Dutch documentary company New Earth Films put Sound Devices 302 mixer to the test as its crew shot on-location in Greenland for its recent documentary, entitled Going North.
The mixer’s construction and compact design enabled it to withstand the harsh climate of the Greenland terrain while giving the New Earth crew more control over their audio recordings.
Going North is a five-part series that profiles the preparation and actual crossing of six Dutch natives as they fulfill their dream to cross Greenland on foot.
With the crew shooting in temperatures that reached -34 Celsius, the project required equipment designed to hold up under extreme conditions.
Over the span of 10 days at both the beginning and end of the journey, the New Earth crew gathered overview material, scenic shots as well as conducted interviews utilising Sound Devices 302 recorder along with an HDV Sony A1 camera.
Having used Sound Devices 302 in the past, New Earth producer and director of Photography Kevin Augello was quite familiar with the 302’s capabilities but, it was during a shoot in a deep freeze for Going North that reaffirmed his choice.
“The team was testing out their sleeping bags and other equipment in a deep freeze. We filmed at minus 22 with the mixer unprotected — no heat pads or anything and there was no problem,” Augello claimed.