During the shoot we experienced temperatures that were never warmer than -20ºC and frequently plummeted down as low as -30ºC + wind chill factor.
Many days we drove over two hundred kilometres on our snow mobiles in very difficult terrain and conditions as we searched for wildlife. We experienced three cases of first and second degree frostbite during the filming as well as a lot of failed equipment as a result of the extreme cold. Each day involved 14-16 hours in the field.
We had batteries that would lose their charge in mere minutes, drones that wouldn't power up and fly, cameras that wouldn't turn on, steady-cams that would not remain steady, HDMI cables that became brittle and snapped in the cold, frozen audio equipment, broken LCD mounts, broken down snow mobiles and more. We existed on a diet of freeze dried cod and pasta washed down with tepid coffee and the occasional frozen mars bar.
But in spite of the conditions, it was one of the most rewarding shoots we have all been involved in.
Director: Abraham Joffe ACS
Cinematography: Abraham Joffe ACS + Dom West
Edit: Dom West
Colour: Dom West + Fred El Harris
Photographer: Joshua Holko
Guide: Frede Lamo
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an excerpt from Sweetgrass Productions' VALHALLA
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