MIDWAY V : pre-trip check-in

Dear Friends,

Here we go again, schlepping a small mountain of photo/video/sound recording gear back out to remote postage-stamp-sized Midway Island that has captured our hearts and imaginations in its powerful vortex. This time, if all goes well, we will witness and film a beautiful sight: the hatching of 300,000 baby albatrosses from their eggs. The adult albatrosses lay their eggs right on the ground, and as you know, they have no fear of humans, so we will be able to watch the little silver fluff balls emerging from their eggs from super close up. We are decked out with high-resolution camera and film gear with close-focus lenses, and lots of umbrellas and warm clothes, as the weather on Midway this time of year is stormy, wet, and cold.

Funding-wise, for this leg of the journey we are grateful to Koerner Camera in Seattle, the Compton Family Foundation in California, the Pax Natura Foundation in Salt Lake City and Aqua Hotels in Honolulu.  And as always, big love for the fab peeps at the US Fish and Wildlife Service on the island, all of whom have gone far above and beyond with their kind support of our vision.

Our A-team this trip includes Midway veterans Jan Vozenilek (Director of Photography for the film), Joe Schweers (Lead Camera and wildlife cinematography specialist), Jim Hurst (sound engineer, jib-arm expert, camera tech, and MacGyver-of-all-trades), Victoria Jordan (team poet, line producer, and my indispensable companion and soul mate).

We’ll be on the island Feb 2-16, and we plan on making lots of short behind-the-scenes videos to share with you during this trip, so stay tuned. Wish us luck, and looking forward to checking in from Midway!





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  1. Posted January 28, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Wishing you and the rest of the team a very successful journey, and I’m very much looking forward to the behind-the-scenes videos!

  2. Tom Armstrong
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Have a safe and great time on the rock Jan.
    Going back again you must have the Midway fever like others that lived on the Island have.
    I’m looking forward to the pictures and stories. Tom Armstrong Poulsbo Wa.

  3. Elliot
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Good luck Chris et al. I have been keeping my family updated on your progress. I await with equal parts delight and horror your updates and finished film. Thank you for your hard work.

  4. Manuel Maqueda
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Have a wonderful journey… I wish I was there with you on this trip. I’ll be, in spirit.


  5. Carol-Lynne
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for all your ongoing hard work.
    I met Capt Charles Moore last night and he told me that some of the plastic you’ve used in your artwork came from him!
    You gentlemen are heroes and I’m shouting your causes from the rooftops.
    Be sure to keep me informed. I’m here for you. (going plastic-free for 2012 to boot!)
    - @Sea_Love

  6. Posted February 5, 2012 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    my heart and mind are with you as you witness again the horror of premature death and the beauty of thousands of births–rebirths, if you will….
    i wish i was there and very much anticipate the vid-clips you post that transport us to a devastatingly beautiful journey we share remotely with you.
    godspeed, sondy

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