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Crew Voices - High Definition Editing At 70 mph

Location: 40.02°N 105.25°W, Watershed: Boulder Creek

Our in bus film editors Jonnie and Duff hard at work at their very portable office. © Blue Legacy/Ali Sanderson

Just one week into Expedition Blue Planet: North America and the bus is already turning into our home away from home. Twelve creative individuals from the far corners of the earth all meeting, many for the first time, and being thrown into a bus for 138 days - this is almost a reality TV show in itself, complete with Christoph, 24/7 with camera in arm, ready to capture every moment of this journey. Our mission: tell the stories of our water planet across North America.

We are traveling, working, even sleeping on the bus, and nearly 2,200 miles into our epic journey we are already living and breathing the experience. The bus is our workspace, and for no-one more so than us editors, Jonnie and myself, Duff (aka the post-production team). We collect media from the field team and produce videos on the road as we travel around North America day and night.

Our task is to bring all these amazing stories to our audience as they happen. For a video editor this is the ultimate job - we escape the usual dark dungeons of the editing studios and actually get on the road and into the action. This enters a whole new realm of video editing where we are experiencing first hand the stories that we have to tell. As Alexandra said before we set out: I want to bring the people telling the story to the story itself. We meet the people, we see the lands and we really feel the stories we are telling. And the whole time we have first class HD video editing equipment coming with us.

For the video geek at heart it doesn't get much better than this. We have converted the back half of the expedition bus into our editing suite. All the essentials such full time electricity, high-speed internet and coffee machine set the foundations for building our suite. We primarily edit with Final Cut Studio which sets us up for an all Apple workflow.