Everyone has a defining moment that somehow ends up shaping their future. For me it was filming a wolf pack in Northern Minnesota.
I had recently made the switch to shooting HD video and this would be my first big adventure with my new camera.
My trip would be around Valentines Day and my camera arrived on the 7th of February. Not a lot of time to learns all the ins and outs.
So I fired off an email to a Panasonic guru asking for his advice. He gave me some pointers and wished me luck. As it happened, I came back with some incredible footage. I edited the footage quickly into a short film I called “In the Company of Wolves.” I showed my friends and family and that’s about as far as it went until the Panasonic guru sent me an email asking how the trip went.
So, I showed him some of the footage and that’s when things went a little crazy. He told me I had to put this footage out there and if I didn’t then he would.
It seems that I was one of the first ones to get this new Panasonic camera and people were clamoring to see footage from it. I had decided to order the camera before Panasonic even released any of the specs on it which was probably why I had one of the first ones.
Well, the footage because a wild success. If you mention the Panasonic HVX-200 people would say “Did you see the wolf footage?” Yeah, it was that nuts.
About the time things started to calm down I got another email from the Panasonic guru telling me he showed the footage to the number two guy of Panasonic North America. He couldn’t believe it wasn’t shot with a much more expensive camera.
Well, talks went back and forth and the next thing you know, I was being sent over to film in Africa with a brand new camera from Panasonic to shoot some test footage. It was a beta camera so unfortunately it had some issues that effected the final footage.
I’ve tested other camera for Panasonic, the footage shows up at NAB in Las Vegas but it was that first footage of the wolves that really started it all.
But the footage isn’t something I really show very much. Sadly one of the wolves a female, less than a year old was shot and killed during the time I was filming the pack. I imagine most if not all of the wolves are probably dead by now. So it’s sad that something that changed my destiny turned out so so badly for the wolves.
But I can’t forget how incredible the feeling was being in the presence of these remarkable creatures.
I do have to warn you that there is some pretty graphic footage in some of these scenes. So if you’re a bit squeamish you may not want to watch this film.