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Videographer Documents Glacier National Park's Fire

Jim Kinsey?s ?Fighting Fire with Fire: Saving West Glacier? now on DVD (July 16, 2004)

Award-winning videographer, Jim Kinsey, put his health and life on the line to digitally document the most devastating fire season in Glacier National Park's recorded history. "Fighting Fire with Fire: Saving West Glacier" is an informative and captivating documentary about how a group of Government Agencies worked together to save a segment of the park and nearby villages from the Robert Fire during the 2003 fire season. The documentary, which features dramatic aerial and up close ground footage of the fires captured with a Canon-XL-1s camera, is now available on DVD at, Wal-Mart stores in Montana and at Glacier National Park. A 30-minute version of the documentary will premiere nationwide on PBS beginning this August.

Glacier National Park, located in the northwest corner of Montana, encompasses approximately 1.4 million acres of some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United States and is visited yearly by almost two million tourists from around the world. During the 2003 fire season, over 145,000 acres of the park succumbed to fire and the largest - the Robert Fire - burned more than 57,700 acres in and around the park. An additional 11-mile stretch of 5,000 acres, including the area surrounding Apgar Mountain, was sacrificed to remove fuels ahead of the approaching blaze.

"I was most impressed with the video footage of the flames," said Pete Buist, a 37-year career firefighter in Montana. I particularly liked the radio sounds that depict a big part of the atmosphere that most documentaries miss. Kinsey also captured the essence of the feeling of the evacuated neighbors. No panic, no real distrust, but a tremendous amount of relief that the firefighters were able to actually do what they claimed when they set Apgar Mountain on fire!"

Kinsey shot over 22 hours of DV footage using a Canon-XL-1s camera, a Canon 35mm 100-400mm lens, an EF adapter, and a Miller DS-10 2 stage tripod. "My Canon XL-1s was lightweight and easy to pack on the fire lines," said Kinsey. "I was able to achieve stunning images of far away subjects because the focal length of the lens is multiplied by 7.2 when attached to the XL-1s with an adapter. Without this lens, recording the fires at long distances in Glacier National Park would have been impossible. My Miller tripod also came in really handy for interviews and shooting in areas where I had to set up quickly and be ready to move in a moment's notice depending on the fire activity."

"Fighting Fire with Fire: Saving West Glacier" was edited and authored on a Power Mac G5 Dual 2GHz system running OS X 10.3, Final Cut Pro (FCP) 4.1 and DVD Studio Pro 2. Kinsey learned FCP and DVD Studio Pro during the post-production of his documentary. "The speed of the Apple system blew my mind after years of working on a PC with Adobe Premiere," said Kinsey.

The trailer of "Fighting Fire with Fire: Saving West Glacier" can be viewed at:

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