The Search For The Coastal Wolf


Bertie Gregory TV-Bay Magazine
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by Bertie Gregory
Issue 112 - April 2016
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Bertie Gregory, 2012 Youth Outdoor Photographer Of The Year and 2015 Scientific Exploration Society Zenith Explorer, is a professional wildlife photographer, filmmaker and presenter whose first solo assignment for National Geographic will debut in Spring 2016 on their new online platform.

This 24 part series, shot in 4k using Canon lenses all supported by the Sachtler V18, follows Gregory on a wildlife adventure where he tracks down and seeks to film the elusive coastal wolf on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. "When people think of wolves, they think of animals in snowy mountains, hunting deer and elk.

These wolves are different, they live on the beach and get 90% of their diet from the oceans - they scavenge washed up whales, they eat salmon and muscles."Whether Gregory actually captured the coastal wolf in all its glory during this three-month shoot, he's not telling; you'll have to watch the series to find out.

He does share however that during this adventure, he encounters many coastal predators in their natural habit and, as a professional formally trained in Zoology, knew how to behave in that habitat to capture those rare occasions on camera. One of the first things we wanted to do with the series was to produce a Man with Nature Series rather than a Man versus Nature series with the idea that nature is meant to be revered rather than conquered.'

For Gregory, it's important to be able to get close to his subjects and move quickly with equipment he can trust in extreme environments and weather conditions. For him, the Canon cannon lenses and Sachtler V18 Fluid Head fit the bill perfectly.

'For the last year and a half, I've been using the Sachtler V18. I've taken it in little boats, big boats, I've put it in salt water to get water level shots, had it in rivers, and carried it 20 kilometers in a day. I take it onto beaches, full of sand. I've had tripods in the past where you take it on a beach, and it's windy, and the whole thing just fills up with sand, and you have to take it apart to clean it. I don't know what Sachtler's done, but whatever they've done it's genius because it doesn't get filled up with sand.'

Gregory, along with his assistant spent three weeks living off the land on a remote island accessible only by floatplane. With unpredictable tides, landscape and weather conditions in this uninhabited temperate rainforest, Gregory had to be very particular about both his survival equipment and shooting gear. To get the cinematic shot, he relied on the Canon 200-400mm and Sachtler V18 to provide all the functionality he needed in a lightweight form factor to carry around.


I like the Lens Cannon 200-400, it is pretty light and pretty small for what it can do. You actually have a range from 200mm to 560mm. Most of the time I was shooting from the video tripod and the Sachtler 18 was fundamental to getting silky smooth wildlife shots. It works because it allows you follow the action in frame keeping it nice and smooth because the moment you have a wobble in your shot, it breaks the magic.'


Today, you can find Gregory in Holland shooting a new wildlife cinema film titled,'De Wilde Stad' which translates into'The Wild City'. Produced by EMF films, this project is very much in line with his fascination with urban wildlife.


Lots of people think you have to go to the wildest corners of the planet to have great wildlife experiences; this film shows you can have awesome wildlife experiences no matter where you live.'


Through his work, and as one of the 2020VISION Young Champions, Gregory hopes to communicate the link between human wellbeing and habitat restoration and be seen as an ambassador for natural reverence. For more information about Bertie Gregory and his projects, visit

