Conditions were almost unimaginably challenging, with mud, wind, waves, sand, silt, salt water and changing conditions working against the filmmakers, but also playing starring roles. At one point, the VENICE was mounted to an F-16 Falcon fighter jet that flew at more than 600 miles per hour. Throughout the full 15 months of continuous shooting there was not a single camera system issue. “There’s no other camera I’ve seen with this durability,” says Harrewijn. “It just keeps going. I tried to break it, but it just won’t break!
“We were traveling up and down the coast, mostly filming on boats, without much space and sometimes without electricity to copy the footage,” says Harrewijn. “We had to rely on shooting AXS cards, and especially on a film with a budget like this one, the smaller file size [of the X-OCN ST codec] is very helpful. But we still kept the possibility of RAW footage. I think for documentary, this capability might inspire people to go more into large format.”
Harrewijn says that he and de Kroon have been overwhelmed by the response to the film. Doc Edge, the New Zealand-based festival dedicated to showcasing documentary film, called it “a spellbinding cinematic tour de force.”