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The Documentary Film
The Documentary Film


Producers and Crew
Producers and Crew

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Alaskan Perspective
The Alaskan Perspective

On Location
On Location

Filming History
Filming History

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On Location


In the film world, "on location" means filming that takes place outside the studio. For the Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced documentary, the location is daunting. It is made up of thousands of miles of coastline and waterway, inhabited by an astonishing mix of human cultures and a number of fascinating animal, botanical and geological features. The pictures below will give you a quick look at a few of the locations chosen for the PBS documentary on the expedition.


Crew at mountain base

The Florentine film crew at Serpentine Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska, 1999.
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Wooden fish

Not all location filming takes place in the great outdoors. Here cinematographer Stephen McCarthy films a Tlingit carving of a fish at the Smithsonian Institution.
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fish processing plant

Cinematographer Michael Chin films the production line at a fish processing plant in Dutch Harbor.
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Joe Williams

Michael Chin films Joe Williams of the Saxman tribal council.
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Greg Wilker

Setting up an interview with Greg Wilker on Kodiak Island.
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Filming church

Sound recorder Matt Monroe records prayers during a Russian Orthodox memorial ceremony on St. Paul Island, the Pribilofs.
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Rick Knecht

During an interview with scientist Rick Knecht a giant squid washed up on the shore at Dutch Harbor. The crew stopped the interview and filmed Rick examining the squid.
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Filming seals

The crew crawls toward a herd of seals on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs. Seals can become aggressive when disturbed, so a quiet, low profile approach is necessary.
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Filming iceberg

Director Larry Hott shoots a close-up of an iceberg in Prince William Sound.
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