Production Notes

Science students at Bonga's Elementary School. Photo by David Lee Ling Wei.

We shot the documentary in over two weeks. The small production crew was hard-working, adaptable and creative. Our production office was in a van that took us around different Barangays, or districts within a municipality, in the region: Santo Domingo, Legaspi City, Daraga and Guinobatan. We used three cameras, a Canon 5D Mark II with three lenses (a 24-70mm f2.8, a 70-200mm f2.8, and a 100-400mm f4) and two Canon H1 cameras with wide angle lenses. Still photos were taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 camera. We had cloudy weather during the first days and were afraid that we would be unable to get a full shot of the volcano. Fortunately the weather changed as it frequently does in that region aptly named the Typhoon Corridor. We digitized dailies in the field using two laptops, and we did dailies reviews, selects and minor edits using Quicktime and Final Cut Pro software. Our lighting package consisted of two ARRI 300W, two 650W, plus Dedolights. We were able to find electrical power in some but not all the interview locations. We recorded sound with an Audio Technica corded lapel microphone, and a Sennheiser 416 boom microphone. ProTools software was used to create the final sound mix in stereo and 5.1, and After Effects software was used to create some animation graphics.


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