Oceana: Aeolians 2018


Back in June I flew out to the Aeolian Islands with wildlife presenter, Patrick Aryee. We were commisioned by Oceana to produce a series of films about life on board their research vessel, the Ranger. With just two days to deliver on the project, we had our work cut out. Cue 5am starts and 2am bed times. Fortunately we managed to get all the footage we needed, and brought it home to cut. I personally edited 14 films, including a short documentary. Below is a selection of the media we captured across the trip. I shot the majortiy of the footage, with Patrick and Oceana’s Enrique Talledo providing the rest.

DISCLAIMER: This project was also submitted as a part of my MSc. As such, all videos are password protected until the University of Manchester releases our grades. If you are going to offer me a job based upon this project, please get in touch at benjmainharris612@outlook.com.

I’ll give you the secret password.


  • Cinematography
  • Photography
  • Editing


  • 1Dx mkii
  • 70D
  • 16-35mm f/2.8 L & 70-200 f/2.8 L 
  • Zoom H4N Pro
  • DJI Mavic Pro

Challenges & Solutions

There were myriad challenged on this assignment. Shooting the amount of content we did, with a two man crew on a small catermeran was not easy. Not least because Patrick and I had only worked together once before.

The main issue was sound, as we were without a dedicated sound guy. This was fixed, quite simply, with my faulty Røde VideoMic Pro. There are a lot of audio issues with wind and digital noise, however the content is there. I managed to record the interviews in Fight for the Ocean with my Zoom H4N. This is one of those times where better gear really would have saved us.

The time constraints of our production days, coupled with the short lead up into the trip meant there was little time for pre-production. Patrick and I have discussed this at length, in preperation for our next assignment.

With the entire crew being Spanish, and neither Patrick or I speaking conversation Spanich, there was a definite language barrier between us and some of the crew members. We bridged this by building a rapport with the entire crew, and finding out who the strong English speakers were to help us out.

The project was commisioned for social media awareness, however Oceana have used the videos in other ways. In September 2018, 3 of the videos were played at the launch event for the Oceana London office. Held in Covent Garden, and attended by 100 people, it was a fantastic way to round out the project.

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