By Michel Outridge
|DVD LAUNCH: Major Mike Charles, centre, with his team and local supporters yesterday following the launching of his new DVD. (Cullen Bess-Nelson photo) |
The launch of the DVD was done at a press conference at the Guyana Defence Force Camp Ayanganna All Ranks Sports Club in Georgetown.
The man behind the project, GDF Major Mike Charles, has been a helicopter pilot in Guyana for more than 20 years and has captured unique photos of scenes from all over the country.
The first version of the DVD sold more than 10,000 copies in Russia, Canada, the United States and several other countries, Charles said.
He said the latest DVD will also be launched in Miami with the Go-Invest agency.
Charles told reporters many local companies have indicated their willingness to support his team and the production of a similar DVD titled “Wild Guyana”, to be followed by another yet to be named.
The Army officer said he has many videotapes and pictures of Guyana as a result of his years of flying. He added that he always had a passion for cameras and videos and began filming during his flights.
From the material gathered, he said he decided to produce a DVD and with a team of skilful people he did it and the support was good and the response tremendous.
Reporters, for the first time, yesterday viewed about 20 minutes of the new edition of the documentary.
The 60-minute film provides views of undiscovered expanses of pristine forest, and local cultures in some of the most difficult areas of Guyana.
Some of the breathtaking videos were taken in areas rarely seen by man and sometimes under challenging or even dangerous circumstances.
Viewers can pay a virtual visit to:
The capital city Georgetown
Mt. Roraima - the highest mountain in the Pakaraima range and Guyana.
Andira Amerindian village - Go fishing with the Wai Wai.
The town of Bartica on the Essequibo River - the gateway to the interior
The town of Skeldon on the Corentyne River between Guyana and Suriname
Orealla Amerindian village on the Corentyne River between Guyana and Suriname