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Taking the lead in the HEVC and 4k revolution
Malcolm Harland There’s probably a good reason that BVE is held in late February — it offers you a few weeks to set your annual plans in place. Then, once you’ve decided on the opportunities you want to take advantage of and improvements you want to make, you have a chance to visit this massive exhibition to see the latest technological innovations that will help to bring your plans to fruition.
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Class: Do we still need standards
Bruce Devlin - new On the 1st January 2018, I officially took on the post of SMPTE Standards Vice President. The role has responsibility for all of SMPTE’s standardisation activities and it fills me with equal measures of excitement and terror.
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Studio Invate - Case Studio
KitPlus Studio INVATE is a video company based in Bangkok, with an inventive reputation. Its public persona is everyday commercial work, such as producing highly creative videos, live broadcasts and commercials, for companies ranging from large industrial brands and retail businesses to educational institutions. But in between the studio and on-location work for clients, the company’s crew of 14 employees and a few dozen freelancers enjoy live-streaming video game tournaments.
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Steadicam M-1 Volt: Tried and Tested
John E Fry Early in November some of us lucky Steadicam Operators from around the UK were invited to try out the new Tiffen M1 Volt, which is essentially an electronic motorized horizon assist unit attached to the gimbal of the latest Steadicam M1. Is it a good idea? As experienced Steadicam Operators, directors or producers, why would we be interested? Let’s investigate KitPlus fans!
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Panasonic GH5: Tried and Tested
Tim Bearder My journey as a filmmaker began with a select number of enthusiastic BBC reporters picked out and trained in the concept of Personal Digital Production by the American Video Journalist Michael Rosenblum.
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Empowering connectivity choice in the field
Yvonne Monterroso Reliability, flexibility and ease of use are the key requirements when covering the news and live events, especially when the location could be anywhere. Connectivity is one of the biggest concerns in the field when the pressure is on to capture a key event – if you cannot establish a reliable transmission path to send your video back to the broadcast studio, there is no story.
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Somewhere down the latency river
Ben Hawker Some people have been, understandably, getting fairly excited over the prospect of being able to deploy wireless cameras to capture and transmit 4K UHD. Manufacturers and developers are closing in on the ability to deliver systems that will offer up almost endless creative options at the highest – to date – possible picture quality.
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IP for everyone and 4k everywhere - that will be 2018
John Smith -new My first prediction for the coming year is that the use of IP to move broadcast content will increase dramatically.  Ultimately, it will become the commonplace, just as the use of IP has become part of our everyday, consumer lives.  Live sports are closely linked to this growth, as conversion of broadcast signals for transportation across established telecos networks enables content to be viewed in real-time, regardless if it’s in the next room or across the globe.
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2018: A Changing of the Guard
Peter Savage 2 The guys at KitPlus asked me if I could write about what I think is going to happen in 2018 – a feel, or mood, piece of what we might see this year. I’m not sure why they asked me but perhaps it’s because I’ve been around the industry a long time. Anyway, to look forward I think sometimes it’s best to look back as history has a habit of repeating itself.
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A Pandoras Box to empower the filmmaker
KitPlus The setting was Celebro Studios London, home to their fully 4k television studios, where journalists and industry commentators gathered late last November to witness the launch of the revolutionary Rotolight Anova PRO 2. This was no ordinary unveiling though, the launch was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube and hosted by award winning news anchor man Martin Stanford with Wesley Dodd, CEO of Celebro Media Group and Rotolight MD Rod Gammons in the studio.
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Canon C200: Tried and Tested
Ben Sherriff There are many reviews about this camera online and a heap of incredibly detailed comparison and behind the scenes footage that will really give you a full insight into what it can do. So first a disclaimer - this review is less detailed and based on my personal reading of what this camera means for Canon and all other camera manufacturers and us – the users of these technologies. So, what’s all the fuss about?
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A new AEON in Wireless 4k
JP Delport Whatever production companies are doing right here, right now, today, with wireless HD production tools, they want to do right here, right now, today with 4K UHD. That’s great, but common wisdom would share a host of challenges around 4k UHD, not least, the fact that 4K UHD requires 8x the processing power to transmit, then demands additional horsepower (and bandwidth) to accommodate the data and controls, wireless or otherwise, and of course, when you ramp up processing power, you ramp up heat generation, which needs to be efficiently evacuated.
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The Outlook for 2018
Duncan Payne January has arrived…and the New Year promises great opportunities for those prepared to seek them out, with the one certainty that change is constant.
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Innovation in cameras moving to 4k
Tony Valentino For a number of reasons, wireless camera links needed time to migrate to 4K. However Broadcast Sports International, BSI, designs their own cameras and builds their own hardware and their transition to 4K is already complete.
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Epictech makes headway: A case study
Daniel Harker Barnes Founded in January 2014, EpicTech Media have been providing high end video production to companies and musicians across the U.K. for over three and a half years. When approached earlier this year by the band Bodkin Lane, we relished the challenge of producing a video of their charity concert, in aid of Headway (www.headway.org.uk), despite the challenging size of the venue. 
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Capturing the spirit of Mexico
Leonardo Dalessandri Filmmaker, director and editor, Leonardo Dalessandri first came to fame with his stunning video ‘Watchtower of Turkey,’ which with more than 200 million views, garnered the accolade of Best Vimeo Video in 2014. His vibrant images are combined with a unique editing style, incorporating slow motion, hyper lapses and invisible match cuts to produce genuinely breathtaking final results.
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