Creating the Greenland360 Short Film by BE Trainee Leader; Cameron Mackay

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Like most expeditions, on our return we had a wealth of film footage and photography at our disposal. As well as this we had the experiences and insights from what we had seen in the Arctic fresh in our minds and we were eager to share this with others.

There is currently quite an overwhelming amount of scientific information being published about the mechanisms behind climate change. However, when I got home, I wasn’t thinking about the science. Instead, I found myself thinking about the more subtle stories of how the landscape and people of Greenland are changing. That is what needed to be shared.


The main aim of the film was to make it personal and relatable. We wanted anybody, regardless of scientific background, to be able to take something away from the film and think about how their actions fit into the global issue of climate change. To do this, music and art were used throughout. The soundtrack was composed for Greenland and for specific parts of the film that document the issues that we saw there. As well as this, Emily the artist on our expedition had produced a series of paintings showing how climate change changes a landscape. This also became a crucial part of the film.

Before editing began, there was one last piece of filming that needed to be done. This was an interview with each of the four expedition members. In 2013, when I went on an expedition with British Exploring, I saw how inspirational expeditions could be in terms of youth development and how engaging young people’s perspectives of these issues could be. The interviews allowed the narrative of the four of us talking about our experiences in Greenland to carry the film. When it came to filming the interviews themselves, the three other expedition members were able to chat away to me as I sat next to the camera, to avoid having to stare directly into the camera lens. However, when it came to recording mine, all I had to go by was a smiley face drawn on a post-it… Hopefully this doesn’t show through too much in the film!


After getting all the footage that was needed, all that was left to do was to edit it all together. I was very new to video editing so was not completely sure how it would turn out in the end. The thing about places like Greenland is that any footage you get will show such an amazing landscape that you don’t need professional editing to capture and audience’s attention, you just need to present it in away that supports the story you are trying to tell. I never thought expedition filmmaking could be so accessible, but now I think everyone who has returned from a similar trip has the potential to produce a film that will captivate an audience and share the message that they are trying to convey.

Take a look at the Greenland 360 film here!

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