Director and DP Nino Leitner Withstands the South African Heat with Sachtler
Director and DP
Every day, three rhinos are killed for their horn in South Africa. With so much senseless slaughtering, rhinos have become one of the most critically endangered species in the world. To help shed some light on this issue, Austrian director and cinematographer Nino Leitner traveled to the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa to shoot a documentary on preserving the endangered Rhinos in the area. Through the Thick follows the rangers down at the reserve who help protect the rhinos from constant poachers.
“I don’t think humans have the right to decide which animals are allowed to live or become extinct. It’ll be heartbreaking if those animals go extinct, but what’s even worse is how upset it makes my daughter. She’s four years old and can’t grasp the concept of why people would want to kill an animal like this,” said Andrew Kearney, Ranger Manager of the Shamwari Game Reserve, at the start of the film.
To accompany him through the tough terrain and severe heat, Leitner needed the right gear to tell the story accurately. Among other equipment, he utilized the smooth operation and reliability of the Sachtler FSB 8 and Video 18 tripod systems along with the Phantom Flex 4K high-speed digital camera to capture incredible, slow motion shots of the majestic animals as they ran across the open fields.