I’m back from Iowa and the WKP Video School, and I had a blast. I learned a ton about filming hunts from Todd and the White Knuckle Productions team and also really enjoyed getting to meet more members of the crew. That being said, as great as the video school was, I can’t say the same about my trip getting there.
Saturday morning I ended up getting directions to Todd Pringnitz’s, where the school was, from Mapquest. Unfortunately the maps sent me to the wrong place. As I approached what I thought was the correct road, I saw the gravel disappear and a black dirt two track laid in front of me. My options were limited and I was running late, so I decided to try heading down the road anyways. Although the road looked packed down and firm, as soon as my tires hit the track, the top two inches of dirt dissolved into a chocolate milkshake of muck. The tires on my girlfriend’s Sebring began to spin wildly and I immediately began to slide at an angle. At about 10 mph the car slid slowly and hopelessly out of control into the ditch. This trip wasn’t starting well.
Luckily I was able to back out of the ditch successfully and I found my way to Todd’s house soon after! Once at Todd’s, the school began and we dove head first into the techniques used to film hunts the WKP way. Here are a couple tips that I thought were particularly interesting…
- Todd coined a new rule of thirds for filming deer. When focused on a deer, he recommended zooming in close enough to have a space above and below the deer that was about as tall as a deer’s body would be from belly to back.
- Let the camera run for at least 10 minutes after making a shot on a deer. The emotions and reactions in this most exciting 10 minute period of a hunt truly can’t be replicated ever again. Film it all and you’ll capture a truly memorable moment.
- When filming your interviews, try having your camera man move the aim and focus of the camera. A static tripod shot of an interview can get boring, but add in some controlled movement and that action can keep the viewer’s attention.
- Film “walk off” shots. Whether it is a shot of you or a deer walking off camera, it can offer a great transition for you or your editor to cut away and edit in a new piece.
Look for a video coming soon featuring some more filming tips from Todd Pringnitz and Kyle Reenders.
In addition to the WKP Video School, Kylie and I also got to visit with some friends of ours that live in Iowa. We had a great time together and this visit once again ingrained in me why I need to move to Iowa. There are BIG deer in Iowa and lots of them! Here are a few pics of our visit and our friend Corey’s Iowa conquests.