Shackleton Legacy have first hand experience of assisting UK/US television and film production companies. Our lead historian, Seb Coulthard, was appointed expedition engineer during the highly acclaimed 2013 documentary film 'Shackleton: Death or Glory' (Discovery Channel), and 'Chasing Shackleton' (PBS America). Various TV roles have allowed him to gain first hand experience of 4K filming, selecting suitable filming locations and delivering pieces to camera (PTC) alongside on-screen talent and hosts.
Seb and the James Caird replica aslo featured in the 2017 factual documentary Mysteries in the Museum: Race to the Antarctic, hosted by Don Wildman. Together they explored Shackleton's amazing tale of survival producing a 43 minute documentary for international broadcast.
Many factors have to be taken into account prior to producing a period film or history documentary where attention to detail is key in passing public scrutiny. Shackleton Legacy are experts in this field, able to advise on period clothing, vintage equipment, food provisions, mountaineering safety, support vessels, use of aircraft and off-road vehicles, and most important of all the interpretation of historical accounts.
Shackleton Legacy staff are trained as Remote Areas Medics with specialist training in hostile and challenging environments first aid. Shackleton Legacy also work in conjunction with world leading remote medical support companies who can provide UK HCPC paramedics with suitable experience for specific locations. Your crew will be in safe hands with a multi-disciplined medic appointed by us.
James Caird: Prop Hire
The J. CAIRD replica can be equipped with a fixed-rig system that runs with minimal input from the crew for up to 24 hours (20 days un-interrupted filming). A six-man expedition team working three-hour shift patterns: steering the boat, cooking food and sleeping, as well as shooting handheld footage, communicating with the production team and keeping on top of story lines is completely feasible depending on the production budget.
Fixed waterproof mini-cam positions can include but are not limited to:
Top of each mast with a birds-eye wide-angle view of the boat
Framing positions around the helm
Various internal living space views
Moveable mini-cams on the exterior
First man perspectives using head mounted cameras
Fixed underwater views
The larger 4K cameras and their waterproof housings require heavier mountings to stop them being ripped off by wave generating systems (studio pools) and mishandling at sea. Bespoke fittings and cable runs can be accommodated. Fixed gun mics in each of the main camera positions, plus radio mics worn by the crew can allow up to four channel sound recording with surprisingly good quality despite weather conditions.
Shackleton Legacy Ltd can advise on the layout of camera recording systems, handheld video cameras, and photographic cameras. When submerging cameras in water, adequate waterproofing measures will be required along with additional insurance.