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OF A FOREST,’ FINALIST IN INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL, SHOT WITH JVC PROHD CAMCORDER
- WAYNE, NJ (September
– A new
of a Forest,
explores how warmer winters are allowing pine beetles to survive in
higher numbers and, as a result, kill millions of acres of pine tree
forests in the western United States and Canada. The project, which
was shot primarily with the JVC GY-HM700U ProHD camcorder, was named
a Finalist in the Shorts category at the 2011 International Forest
Film Festival (IFFF), a collaboration between the United Nations
Forum on Forests and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival based
in Jackson Hole, Wy.
- Death of a Forest was
shot over several years across the region by Mike
Pellegatti, who runs Phoenix-based Wild Visions, Inc.
Pellegatti would go to the same
locations year after year to collect wildlife stock footage for his
clients, and noticed that some areas of forest were becoming more
dead over time. “I just started documenting little bits of it,”
he recalled. “I had no intention to do anything with it.”
- Last fall, however, he heard about the film
competition – and Pellegatti, who tries to limit his own impact on
the environment, decided it was an important story to tell. With
only a month to produce the short, he and writer Lance Schelvan were
able to develop a script and edit together video footage from
Pellegatti’s extensive catalog, including an interview with Dr.
Jesse Logan, who had worked as a research entomologist for the U.S.
Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s Interior West Bark
Beetle Project. Encouraged by his success at the IFFF, Pellegatti is
now hoping to produce an hour-long documentary on the subject.
- While Pellegatti has used many cameras to
shoot stock footage, including a JVC GY-HD200U for some of the older
shots in Death of a Forest,
his camera of choice these days is the GY-HM700U. Unlike some
cameras, which he considers far too menu driven, he said the
lightweight ProHD camera has easily accessible controls. “Everything
is where it needs to be, I don’t have to hunt for anything,” he
said. “Because of its size, it’s easy to stop along the trail
and take shots. It’s built like a production camera should be.”
- Pellegatti said the camera has functioned
well in weather extremes, from the -20 degree cold climates of the
Rocky Mountains to the 112 degree desert heat of Arizona and the
humidity of Panama. With no tape mechanism to maintain, he said the
GY-HM700U has eliminated significant operational issues and
maintenance costs. Plus, he said it is easy to work with the SDHC
media cards, and they have eliminated the dropouts associated with
videotape. “The integration with the .MOV files and Final Cut Pro
is really pretty sweet,” he added.
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- Caption: Mike Pellegatti of Wild Visions,
Inc., used JVC camcorders to shoot footage for his documentary,
Death of a Forest,
which was named a
Finalist in the Shorts category at the 2011 International Forest
Film Festival (IFFF).