“I love this tripod. I have used it in all types of shooting conditions and feel it is one of the most rugged tripods I have ever used.”
These are big raps from a guy that puts himself and his kit right in the firing line. Jim recently completed a stunning and dramatic documentary: Fighting Fire with Fire: Saving West Glacier, shot with his Canon XL-1s supported by the DS10. It doesn’t stop there for Pete’s sake, as Jim also edited the doco on Final cut Pro and his G5, and music-scored it on his 76 key Korg Triton Pro!
In amongst the action
75% of Fighting Fire with Fire was shot by Jim using the DS10 system, with hand held and telephoto making up the balance. “I have 100-400mm Canon EF lens that I use on an Canon XL-1s for extreme close-up shots. I am also looking at the new Arrow 30 and SOLO VJ system from Miller for this type of shooting.”
Fighting Fire gives the viewer a firefighters’ perspective on the tactics used to save this historic area of the past. You’ll almost feel the heat from outside the window of a helicopter as the spectacular view of the Robert Fire threatens below. From the shore of Lake McDonald you watch Twin Pro Canadian Super coopers from Minnesota's DNRC drop out of the smoke to fill their fuselages with 1,200 gallons of water in less than 30 seconds.
The Western United States has been experiencing a severe drought for many years, and partly because of this, fires have been ravaging the region's dry forests. Virtually every state in the region has experienced forest fires in the last four years. One state, Montana, has experienced some really devastating infernos.
When it came to forest regeneration, Jim was also there with his Canon Miller combo, shooting close-ups of the flora and fauna’s struggle for a new life in a post-fire environment.
Often under fire
Montana resident Jim has documented several of these fires, including the state's Robert, Wedge, and Trapper Creek fires, the 2000 fires that burned through Western Montana, and the West Glacier fire of 2003, of which more than 145,000 acres of forest park land burned. His previous work, Firestorm 2000, has appeared in several other fire-related productions, including The History Channel'sFire on the Mountain, Discovery Channel's A View From Above, and NOVA's Fire Wars.
He has won a silver and bronze Telly award as well as a gold Aurora award for his work, as well as Merit awards from the International Wildlife Film Festival.
Note: Some background on Jim for this article was gratefully provided by www.DVformat.com from an online article by Senior Editor John Virata. Thanks Charlie and John.