, an information/education specialist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service , is ìon loanî to the National Park Service
as the director/producer and underwater shooter for the Glacier Bay project.His
production team includes Dr. Philip Hooge and Jeff Mondragon of the U.S. Geological Survey.The production schedule will be three 10-day shoots in June , July and August.Post-production will take place early next year , with delivery of a finished production for the summer 2001 season.Brooks , a veteran documentary cameraman and director , was a full-time producer/director of interpretive programs for the National Park Service for many years prior to his current assignment
camera work has been seen on many networks , including the Discovery Channel , ABC , NBC
, and he
has won several Telly Awards.Earlier this spring , he
used Panasonicís AJ-D910WA 2/3î 3-CCD EFP/ENG DVCPRO50 camcorder to document the release of condors in the rugged Sespe Condor Sanctuary near the town of Fillmore
in Ventura County , CA.
High-definition is a great fit for this project , î said Brooks
.Video has traditionally behaved well underwater , because water performs like a huge light-diffusing tent.There are no harsh highlights underwater.But what video lacked , versus film , was vivid colors and high-resolution.Now , HD has restored the vibrancy of colors and incredible detail to a medium that inherently works well submerged.
Also , HDTV offers production immediacies we could never achieve with film.
The AJ-HDC20A , Brooks
noted , will be subjected to the harshest environment save the moonî on this shoot , conditions he
described as ìhigh humidity , salt water and bouncing boats.î The underwater housing for the camcorder is being supplied by Pace Technologies.