Danco - Tuesday April 6th.
Today we leave for Prospect Point, an abandoned base in a much sorrier state of repair than Danco. It's a chance for the Rockhopper TV Team to reflect on the less glamorous side of our dizzy business of film making. After the glitz of penguin poo and sacks of 50-year-old detritus we now have to concentrate on the grimy side of our job.
We have shot hours and hours footage. Weeks of footage, soon to be months of footage. More than we need by mile or three of digital tape. Since Luke shot it and Saritha produced it, the pictures will be great. John Shears and Dave Burkitt are nothing short of Bravura!! Encore! and can you do that again please - we need a reverse angle. Rebecca from ANZ is now by far the most filmed person ever when it comes to getting out of tents (we never film her getting in, how pointless would that be?). Tula the Landing Craft has circumnavigated the globe in real time. Put end to end all our tapes will make a movie that is longer than the expedition has been. In bringing 4 cameras and using them all the time we have created a monster: the 96-hour day. 7 weeks of 96-hour days. Well, almost. But imagine ...
It's all on tape and that's the problem. Before we can edit, the pictures must be transferred to a computer hard drive. It's the Rockhopper 'gash job' in extremis, and I've got it. Deep in the bowels of the Shackleton I will be burning the midnight oil. It takes about an hour to view and digitise 30 minutes of footage, so I'll be back on deck in 14 weeks time. Perhaps they'll let me out for a while at Prospect Point
Meanwhile: Play it again, Dave Burkitt. And again. Look, sorry,
but could you just do that one more ....
The last loads leave Danco. John Shears pauses to smile.