Yesterday the group traveled to Queenstown, in the Southern Alps, for parts #2 and #3 of the New Zealand-Australia test series. The athletes have been training in the midst of the New Zealand universities team – which is comprised of U23 and U21 athletes from around the country and acts as an elite development mechanism for the New Zealand and Australian national teams. The first portion of the test series is a 3K head to head race on the Dunedin harbor followed every other day by 2K racing in the LWT M4-, LWT W4x, and Men’s and Women’s 8+s in Queenstown. Our production company for our upcoming film was able to equip a few of the boats with camera systems. Below, you’ll find a raw video of the women’s 8+ race shot from a camera on the NZL coxswain’s head.
This is footage from a cinematic project we’re working on out in cooperation with Preditor Films here in NZL. The next day culminated in a three 8+, six in-boat camera, and helicopter shoot that will be the centerpiece on the film Preditor is making here about the camp and rowing’s impact on character development. Much thanks to Mike Steele at Melbourne Uni BC, Malcolm McIntyre at RNZ, and the NZL and AUS men and women.