Nepal Documentary Advice
Posted 20 February 2007 - 03:05 PM
So I am going to be following a Catholic Zen Monk through India and Nepal. We will be backpacking 14 days up to Everest Base Camp and back. Right now I am thinking that I am going to try to connect the idea of Zen Spirituality with Everest and "A Gentle Walk through the park" as the monk calls it, as well as my experience making the film and finding my own spirituality.
?Canon XL2 with the 20x Lens
?Kata Backpack for the Camera
?6 BP945 (Cheap Ebay Knockoffs) and a Dual Battery CH-910
?Oktava MC012 Mic and Boom Setup - 30ft. XLR cable
?Sennheiser G2 Wireless System with Countryman B6
?3 Filters: UV, Circular Polarizer, and Graduated ND
?Kata Rain Cover
?60 Tapes - Panasonic PQ
?Backup Camera - Sony Consumer TRV50 with 2 Batteries and a Light
?Various Cleaning - Lens Pen, Fluid, etc.
I will be shooting in 24pa 16x9
I am going to have a sound assistant, who also has a high quality handheld audio recorder, called a Zoom. Records onto SD Cards.
Since I will be putting all this gear on my back, I am trying to keep the weight down. For about 6 days there will be no electricity, which is why I have 6 batteries. 2 with the dual battery seem to last for a good 10 hours.
Has anybody filmed in this area and has any suggestions?
One issue Im a little nervous about is customs. I am supposed to get film permits, but I can't afford it, so I am going to claim everything is personal. (Thought about calling myself a bird watcher, gonna brush up on my bird knowledge). All the equipment is in one bag, except for the tripod and boom pole. I have also been giving tapes to different people to bring in.
So any advice or ideas concerning the doc idea, equipment, or anything else would be extremely helpful.
Posted 20 February 2007 - 03:13 PM
The Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) will pay you 3 million for this
Posted 20 February 2007 - 03:57 PM
Search the forum. We have some Nepalese members.
Posted 20 February 2007 - 04:29 PM
If you are on Journalist visa then its okay. Nepal is bit unpredictable, anyway. Video Camera is fine you could be a visitor who is carrying a personal camera of your own, making videos of your own trip. But with BOOM rods and Tripod am not sure how they going to look at the whole thing. Tripod (esp. Video/film ones) and boom rod invites lot of attention. It shouldn't be a problem if you have papers. In India things should be better.
I shot with Panasonic dvx100 in India and Pakistan we had radio mics and a Sennheiser K6 mostly on camera. They normally don't check what you are carrying as a foreign tourist and Photograph/Video equipment goes in easily.
Posted 20 February 2007 - 05:18 PM
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Posted 20 February 2007 - 07:00 PM
Im actually flying to lukla, then hiking from there. The hike itself isn't too hard, 5 miles a day. The altitude will be a problem maybe. I've been up to 14,500 without a problem, but I also wasn't carrying 45lbs of equipment. I am gonna have 60 tapes for the entire month, and I will probably send them back DHL as I shoot them, so no risk of getting them confiscated. Probably wouldn't hurt to carry a lot of cash, to pay people off perhaps.
Brandon, you won't have to carry anything. It will be quite easy for you to hire assistants in the Khumbu Valley. I never had to pay any bribes when I was in this part of the world, but who knows what it is like now that Maoist factions are making a project out of blowing things up in the region. That means there will likely be more of a military presence. When I was there, I never saw police, military or anything like that - just monks, tourists Tibetan refugees and people living their every day lives there.
Looks like lots of people video recording things up there based on a Khumbu YouTube search:
maybe you should contact some of these folks.