(August 24, 2009) Thanks to help from Petrol’s rain covers protecting his camera and lenses, Idaho-based wildlife cinematographer Bob Poole was able to get up close and personal with gorillas in their native environment for National Geographic’s Explorer episode “Gorilla Murders”. The stunning footage helped catch the eye of the Emmy judges, resulting in four Emmy nominations.
While principal shooter Erin Harvey concentrated on the events surrounding the execution-style murder of six mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, Poole shot extreme details of the gorillas (eyes, fingers, etc.), so that the editors could cut back and forth between the story of corruption and greed and the gorillas. “Rain was a big issue,” Poole explains. “But I never worried about my trusty Sony F900 camera or Fujinon 16.5x25mm lens and image stabilizer. I simply put them under my favorite piece of gear, a Petrol rain cover.
“Petrol has saved me so many times,” he explains. “Since I discovered their products, I don’t put my camera in a case. I put it on a saddlebag and cover it with a rain cover. The camera always stays clean and running, even during the continuous rain that I had to contend with while I got in close to show the gorillas and how they really are so much like us.”
The careful intercutting of the shocking story of corruption and how Virunga has become one of the most dangerous places on earth, and the very personal images of these helpless mountain gorillas, made such a powerful National Geographic episode that it has been nominated in four News and Documentary categories: Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Cinematography, Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Editing, Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form, and Best Documentary.
For further information on this and other Petrol products, visit http://www.petrolbags.com
or contact: Petrol, 709 Executive Blvd., Valley College, NY 10989, Phone: 845-268-0100, Fax: 845-268-0113, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petrol is a leading producer of professional carrying bags and accessories for portable cameras, lighting, audio, support and other production equipment. The Petrol product family encompasses a full line of layered, multi-compartment bags, backpacks, cases, pouches, protective gear and more. Petrol works closely with industry professionals to create carrying systems designed for safe transport as well as quick and easy access on the job. Along with five other leading brands in the broadcast industry, Petrol is part of Camera Dynamics Inc., which in turn is part of the Vitec Group of companies.
About The Vitec Group plc
The Vitec Group plc is a global leader in the supply of equipment and services to the broadcast, electronic media, photographic and live events industries, and is rapidly extending its reach into related areas such as government, security and defence. Vitec's many industry-leading product brands have established a formidable reputation for innovation, technical excellence, and superior service and support. The diverse range of brands are united by a common Vitec Group commitment to delivering a world-class customer experience, and a visionary approach to the future. This befits an enterprise which has grown both organically and by acquisition to incorporate over 2000 employees worldwide and achieve a 2008 turnover of almost half a billion dollars. Vitec Group products are distributed in almost 100 countries, through both direct sales and by means of a strong, fully-resourced distribution network.
More information can be found at http://www.vitecgroup.com