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CT ASMP Member Christopher Beauchamp and "Filming No Place On Earth"


CT ASMP Member and Wonderful Machine photographer Christopher Beauchamp had the opportunity to participate in the production of "No Place On Earth". A portion of the article from Wonderful Machine about this 6-year long production is excerpted here, with permission.

 

Filming No Place On Earth

Thursday April 4th, 2013

by Maria Luci

In 1993, while exploring Ukraine’s Gypsum Giant cave systems, caver
Chris Nicola discovered several partially intact man-made walls, a key, a
comb and other signs of past inhabitation. Extremely intrigued, Chris
set out to find the story behind the people of Priest’s Grotto
cave. What he discovered was the amazing story of 38 Ukrainian Jews who
hid in the caves for over a year and a half during the Holocaust.

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Extensive research and many years later, Chris tracked down some of
these survivors, now in their 70s and 80s, and decided to create a
feature-length documentary on their incredible underground journey. This
movie was titled No Place On Earth. To film it, he enlisted the help of a large crew, including veteran director/producer Janet Tobias,
who took over as director. Janet knew that to take on filming in the
depths of such a large cave, which would be physically, mentally and
emotionally challenging. Therefore, she would need someone who knew what
they were doing underground. This is where Wonderful Machine
photographer Christopher Beauchamp comes in.

Watch the trailer for No Place on Earth:

Christopher is an experienced adventure photographer. He has
extensive knowledge on shooting underground environments, and previous
expedition experience in Priest’s Grotto cave. Although he’d never
worked on a feature film before, his experience in production, caving,
and shooting underground secured him a seat on the team as one of the
directors of photography.

The job was pitched to Christopher simply—something along the lines
of “how would you like to go back to Ukraine?” The answer was yes, and
Christopher soon found himself jumping into a project that would take
six years to complete. Several “false starts” due to financing issues,
the health of the survivors, and a “myriad of other details” meant the
film took longer than expected to get off the ground. Production began
in earnest in 2010, when the survivors were brought back to Ukraine.
Christopher wore many hats during the long production,

The project evolved through quite a few stages over a
number of years, and likewise, my role expanded as I was able to
showcase my versatility and a willingness to get down and dirty to make
things  happen. So that evolution went from being a photographer with a
caving background to being a cinematographer/director of photography—but
even within that sphere, my caving background was being called on to
address safety issues.

 

Read the entire article on Wonderful Machine Cog