From the icy waters of the Lofoten Islands in the Norwegian Sea to fine dining restaurants in Italy, dried cod makes a formidable journey. It's a journey that Italian scientist, documentary maker and television presenter Roberto Palozzi brought to the screen, tackling snowstorms and freezing temperatures deep inside the Arctic Circle in the process.
After beginning his career as a photographer and writer for an Italian photography magazine, Roberto found himself gravitating towards moving images, inspired by his love of David Attenborough documentaries. When he had a chance to travel to Antarctica 15 years ago to study seals for his PhD in evolutionary biology and animal ecology, he took a video camera with him – and kickstarted his career in filmmaking.
Roberto now runs video production company Erebus Productions and works on programmes for Italian television channels, fusing his background in science with his love of the natural world. With his plans to shoot a major production in Antarctica this year postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Roberto started looking for other stories closer to home.
"I needed to test a camera that I could use in Antarctica next year," Roberto says. "I needed a camera with very high cinematic quality that I could use in harsh environments. I came back with the feeling that there is currently no better camera for documentary makers than the Canon EOS C500 Mark II."
Here Roberto shares how the Full Frame Cinema EOS camera helped him tell the story of cod fishing communities in northern Norway's remote Lofoten Islands archipelago.