Shooting the documentary “Nevidni spomeniki”
Nevidni Spomeniki is a documentary directed by Igor Vrtačnik and shot by Analogika’s tandem Thomas Aymard and Miha Umek with the televison crew for RTV (National Slovenian Television). The narrator and presenter of the documentary is Tadej Brate, a world specialist for railway technologies.
In this show we explore the incredible work of engineers and workers who realized a train path through the Slovenian landscape from Vienna to Trieste during the 20th century. They had to imagine new architectural solutions to lead railway in the middle of Kras (Slovenian region), build the longest and highest viaducts of that time and build a wall all along the railway to fight the climate of Kras.
We had 7 days to film everything, mostly outside in the cold of Slovenian winter. We used our Sony A7S (XAVCs on SD card and Slog2/Gammut) and Samyang kit lenses + Canon 70-200mm f2.8. We made that choice because of the dynamic range and the flexibility of the body. We shot all the sequences with Tadej Brate using a slider, glide-cam and Steadicam so the camera is always moving.
The hardest part of the documentary was definitely the weather (cold, rain, snow). It made the job of the film crew (and especially Miha Umek who was the first AC) hard while switching lenses and camera set up. So we had to be imaginative and came out with a solution for protecting camera while mounted on glide-cam: by wrapping it in transparent cooking foil we were not breaking the balance of the stabilization system, we were able to see the A7s LCD, we could adjust focus/exposure and had access to every button on the body. The only problems would be changing the battery/card and overheating, but due to low temperatures, we didn’t have any issues with overheating.
It was a great experience and we were glad to be a part of it!