Braving the elements

Cinematographer David Linstrom goes to freezing Arctic with the Sony PDW-F800 and Sachtler Video 20 S1 to capture polar bears for National Geographic Wild.

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When cinematographer David Linstrom signed on to shoot a segment of National Geographic Wild- America’s Big Five, he turned to Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand, for camera support. “This segment is about scientists from the United States Geological Survey, conducting a study on polar bears,” he explains. “They go out across the frozen sea from the town of Deadhorse, on the northern slope near the Arctic, and look for bears on the ice. When they find a bear that hasn’t been tagged before, they shoot it from a distance with a tranquilizer dart. After it becomes immobilized, they land and go to work taking the bear’s vitals – tagging, weighing and logging the information into their record book.

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