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Choices: Filming In The Wild

Posted on 09/13/2018 at 01:54 PM by Seth Hansen

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You slip on a rock and brace yourself with one hand, juggling your camera and hoping your reflexes are up to the challenge.


Sweat drips down your brow as light freezing rain falls relentlessly making your already difficult task even more daunting.


After miles of rocky uneven terrain it is finally time to make camp.


A long draining day is over. You can finally relax. Right?




Now the real work begins. It’s time to calculate available energy, edit photos and back everything up multiple times to protect against any system failures.


Then a short night’s rest and the cycle starts all over again.


This is but a glimpse at what it means to be a cinematographer adventurer. Someone equal parts inspired by Indiana Jones and Steven Spielberg.


On a recent trip, cinematographer adventurer Francois Leger-Savard, part of Expedition Ikivuq, explored an uncharted waterway in the extreme north of Quebec.


During the group’s journey he captured breathtaking photo and video content that inspires and also urges viewers to take risks and go on adventures of their own.


Several months later Francois traveled to Nepal to document a mountainous adventure equally as challenging and rewarding as his previous trek in Quebec.


In both trips Francois had to make choices. Choices about what to document, how many photos he could take, what his battery levels looked like. The list goes on and on.


Near the top of the list of choices was what gear to bring. Weight and bulk of gear were at a premium. Everything that he brought had to be carried throughout the journey.


After selecting gear the most difficult decision needed to be made. How do you keep everything charged in the wild?


PowerFilm was able to provide 100% waterproof rollable solar panels for the waterlogged Expedition Ikivuq trip and foldable solar panels that allowed Francois to capture incredible vistas in Nepal.



Both the foldable and rollable panels feature flexible amorphous silicon solar material that is equal parts lightweight and durable.


While the group were on their canoes traversing turbulent waters, rollable panels soaked in every available bit of the sun even through cloud cover.


When snow began to fall in Nepal, the foldable panels kept Francois’ batteries charged and his mind focused.


For many, simply going on these journeys is enough, but for others not being able to recount and share their experience is unthinkable.


Cinematographers like Francois don’t complain or regret their decisions to bring along their camera gear.


They think upon William Shakespeare's quote “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”


They want to experience the wild, but also to share those experiences with the world.


If you are a cinematographer adventurer PowerFilm has a solar product to meet your needs.


In the water or on a trek at elevation? Our rollable and foldable solar panels have you covered.


On a thru-hike? The LightSaver Portable Solar Charger is the lightest on the market and will keep your story alive long after your journey is complete.


Want to keep a wider range of electronics charged when shooting on location for a few days? The LightSaver Max is your solution featuring a wide range of inputs, outputs and an integrated 18,000 mAh battery.


To learn more about Francois’ journey and all that goes into filming in the wild, listen to our interview:



Interested in learning more about a specific product or have a question?


Contact us or leave a comment below.


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Rick, thanks so much for your questions. To answer your first question, the LightSaver Max has always featured a 12V output. Its predecessor the LightSaver was strictly USB. Secondly you've identified a typo in the spec sheet and we really appreciate your pointing it out. The LightSaver Max rolled is 13.5 x 2.5 inches and unrolled is 13.5 x 34.5 inches. I will be sure to update the spec sheet on our website right away. Lastly, the LightSaver Max's solar panel is roughly 10W. The main value of the LightSaver Max against other small solar charger is the custom designed circuit which means you're getting more power into your device since the solar, electronics and battery were designed to work together. For your specific use case a rollable paired with a battery might be more ideal. Can you tell me a little more about what you'd like to be able to do with your solar solution? Thanks!
Seth Hansen | www.powerfilmsolar.com | 09/14/2018 at 07:25 AM
I’ve got a few questions about the lightsaver max product. First - has it always had 12V output or was this an added feature? I think I looked into it when initially became available and passed on it because it was USB only. Second question - what’s the real size? The website description page says it’s roughly 13” Wide while the Spec sheet says it’s roughly 25” Wide? Finally - what’s the solar output on the panel? i want to make a true comparison in considering the Lightsaver with it’s attached and non serviceable battery (and resulting water intrusion risk) against buying a rollable panel and pairing it with a battery? The latter being able to keep the battery protected and leave the panel out in a rainstorm or kayaking for example.
Rick Ault | 09/13/2018 at 05:40 PM
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