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Meet the Expedition Team
by Kelly Tyler

On October 19, 1999, the Akademik Shuleykin and the Laurel set sail for the Antarctic to revisit the fabled locales of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition. Forty strong, the combined crew of NOVA and White Mountain Films retraced the odyssey of the Endurance to film the story for NOVA.

In April 2000, the Shuleykin set sail once again, this time with a crew to replicate Shackleton's traverse of South Georgia Island. Meet the teams behind the upcoming large-format film The Endurance: Shackleton's Epic Journey and the NOVA program.

Expedition 1999 Team
1999 Team photo

Back Row (Left to Right)
John Mack Jr., Production assistant
Assists crew members on location

Mark Holden-Hindley, Field Support
Supports crew during location shooting

Dominic Cunningham Reid, Documentary filmmaker
Films the "making of" the large format film

Chad Graham Burtt, Field Support
Supports crew during location shooting

Bobby Adams, Key Grip
Operates dollies, cranes, and special IMAX® camera rigging

Steve Graves, Rigging Grip
Operates dollies, cranes, and special IMAX camera rigging

Dennis Peterson, Gaffer
Supervises film lighting, including electrical distribution

Paul Marbury, Assistant Camera
Assembles and loads camera and handles film for NOVA program


Second Row (Left to Right)
Reed Smoot, Director of Photography
Composes and lights shots and operates IMAX camera

Steve Stoke, Line Producer
Supervises logistics for NOVA program

Scott Swofford, Line Producer
Supervises logistics for IMAX camera crew

Bob Wallace, Boat Builder and Skipper
Builds replicas of Endurance lifeboats and sails replica of the James Caird

Stuart Hoagland, Boat Builder and Skipper
Builds replicas of Endurance lifeboats and sails replica of the Janet Stancomb Wills

Roger Crandall, Production Designer
Designs "look" of the film, including props and sets

Andy Fletcher, Boat Builder and Skipper
Builds replicas of Endurance lifeboats and sails replica of the Dudley Docker

George Butler, Producer/Director
Directs and produces large-format film and TV program

David Rootes, Antarctic Coordinator
Supervises polar logistics, safety, and provides polar expertise

Captain Sergey Maslennikov, Captain
Commands ship operations of Akademik Shuleykin.

Bob Forster, Boatman
Pilots Zodiac boats for travel to islands and pack ice

Nick Lewis, Antarctic Coordinator
Supervises special polar logistics, safety, and environmental protection

Alex Taylor, Shore/Mountain Coordinator
Coordinates ship-to-shore, land, and ice transportation

Kelly Tyler, Co-Producer and NOVA Online Producer
Writes and shoots photographs for dispatches; co-produces TV program

Stuart MacFarlane, Second Assistant Cameraman
Provides IMAX camera assistance and technical support services


Third Row (Left to Right)
Andy Wiskes, Sound mixer
Records location sound

Rob Meyer, NOVA Online Production Assistant
Assists in technical and creative aspects of Web expedition

Dr. Steve Santora, Physician
Attends to health and safety issues of crew

Scott Hoffman, First Assistant Camerman
Pulls focus and provides technical support for IMAX camera

Carl d'Entremont, Zodiac driver
Coordinates ship-to-shore, land, and ice transportation

Simon Abrahams, Shore/Mountain Coordinator
Coordinates ship-to-shore, land, and ice transportation


Front Row (Left to Right)
Charles Castaldi, Second Assistant Cameraman/Grip
Supervises lighting and assists NOVA program crew

Tim Lovasen, Second Assistant Cameraman
Provides IMAX camera equipment support services

Cathren Warner, Costume Designer
Handles costumes, make-up, and hair design

Eric Bunch, On-set Decorator
Handles props and special effects

Sandy Sissel, Director of Photography
Composes and lights shots and operates camera for NOVA program

Dave German, Expedition Leader
Coordinates ship charter and provides polar expertise


Aboard the Laurel (Not Pictured)
Mike Sharp, Shore/Mountain Coordinator
Coordinates ship-to-shore, land, helicopter, and ice transportation

Cliff Fleming, Pilot
Pilots helicopter for aerial photographer

Ron Goodman, SpaceCam Operator
Shoots IMAX aerials with specialized helicopter camera mount

Andrew Sych, SpaceCam Technician
Troubleshoots and repairs SpaceCam

Steve Allen, Ship's Chef


Expedition 2000 Team
2000 Team photo

Back Row (Left to Right)
George Butler, Producer/Director
Directs and produces large-format film

Simon Abrahams, Shore/Mountain Coordinator
Coordinates ship-to-shore, land, and ice transportation

Steve Allen, Ship's Chef

Mark Tierney, Sound Mixer
Records location sound

Reinhold Messner, Mountaineer
Retraces Shackleton's South Georgia traverse

Conrad Anker, Mountaineer
Retraces Shackleton's South Georgia traverse

Stephen Venables, Mountaineer
Retraces Shackleton's South Georgia traverse

Mark Voyce, Grip
Provides technical support for IMAX camera crew

Michael Graber, Cinematographer
Films "behind-the-scenes" and NOVA 16mm filming

Mike Sharp, Shore/Mountain Coordinator
Coordinates ship-to-shore, land, and ice transportation

Peggy Foster, Climber Support
Assists in logistical support

Paul Ramsden, Shore/Mountain Coordinator
Coordinates ship-to-shore, land, and ice transportation


Middle Row
Chris Ralph, Ship's Hotel Manager

Marcia Storkerson, WGBH Special Projects Assistant
Coordinates satellite communications

Allan Pate, Climber Support
Assists in logistical support

Brian Hall, Special Rigging Coordinator
Rigs camera for shooting on glaciers and ship

David Rootes, Antarctic Coordinator
Supervises polar logistics, safety, and provides polar expertise

Susanne Simpson, WGBH Executive Producer
Executive produces the large-format film

Paul Marotta, WGBH Publicist
Promotes the large-format film

Carl d'Entremont, Zodiac Driver
Coordinates ship-to-shore and camera transportation

Jay Pelosky, Climber Support
Assists in logistical support


Front Row
Dylan Reade, First Assistant Camera
Pulls focus and provides technical support for IMAX camera

Larry Matson, Unit Manager
Supervises logistics for IMAX camera crew

Patrick Bruin, Hospitality Manager

Nick Lewis, Antarctic Coordinator
Supervises polar logistics, safety, and environmental protection

Chris Tate, Grip
Provides technical support for IMAX camera crew

Mike Anderson, Physician
Attends to health and safety issues of crew

Dave German, Expedition Leader
Coordinates ship charter and provides polar expertise

David Douglas, Director of Photography
Composes and lights shots and operates IMAX camera


Not pictured
Alex Taylor, Shore/Mountain Coordinator
Coordinates ship-to-shore, land, and ice transportation



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