Antarctica (September 7, 2017)—Nerio Gutierrez, co-owner of Madrid-based production company Playground Estudio, turned to a selection of microphones from DPA Microphones for the documentary titled Antarctica, A Message from the Other Planet.
“The most important thing in a project like this is to be sure that your tools will respond in any condition without any worries,” says Gutierrez. “We faced extreme cold, extreme moisture and extreme winds, but our DPA d:dicate 4017B shotgun, d:dicate 4011C cardioid and d:screet 4061 necklace microphones worked incredibly well and gave us the best sound we could possibly get from a place like Antarctica. One of the most amazing experiences we had was using our DPA mics to capture tiny snowflakes flying around with absolutely nothing else around. This was an incredible sound and there is no doubt that we were only able to catch that kind of detail thanks to our DPA microphones.”
For the documentary, the crew spent six weeks aboard the Spanish Navy’s scientific vessel, Hesperides. They also spent time on the continent itself as well as on several islands recording sounds from penguin colonies, whales, zodiacs, sea wolves, marine elephants, icebergs, winds and Drake’s Passage (the wildest sea in the world).
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Madrid Protocol, which protects this fascinating ecosystem, Gutierrez is producing the documentary, Antarctica, A Message from the Other Planet, as well as writing a book on the Antarctic spirit, which consecrates the sixth continent to peace, science and the protection of the environment.