RIVERS OF THE UNDERWORLD
"Expeditions are the lifeblood of adventure filmmaking. In
the process of classic filmmaking the primary object and cinematic
responsibility is to subjugate the photography to the story, however
film being a visual medium we are always looking for new ways to
record our experiences...."
Gordon jumps off a waterfall next to Doug Ammons in Chiapas Mexico.
This was only after free-diving the landing to check the depth and
building a special underwater housing.
"It is hard to imagine the exhilaration when all the elements
come together to give you such an eloquent way to get a shot."
Thangboche Monastery on the way to Everest.
"The Sun had not quite melted the previous night's snow from
the brush in the foreground when I grabbed this shot."
There are times when it is prudent to qualify your mode of travel
"While scouting the Nile for "Mystery
of the Nile" IMAX we flew low on the river in this old
Russian MI17. When we would bank you could feel the whole helicopter
shake under the strain. I kept thinking about how many aircraft
I had heard about now living in the bottom of the Grand Canyon and
wondering how much time these pilots had on the stick"
Gordon with crew on Kilimanjaro filming "3 Peaks 3 Weeks"
with Serac Adventure Films
"Our biggest challenge was getting far enough ahead to set
up our jib before the 10 girls we were filming showed up. Luckily
the guides were pacing them very well, In this case we only had
to ask them to stop for a minute or so while we found the shot and
set up the Microjib."
"I have modified all of the equipment I own to be as portable
and fast as possible since I don't have the luxury of operating
out of the back of a camera car on most shoots, we are usually miles
from the nearest road...."
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