One Strange Rock
Working on visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky's 'One Strange Rock' was an extraordinary photographic journey. The reach of the series was bold and ambitious and the extensive creative team from Nutopia that produced it an inspiration to work with.
Filming with the astronauts and hearing their perspective on our planet was fascinating... particularly the extensive work I got to do with the legendary Chris Hadfield a man who has photographed our planet so beautifully from space.
The series took teams to some of the most extraordinary corners of the earth to capture the photographic majesty and mystery of our 'strange rock'. An extensive shoot in Svalbard with maestro director Graham Booth shooting calving icebergs, was a spectacular event that I will never forget. The perpetual daylight, crispness of atmosphere and drama of the landscape was a constantly mesmerising and stunning experience.
I utilised Red Weapon cameras shooting with a mix of Angenieux Optimo zooms and Arri Zeiss Ultraprimes. Drones, gimbals and slow motion photography were an ongoing feature of the flagship 4K series for National Geographic.
There were also extensive sessions of macro photography. As always with high speed macro work the lighting requirements were enormous. Here an Alpha 9K and Alpha 4K at close quarters for T11 slow motion on Red and Phantom cameras.
The series has had an enormous reception from both critics and audiences and I feel proud and humbled to have played a role in its masterful creation.