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Ever since i have finished filming for the BBC film Leopards - 21st century cat, my fascination for non traditional imaging has increased manyfold. We used 3 different imaging systems to capture footage of leopards at night. All three had their advantages and short comings but in the end they mixed together beautifully to create an absorbing film with some really unique sequences. In this series of articles i wanted to talk about the various approaches we took to achieve it.
Everything is still so vivid in my mind. Still not fully awake, I am pushing 3 trolleys with thirty six pieces of luggage, trying to navigate the early morning passenger traffic. I get weird looks as i labour along, trying to keep the trolleys in line. People seem to instinctively know that I am film crew, whispering to themselves and glancing over their backs. I check-in 245 kilos of excess baggage and pay almost 5 times my ticket fare for it.
I stared down into a tiny pool of water and watched a small group of langurs drink. They were very nervous, hardly drinking and ever vigilant. They had every reason to be alert. I was waiting here since morning to film a tigress bringing her four little cubs to water. And this little pool of water was her favorite. A tigress with cubs is wary and suspicious, if she even sensed that there was a fidgety cameraman waiting on top of a tree for her, she might not even show up.