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Cinematographer @robthecameraman sharing his experience shooting in Madagascar for ’Planet Earth II’. [9 of 9] It was mixed emotions for me whilst filming this biblical creature, with all the troubles we had to find them. Then being in the middle of this epic swarm, locust bouncing off me as I filmed them and the beautiful sound of shimmering little wingbeats all around me. But then I watched the farmers sit

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Cinematographer @robthecameraman sharing his experience shooting in Madagascar for ’Planet Earth II’. [8 of 9] But I soon realised, there is another side to these sociable insects. One of the location where we settled the helicopter down I met a local farmer, dressed in just a ripped pair of shorts and a piece of cloth, he sat on a termite mound watching helplessly as the Locust devoured all his crops

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Cinematographer @robthecameraman sharing his experience shooting in Madagascar for ’Planet Earth II’. [7 of 9] Finally, we found a swarm of biblical proportions, from the air you could not even see where the shimmering cloud ended. We settled down in front of the locust and it took over an hour for the entire swarm to pass over our heads, then it would be back in the helicopter to fly in

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Cinematographer @robthecameraman sharing his experience shooting in Madagascar for ’Planet Earth II’. [6 of 9] Madagascar is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, which means that roads are often little more than just dirt tracks. With the rains that had hit these areas just before we arrived and the consistent large down pour since we had been here the roads had turned more like into

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Cinematographer @robthecameraman sharing his experience shooting in Madagascar for ’Planet Earth II’. [5 of 9] Our team found a great spot to film the hoppers, conveniently it was only an hour away from the hotel. News must have travelled of our whereabouts and after a few days of filming 2 large pickup trucks turned up and 6 guys got out. They had heated discussion with our fixer apparently warning us

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Cinematographer @robthecameraman sharing his experience shooting in Madagascar for ’Planet Earth II’. [4 of 9] With a @RTMotion follow focus that I can control with a thumb wheel, I can be a completely independent cameraman allowing me to keep up with the swarm. I used a @Teradek bolt for wireless video, which allowed @EdCharles5, the producer, to be able to watch the footage from afar and the REDMOTE allowed me

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Cinematographer @robthecameraman sharing his experience shooting in Madagascar for ’Planet Earth II’. [3 of 9] One of the many benefits of using cameras with larger sensors for natural history filmmaking is that we can use post stabilisation. Most of the wildlife series I work on are deliverable at 4K, meaning that if you shoot at 6k you can image stabilise and still deliver a 4K image. I use a lot

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Cinematographer @robthecameraman sharing his experience shooting in Madagascar for ’Planet Earth II’. [2 of 9] The @freeflysystems MoVI only had a payload of 10lbs back then so RED EPIC DRAGON carbon fiber was the perfect lighweight camera for this set up. The RED’s small form factor means I can add other accessories like a @RTMotion follow focus and @Teradek wireless video transmitter. I used a set of @Nikonlenses ranging

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Cinematographer @robthecameraman sharing his experience shooting in Madagascar for ’Planet Earth II’. [1 of 9] The most important thing about taking on any natural history sequence is to RESEARCH your subject and environment. In this case of working with locust I needed to make sure I had enough batteries to last a few days for both the @freeflysystems MoVI and the RED EPIC camera, we never knew if we would

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From first filming underwater in Thailand to working with the Save Our Seas Foundation and promoting the utility of renewable fuels through film, Rob Drewett has captured countless hours of footage from around the world and has loved every second of it. This is why going to Madagascar to shoot a swarm of several billions of locust for ’Planet Earth II’ wasn’t too much of an arm twist. Please

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