March 2, 2011
By Kelvin Ong
Eching – The Arctic wilderness of eastern Greenland provided the backdrop for art house film project The Sound of Greenland, which visualizes noises, sound spheres, and moods. In the film Echoes, director Ivalo Frank combines expressive pictures with sounds of the surreal coastal landscape of Greenland together with sound artist Max Schneider and cinematographer Anni Seitz. For this, the camera crew around Seitz relied on the FSB 8 fluid head and the Speed Lock 75 CF tripod from Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand, and used them to explore eastern Greenland for eight days – always on the lookout for extraordinary pictures and sound sources. “We were on the move in sun, rain, wind, and cold – by motorboat or on Greenland’s rough terrain,” says Seitz. This is why the crew only used equipment that was robust enough and easy to carry. “Sachtler makes the best fluid heads,” emphasizes Seitz. Not only was she able to rely on the robustness of the equipment under extreme conditions, the FSB 8 also enabled dependably smooth and steady pans for the atmospheric shots. Because of its low weight, the Speed Lock 75 CF tripod had the advantage of being easy to transport in the often rough terrain of the Greenlandic coastal region. In addition, it could be placed quickly on the terrain, with the mid-level spreader providing perfect stabilization. The crew used a Sony EX3 camcorder.