Director/Cinematographer Clinton Harn Trusts Sachtler out in the Blistering Sand Dunes of Australia
Capturing an extreme sport in action requires some pretty extreme environments, which is why Director and DP Clinton Harn traveled two hours north of Sydney, Australia in the middle of summer for an extreme quad biking commercial. Unfortunately, Harn knew that when it comes to protecting your camera equipment from sand, there’s not much you can do other than hope it doesn’t get too windy while you’re shooting.
“The project was based in a part of Stockton where you’re surrounded by sand dunes. And for that area at that particular time during the summer, it can get gruesomely hot and windy. And despite the combination of sand, wind, and heat, we still had to be able to get the job done without damaging the equipment in the process,” explained Harn.
For this specific project, Harn worked with the latest carbon fiber model of the RED Weapon Dragon with two sized compact zoom lenses. While he used gimbal systems and aerial drones for the more wide, establishing shots, Harn employed the latest Video 18 S2 from Sachtler to capture those steady up-close shots. An upgrade to their classic Video 18 S1, Sachtler’s Video 18 S2 offers 4 kg more payload than the original, so Harn could accommodate different camera builds with its wide payload range and strong German engineering.