FILMING ELEPHANTS: Praveen Singh travelled all over India to highlight endangered animals in many types of terrain, for the second season of On the Brink

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FILMING ELEPHANTS
For the segment on Indian elephants, Singh and his crew traveled to Corbett National Park, about 300 km north of New Delhi. “The elephant is India’s heritage animal and is classified endangered, mainly because of its loss of habitat,” said Singh. “It’s the best place to see elephants in the wild in northern India and the grasslands of Dhikala, inside the park, offers amazing views. I’ve been fascinated and mesmerised by this place since my first visit there, way back in 1989!”
Finding the elephants was not a problem. Instead, the film crew’s main challenge was to adapt the camera angles easily for elephant-eye-level shots or at ground level, such as scenes of the huge mammals in the river. “flowtech and our Sachtler Sachtler Video 18-S2 fluid head gave us that flexibility. We did all of our shooting from the jeep, with the flowtech at full height. Even completely extended and strapped in to the jeep, the tripod gave us rock-steady stability without occupying too much space in the jeep,” he elaborated.

He used the Sachtler head both: on the flowtech and as a fixed bowl mount on the side of the jeep. According to Singh, since the head is light, it is easy to move it back and forth between the two locations. At the same time, it has a payload capacity of more than 20 kg, which could accommodate big cameras and long lenses.

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