QTV and Mediadante have been awarded the CINE Golden Eagle for Television Series for a twelve part TV titled series On the Top. On the Top, produced by Mediadante, is about the first Qatari man Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani, an ambassador of Reach Out to Asia, climbing Mount Everest to raise awareness and funding for […]
QTV and Mediadante have been awarded the CINE Golden Eagle for Television Series for a twelve part TV titled series On the Top.
On the Top, produced by Mediadante, is about the first Qatari man Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani, an ambassador of Reach Out to Asia, climbing Mount Everest to raise awareness and funding for education projects in Nepal. Raha Moharrak; the first Saudi woman and youngest ever Arab to climb the mountain, also joined Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani on the expedition.
Rosie Garthwaite, Executive Producer and Founder of Mediadante commented It is a real perk of the job making documentaries when we get to be there with a camera in hand as great moments are marked in history.
Filming the Everest was incredibly challenging for the team. Adam Sobel the Producer and Co-director of the film spent six weeks living at the Everest basecamp.
He said It takes a long time to acclimatize to the altitude. Sleep is intermittent, when it comes at all. Digestion is defective, as blood circulates to more critical organs. And weight loss is all but unavoidable your body actually devours your muscles in order to provide energy to itself. But the journey was incredible.
The hundreds of kilos of luggage was taken up by plane and then carried for six days by donkeys and sherpas to basecamp. At one point Mediadante had seventeen people up the mountain and in the dangerzone where one in every nine people can die. In addition, they had to train Nepali porters, sherpas and climbing guides to work the cameras and sound equipment in order to have a back-up team for the summit cameraman.
The CINE Golden Eagle awards supports emerging and established producers of film, television and digital media through its film competitions, educational panels, screenings and networking opportunities. In the past. this award has been bestowed upon Steven Spielberg, Ken Burns, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Ron Howard, Taylor Hackford, Forrest Whitaker among others.
Mediadante is working on the production of the regions first ever live interactive online documentary as a part of Qatar Museums Year of Culture 2014 with the support of Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani and with Vodafone Firsts platform taking seven young Qataris to the Amazon jungle to climb, trek and survive in the jungle.