Nils, Jo and Marc taking a break in San Pedro de Atacama
Nils setting up a time lapse
The Atacama desert can sometimes be just like the planet Mars.
Transporting Antenna to the top
Takes almost a full day to transport the assembled antenna to it's home. From 11,000' to 17,000'
transporting the antenna to the top
This one of a kind vehicle designed in Germany specifically to carry the pre assembled antenna to 17,000'
19.423' we were filming around it in a Astar 350 B3, with Ron Chapple at the controls of his cineflex.
The big boys listening to the universe
Marc and Nils going for the beauty shot
Definitely at the high site
Jo with her fuzzy
Bill without oxygen, Marc with O2
We were driving from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama when this sky occured
Our boss Nils in full regalia
We had to have oxygen to work at the high site where the array was located
Nils setting up to shoot the stars
Check out the backpack oxygen tank
yeah, they have salt lakes too
The Low site
This is where they assemble the arrays, workers and scientists stay and it is only 11,000'
Nils and the moon
The Drop off
Our cineflex crew
Ron Chapple, cineflex operator, and our pilot, who also happens to be the pilot of the presidential aircraft
Rough country, The Atacama
We shot three hours of footage with a Astar 350 B3 and the Cineflex camera system
The road at the top
DOP Marc Pingry
Look ma, no oxygen!
A Dusty Landing
Astar 350 B3, the low site
No need to worry about visability
Shooting in the Dish
Nils, Marc and Jo on location in Germany where the Alma dishes are assembled
Jibbing in Germany
Director Nils Cowan with Marc and Jo in Bavaria