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Kevin J Railsback

About Kevin J Railsback

Award-winning filmmaker Kevin J Railsback has traveled as far as Africa to test HD cameras for Panasonic. His stunning nature and wildlife footage has appeared in productions on National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel as well as in commercials for such corporate giants as AT&T.
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Editing Nature and Wildlife Footage with a Color Mask

Sometimes the hardest part about nature and wildlife filmmaking is editing. You can shoot the most incredible footage but if your goal is to make films from your footage, you need to learn to edit.

Editing however is more than just trimming clips down to size, placing them on a timeline and adding some music and […]

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Tracking Film Gear for Peace of Mind

Traveling with Film Gear is Never Easy
It’s no secret that when travelling to film nature and wildlife you want to take as much gear as possible. You never know what you will need and you can be sure that if you didn’t bring it, you will be in a filming situation where you wish you […]

By |December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments
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The Greatest Non-Answer I’ve Ever Given About Filming Wildlife

David sent me an email asking “if you have never shot wildlife before do you recommend scouting a location before going out to shoot to see where the animals typically are or just go out and learn by trial and Error?”

The short answer is yes.

The long answer is going to be a little more involved […]

By |September 25th, 2015|Categories: Filmmaking Naturally News|4 Comments
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4 Reasons Why You Should Document Your Surroundings on Video

One of filmmaking’s greatest strengths is its immediacy. You may think you live in dull surroundings, but the camera captures and frames things the human eye may overlook. Furthermore, it captures a precise span of time, moments that could prove to be important in ways or to people you may never have imagined.

Filming […]

By |August 18th, 2015|Categories: Filmmaking Naturally News|0 Comments
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Fire in the Sky

It’s not often that I film subjects outside of nature and wildlife. However, I think the challenge of going outside your comfort zone by shooting different situations makes you a better filmmaker.

So here is an evening of fireworks in the small town I used to live in a few years ago. I think they rival […]

By |July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Seasonal|0 Comments
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To The Frustrated Nature and Wildlife Photographers and Filmmakers

Filming nature and wildlife is my passion. It’s what winds me up and cools me down. While I read a lot of nature and wildlife blogs, I also like to read blogs about life.

One of my favorite blogs I’ve been reading recently is Almost Sexy Mommy run by Trish, a truly remarkable woman.

Anyway, she was telling […]

By |June 14th, 2015|Categories: Filmmaking Naturally News|4 Comments
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Being Out In Nature Is Never A Waste Of Time

I’m always trying to be a better nature and wildlife filmmaker. Every day I try to get a little more insight into animal behavior, plant identification, weather, anything that helps me capture footage of the natural world.

I also like to see what other filmmakers and photographers are doing. So I read a lot of blogs. […]

By |June 3rd, 2015|Categories: Filmmaking Naturally News|2 Comments
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I Said I’d Never Do It and Damnit Here I Am Doing It!

It seems that whenever I use the word “never” as in “I’m never going to do that again”, I end up eating my words.
Although I AM proud of the fact that I said I would never stop at Wall Drug in South Dakota and I’ve honored those words for over than thirty years.
So What Did […]

By |April 30th, 2015|Categories: Filmmaking Naturally News|17 Comments
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It’s About Perspective Not Awards


It’s been a few years but I finally got up the gumption to enter a couple of my short films in the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival.

If you know me, I’m not only my own worst critic but I hate promoting my own work and bringing any kind of attention upon myself. So, I quietly entered two films, […]

By |April 21st, 2015|Categories: Filmmaking Naturally News|8 Comments
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Your Worth as a Filmmaker Isn’t Measured by What Camera You Own

Don’t Play the If Only Game
What camera should I buy? That’s the number one question I get asked when it comes to nature and wildlife cinematography. The second most asked question I get asked is what camera do you use?

While I’m humbled that other nature and wildlife cinematographers think highly enough about my work that […]

By |February 2nd, 2015|Categories: Filmmaking Naturally News|13 Comments