Rewind: The Miners of Compostela Valley

May 31, 2016   //   by RandyQ   //   Blog, Demo Reel, Manufacturing  //  No Comments

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Q2 video team with miners at the steps of what used to be an abandoned open pit mine. Over the years, a young forest had grown over the mine, which can be seen at the background of this shot.

REWIND: I found this video clip on our vimeo page recently because it has apparently received the most views of all the videos we have done. I decided to post it here because it had an interesting story.

Back in 2010, an Australian client asked us to shoot footage of a mining operation they had acquired in Compostela Valley, in Southern Mindanao. At the time, this was one of our first shoots on location using our Lumix camera system at 24P. Months later,we edited the footage we shot in order to put a story to the video, posted it on vimeo, and promptly forget about it.

Things took a turn for worse in recent years, however. Fire fights between insurgents and government troops in this area had turned it into a war zone with all mining operations suspended, making me wonder what happened to all the good folk we met on the way. One thing for sure – that forest we shot that had grown over the open-pit mine (seen at the video’s end) is probably still there and undisturbed since all mining had to a stop!

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