Brutus, a nine-hundred pound grizzly, is starring in the first seven episodes of Expedition Wild, a new series for the National Geographic Wild channel. Executive Producer and Director of Photography Thomas Winston showcases wildlife expert Casey Anderson and his charismatic animal companion on an action-packed odyssey through North Americas diverse wild places. The shoots reveal a rare glimpse of the beauty and complexity of the natural world from the inside out by following Casey and his best friend Brutus. When Thomas Winston geared up his company, Grizzly Creek Films, for a new series of National Geographic Expedition Wild specials, he chose Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, for support. He selected a line-up of three systems, including the Video 25 Plus, the Video 15 SB, and the DV 4 II.
First class equipment for every shooting situation
Executive Producer/Director of Photography Thomas Winston is a longtime Sachtler fan. Filming wildlife is tough both on the people and on the gear. We have come to rely on our Sachtler equipment as the always there, always reliable, and always crucial elements of our field production kit he says. Simply put, the equipment lives up to its reputation as top-notch and durable even in adverse conditions.
Stable: long lenses shooting
The Sachtler Video 25 Plus with two stage carbon fiber legs became the perfect solution for long lens shooting with the Varicam 3700/Fujinon 42X lens set up. It was lightweight enough to carry into the deep backcountry and also stable enough for long lens blue-chip wildlife shots like filming wolves in Yellowstone Park or brown bears catching salmon on Kodiak Island, Winston explains.
Quick: spontaneous wildlife shoots
The Sachtler Video 15 SB with two stage Speed Lock carbon fiber legs was also used extensively for the series. As the lightest sticks for the Varicam 3700 which was paired with the Canon wide angle zoom HD lens, it was a fantastic option for getting set up at lightning speed, he explains.
Easy: lightweight DSLR set up
The Sachtler DV 4 II with two-stage aluminum legs, relatively speaking, the smallest of our supports was employed for time-lapse photography and HD video with various DSLR cameras. It also proved useful for star, Casey Anderson, to carry on his solo missions into the wild.