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At Conservation Media, we believe that the production of conservation-based media should not come with a significant conservation cost so we not only talk the talk, but we walk it too. We strive for carbon neutral productions that utilize solar, rechargeables, and ultra-high efficiency field vehicles.
We currently use a JVC GY-HD Series camera for our long lens acquisition. It shoots 720p at 24fps. We love it for the durability and the fact that old Nikon primes fit on there and give us a GREAT magnification because the lenses project onto a 1/3″ chip. We’ll get over it soon, though. We’re transitioning over to 1080p of the Canon 7D.
This is the next acquisition tool for Conservation Media. It’s light and shoots really high quality images onto compact flash cards, so no more tapes. This is the camera that has a tiny footprint and can go WAY into the back country.
At Conservation Media, we charge all of our HD cameras with the sun. We use these lightweight, highly portable SolarRolls. You can get them from several places, but ours comes from Brunton. They are a truly amazing backcountry tool for green filmmaking.
All of our studio and field lighting is cast by ultra high-efficiency LED equipment run by batteries charged by the SUN!!!! We turn sunlight back into light. Very cool.
For interviews, we use LitePanels 1×1 LED lights. These are by far the best on the market.
We’ve just purchased a 1996 Daihatsu Deck Van because we believe this is the perfect field production vehicle for us. It gets around 35mpg, yet it’s 4WD and has a 3″ lift kit installed. Being small and ultra-light, while still rugged, allows us to get where the stories are without leaving a huge footprint.
By summer of next year, we hope to replace the deckvan’s gasoline engine with a 3cyl diesel engine and install a tank in the bed for used veggie oil. We will then have arrived at Green Field Production Bliss. This whole process will certainly be thoroughly documented in our blog, so sign up for the RRS or email updates to get details as they emerge.