CREATIVE BRIEF

Collective Hunch was tasked by Room 608 and The Discovery Channel to solve the following production problem: Build out an equipment package and design a production and post-production workflow to document a massive caving expedition in the remote mountains of Mexico, off the grid, for three consecutive months. We had to produce the film from a tent basecamp, in a cloud forest, two hours by foot to the nearest village. Did we mention that it rained nearly the entire time?

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CREATIVE APPROACH

We geared up with 15 waterproof cameras and 8 custom audio recorders for the underground crew. We trained 4 of the 50 elite caving team members to document their own journey, miles underground. We built out an Everest style basecamp tent village to offload massive amounts of media that came out of the cave on a daily basis. We charged our batteries using generators and solar panels. We also shot the basecamp story unfolding on the surface with cinema cameras. And we ate a whole lot of beans and rice.

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CREATIVE & CREDITS

TIMELINE
2 months pre-production
3 months production
6 months post-production

SERVICES
PRE-PRODUCTION equipment build out and procurement, logistics and planning
PRODUCTION field producing and directing, cinematography, media management, field rough cutting
POST-PRODUCTION editorial supervision, color correction

DELIVERABLE
TV hour documentary (42 minutes)

DISTRIBUTION
The Discovery Channel

CREDITS
Producer/Director/DP Zachary Fink
Co-Producer Anna Bowers
Executive Producers Jonathan Halperin and Mark Mannuci

PRODUCED BY Room 608

Read about the expedition in this feature article from The New Yorker

Footage & Photography © Discovery Communications