'Mellifera' is a tranquil, contemplative short documentary about bee keeping.
Hidden in a calm corner of the garden, are 4 hives, nurtured and lovingly cared for by Glenn. Inevitably though, things can't always stay the same.
All footage is shot in Glenns property in Kilinchy N.Ireland. We used a canon 5D mkiii, and shot 14 bit RAW footage using magic lantern. We used a Rode smartlav for recce material, a rode NTG2 for ambient & voice over audio. Using a Rode VideoMic allowed us to capture audio in challenging environments.
This piece was shot over three months, to allow the hives to mature as the season progressed. Our crew consisted of Laura Curran as director & sound. Pete Graham as camera operator and Michael Reynolds on BTS. Shooting over multiple short sessions allowed us to track progress and structure our story and a small crew gave us a flexible approach to filming and editing.