Well two actually. It’s –20 degrees, and there’s no getting away from it…the camera kit is really heavy.
We knew filming in PyeongChang during the Olympic Games was going to be challenging and cold. Spending all day on a mountain in sub-zero temperatures while trying to operate cameras was definitely a test. There we were in our multiple layers, hats, gloves, hand warmers and foot warmers – and a sleek athlete would speed by in skin-tight lycra. Not that we wanted to be wearing lycra, but you get the picture. We, along with the thousands of other photographers and video crews, take on their own endurance test, not just against the elements but with a mission to get the best footage we can.
In this case we had four crews filming for 28 days straight, regularly working brutally long hours. We climbed mountains, interviewed some of the biggest winter stars, found inspirational stories to tell; as well as filming cars, trains and planes, generators, evacuation tunnels, some serious technology and everything else in between. It’s a challenge for everyone involved, and we are so proud of the commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism everyone showed to deliver fantastic footage for us to work with. We shot 350 hours of footage including 215 interviews, collectively walked 1400 miles, totalling 3 million steps and John got just over 100 hours sleep in one month. The rest of us didn’t get much more. But it was so worth it.