BTS 09 – Adventure

Another great entry to our Behind the Scenes competition by Tino –


This particular shot was executed on a filming trip to a river called “Rio Claro” located in the Andes Mountains in Chile. We planned to meet 3 friends who happened to be 3 of the best white water kayakers in the world. Our final goal was to film the entire runnable section of the Rio Claro and produce a short film to show the world the hidden diamond that this river is.

This river is accessible two ways. The first is whitewater kayak down the gorge which we did a few times, filming the athletes with larger slow motion cameras. The second is to hike, jump, rope, and generally work your way around the rim of the canyon carrying the filming equipment until you find a good spot to shoot from. Both are dangerous in their own way…. But that’s the fun of it.

The waterfall in this shot is called the “Throat of the Devil”. Once a kayaker runs this drop they are locked into running a 2 Kilometer stretch of some of the hardest whitewater on the planet. Because of this, the stress factor on the shot was very high, This was a one opportunity shot with elements of danger, remoteness, and access to up the anti.

This shot was planned to be the final image for the film. The plan was to begin with Evan dropping into the waterfall, follow his line all the way until he was safe in the pool below, and then change the perspective of the viewer flying through the tight canyon walls and exiting the canyon to show where the river comes from.

As the moment arrived and we had the drone in the air, everybody was getting a good dose of adrenaline. Once we got the thumbs up from Evan Garcia, the kayaker in the yellow kayak, we could see the anxiousness fade away from our group and everybody involved fell into the flow of the moment performing as extreme athletes do, and the result is what we have entered into the Best Drone Shot Competition!
Link to final Rio Claro film:


I want to thank everyone for participating again and we will do our best to share more of the shots and stories you sent us in coming weeks. Lookout on facebook and twitter for your entry and we’ll try to tag everyone in and show off your amazing work to the world.

If you didn’t participate in the competition but this has inspired you or reminded you of some of your best shots, feel free to send them to us on [email protected] with a brief story and we’ll do our best to share your story with the world and promote your work.

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