When did work begin on HeadHunters?
Shawn: I started last fall. Randy and I went on one elk hunt, a mule deer hunt, two whitetail hunts, a couple waterfowl hunts and a turkey hunt.
Since Head Hunters is a look behind the scenes of the outdoor tv industry, can you tell me one thing that people would never expect about how you guys film these shows?
Shawn: My main focus is to make the production different than other shows. People might not understand how the shots were constructed but the main purpose is that the viewer notices them and is drawn towards the show. For example adding movement…I think from a viewers perspective they are more drawn to an artistic moving shot than a wide plain shot that has no meaning or purpose. An example of this might be a tight, track dolly shot.
Changing topics a little, how will your work with Head Hunters effect what you’re doing with Heartland Bowhunter?
Shawn: I have obligations to film for both shows as much as possible. I am a recent college graduate and since graduation I have started working for both shows full time. I am on the road almost constantly this fall. In the past, I had school and other jobs to attend. But now HeadHunter’s has helped finance me enough to where I can hunt/film full time. So the effect of HeadHunter’s on Heartland Bowhunter has definitely been a positive. It has made it much more affordable and given me more time to do what I love.
That being said, what are your hunting plans for the rest of the season?
Shawn: I plan to hunt and film in 9 different states this fall. I haven’t killed a whitetail in 3 years since I am usually dedicated to the camera. But I will get to hunt some of the states this year, so I am really hoping I will be lucky enough to bring home a buck on one of our trips. I’ll be in Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Could you share one tip with the guys, as many folks seasons are beginning or starting shortly?
Shawn: One tip for the guys would be to bring a camera into the woods! Bring back your memory to show everyone else. Whether you killed something or experienced something in the woods that was very unique. Why not share the experience with everyone else? Another tip on last minute preparation would be to make sure you don’t forget about our youth. If the youth isn’t invloved in hunting then how will there be a future for the sport we love?
Speaking of hunting seasons getting started, I know that you and Randy are out in Wyoming hunting right now. Have you had any luck yet?
Shawn: Haha no. I’m filming Randy out here and he passed on a 135″ 6×5 in velvet that he had passed on earlier this week. We also had a really close call with a 150″ this morning but he didn’t come in quite close enough. Also a tip for you guys, I’d really recommend that more people should try to come hunt whitetails out west. Coming from the Midwest, the hunting out here makes you really pay attention to scent control. The wind is constantly switching or swirling. Hunting out here you are constantly checking wind direction
For more info about HeadHunter’s TV check out their website here. It’s still in the process of being developed, but look for something substantial soon!
And to watch this season of Heartland Bowhunter online, visit HeartlandBowhunter.com