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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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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
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Filmmaking Naturally’s Five Most Popular Posts

I love filming nature and wildlife! I love sharing what I’ve discovered and filmed as well as sharing my workflow and beliefs. Some posts resonate more with people than others. I thought I’d post the five most popular posts since I started this blog.

As I approach 100 posts it’s easy for even popular posts to […]

By |January 25th, 2015|Categories: Filmmaking Naturally News|2 Comments
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How A Million Slides Made Me A Better Nature And Wildlife Filmmaker

Before I made the switch to digital video in 2005 I was a still photographer. My cameras weren’t digital, they used film.
For those of you that may have never used film let me give you an idea of the workflow.

35mm photography film came in small canisters, usually with enough unexposed film in them […]

By |January 20th, 2015|Categories: Filmmaking Naturally News|4 Comments
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Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking: Finding The Little Things

Yesterday, I talked about finding joy discovering the little things in nature and filming them. Today I’d like to talk about actually finding these little things. At first it may prove difficult or even impossible but with some practice you’ll start discovering some amazing things to film.
The Key to Discovering the Little Things
There’s only two […]

By |January 19th, 2015|Categories: Filmmaking Naturally News|2 Comments