Extremely stoked to be part of Film the Hunt’s Graduates Team! I attended the 4-day Outdoor Video Production School last June and learned a ton of information about how to properly and effectively film hunts. It was an incredible four days with great instruction and the opportunity to meet some amazing and incredible people.
The Graduates is a team of cinematographers and field producers who received proper training and are now available to film hunts. Some of their work is featured in the weekly show The Life, which is airing on The Sportsman Channel on Monday nights and several additional times throughout the week. Check it out because the show is very good!
Telling a visual story of each hunt is what it is all about. I look forward to filming and producing hunts as one of The Graduates. I am stoked!
Tom Petry, in his 4-day Video Production School, says, “80% of good video is great audio.” He is absolutely right, too. This quote stuck with me and I certainly do not regret investing in good, quality audio gear.
I am fortunate to have many friends and contacts who are directly involved in sound production. I like to say I know enough to be dangerous, but having expert contacts in the audio field who know all about gear and making quality sound productions is a definite advantage. I know, for example, that the Sennheiser G3 wireless microphones are top notch. They transmit great audio and they are reliable. I also know the Shure SM58 mics are the industry standard among both musicians and public speakers. So when it came time for me to purchase great audio equipment I already had ideas for my wish list.
Here is a brief overview and timeline on how I acquired my audio gear for Outdoor Cameraman and my web show, No Place Like the Mountains. When I purchased my Sony NX3 video camera I knew I wanted great audio equipment to accompany it. I purchased a Rode shotgun mic and the Sennheiser G3 wirless mic right away. Then, just before producing No Place Like the Mountain episodes, I purchased the Shure SM58 mic for voice overs. Then when I wanted to do interviews, I bought the Sennheiser G3 wireless handheld mic, which uses the receiver from my previously purchased lavalier mic. This saved me some money but also complimented the great mic I already was using for my video productions.
Yes, this audio equipment is quite expensive but I am big believer in “you get what you pay for.” I do not regret one of these audio purchases and I am getting great results so far. It is very handy to have the versatility of a shotgun mic for ambient sounds, a lavalier mic for hunter talk and emotion, and the handheld mic for interviews. There are times, like when filming two hunters, that I wish it was easier to use two lavalier mics with the shotgun mic, but so far my current combination is producing excellent results.
My microphones are very necessary and wonderful tools to producing videos. Great audio is not a luxury, it is a necessity!
Thank you to The Life Outdoor Video School! I attended their 4-day Field Production Outdoor Video Course last April and I learned a ton! It was the best four days I could have imagined, too. I met some great people who, like me, hope to work in the hunting industry. We learned how to use our cameras and properly film a hunt from start to finish. Along the way, we had many opportunities to put our learning into practical use.
I created a short film at the Video School and it includes some of the techniques we learned there from Tom and Nick. You can view the short video here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BGpOua2GDrs/
I highly recommend this Video School to anyone who wants to learn how to film hunts. You will learn a lot and meet some incredible people. I cannot say enough about these guys. There are just incredible. Check out their TV show, which airs on Monday nights on The Sportsman Channel.
My web show, There’s No Place Like the Mountains, features short hunting and wildlife films that were inspired by attending this video school. It is a dream that developed over this past year. Without all the information I learned last April at the Video School, this dream would still be wishful thinking. Thanks, guys, I am continuing to learn how to tell a story with film and I am loving each and every frame!
This past week I attended a 4-day Video Production School taught by The Life in Cambridge, Ohio. It was absolutely fantastic! I learned a lot of information on how to plan for and film a hunt from start to finish. The instructors, Tom Petry and Nick Ventura, were incredible teachers. We also had a presentation on the hunting industry by Cragg Fitz.
I am now excited about putting my newly gained knowledge into practical use!
The week was also an opportunity to meet other guys who have goals to film hunts and/or get into the hunting industry in a variety of other ways. There were 20 of us students and all of them were incredible people! It was an awesome week!
I cannot say enough about The Life Video Production School. They rock!