On set / Trans Europe Express
Trans Europe Express
Flap Gates and Wind Turbines
2016 was a big travel year for us. We're back working with LA-based Radiant Features on an original ten-part series profiling engineering marvels around the globe and how technology and science and human imagination make the impossible possible.
Modio Media's heading European Production Unit and will be filming several stories with our go-to cameraman Antonio di Domenico, a nimble and solution driven DoP, and always ready to sample the local fare. Clocking about 3,5000 by car, our travels took us to Bavaria where the largest tunnel boring machines are made. To Venice to shoot the install of underwater gates that will protect the city from flooding. Then to Denmark and the Netherlands (in Delft a tsunami generating machine) to film footage for a story on one of the largest offshore wind parks in the world. In Chernobyl, we got a glimpse of the new Safe Confinement structure that sits over Reactor #4 to contain radiation leakage. After crossing the military checkpoint, it was eerie traveling through the 30km restricted zone of deceptively pretty forests and abandoned homes without seeing a soul. In Brussels we met people who provide oversight for the European power grid. Off the clock we hit the city, a mix of Old Europe, hipsters, diplomats and its gilded and elegant central square, a UNESCO heritage site. On the return trip, we stopped in Germanyfor the scoop on how the longest superconducting energy cable got to be so long, and finally, home. Meeting the engineers, scientists, construction managers, designers, and regular working folks who build massive structures and machinery was thrilling. Bonus when you get to learn on the job for your job.