We hope you have been enjoying (and sharing!) our new EcoCamp Patagonia video. To give you an insider’s view into what went on when we sent this film crew to Torres del Paine National Park, it’s now time to go behind the scenes!
Catching a very early morning flight from Santiago (5am), the film crew headed to Punta Arenas, Southern Chile, ready to film Torres del Paine National Park and the experiences offered to EcoCamp Patagonia guests.
Not just any film crew, this is Chile's leading nature film crew. The team behind wildlife documentary ‘Wild Expectations’, including 4-time Emmy award winning director Christian Muñoz-Donoso and the innovative director/producer/adventurer René Araneda. Then there was Executive Producer Gabriel O'Rorke, a British journalist and former BBC News Producer who came up with the concept of filming experiences rather than facilities, set up the shoot and took charge of the location logistics.
First up: nature!
One of many rises before the sun afforded the crew unbeatable shots of guanacos bathed in golden light.
Another crack of dawn start brought the crew down to Laguna Azul where groups gathered to photograph the famous Towers bathed in first light.
Later that day the crew came back down Laguna Azul to film some shots on two wheels, undoubtedly one of the best ways to see the park. Speaking of highlights, however, there is one shot that stands out above the rest...
The filming happened to coincide with EcoCamp's first Patagonia Puma Tracking expedition during which guests saw a total of six pumas over four days of morning and evening outings in Torres del Paine National Park! The crew accompanied the Puma Tracking guests on just one morning outing and were extremely lucky to film a puma prowling, lying in the shade and wandering over the hillside. Check out the video for the winning shot of this beautiful puma jumping up the rocks.
And, of course, no video would be complete without some proper trekking in front of the Paine Massif. Here EcoCamp Patagonia guide Gonzalo leads the group along a ridge in front of the 'cuernos' or horns. Some of the most iconic hikes in the park include the Base of the Towers, French Valley and Glacier Grey, but in three days of filming in the park, there wasn't time to take on a full Torres del Paine W Trek. Also, have you ever tried carrying a tripod....?! There's a reason not many people take them trekking!
All too soon, the three days came to and end and the crew retraced their footsteps by van and plane to Santiago. Less than a month later, René had finished his magic in the edit suite, the footage had been colour corrected and three original songs were written for EcoCamp to go with the video.
The reception in the Santiago office of Cascada, the mother company of EcoCamp was summed up by Co-Founder and Director Javier López who said:
"I think the video is excellent, it truly hits the communicational and visual tone I wanted!"
- Javier López - EcoCamp Co-Founder