We are joined by Brian Call of Gritty Bowmen, James Hardesty of Six With Stixs & photographer and videographer Lane Walter, from No Limits Archery in Denver, Colorado. These three gentleman have spent countless hours in the wilderness and Brian & Lane have spent countless hours filming their time in the wilderness, so it's only natural for this podcast to turn into a filming 101 course. James picks Brian & Lane's brains on how to tell a compelling story through film. Brian & Lane share their experience of hunting with a cameraman vs filming their own hunts, how to tell a good story, asking the right questions during an interview and even the post production process of editing & selecting music. If you have thought about filming your hunts but just don't know where to start, then this podcast is the perfect jumping off point, to get some tips from the experts.
1:03 – Podcast start an intro Brian Call with Gritty Bowman, James Hardesty of Six with Stix and hunting photographer & videographer Lane Walter from No Limits Archery in Denver Colorado.
1:53 – The group talks about the Alpha Bowhunting Challenge that went on right before this podcast, who was successful and who was not so successful. They also talk about how they compete and their strategies on how to tackle the challenge.
4:24 – Brian talks about the new gear he has been using and having to change some things around for the competition.
10:34 – Lane Walters background of producing television and film, where he got started and what he is doing today on top of being a fireman.
12:36- filming hunts. The group talks about filming hunts and some advice that they have for to the listeners to know the dos and don’ts as far as filming. Lane talks about his experience with wanting a cameraman to hunt with him and Brian talks about enjoying filming his hunts. We also talk about the different things you can use like go pros and iPhones with high quality imagery to capture our hunts.
15:33– Brian shares his experience of filming and editing for Gritty Bowmen and knowing what kind of shots he needs to get because he is an editor. He also talks about releasing 60 videos/8 weeks starting today. This will take the wiewer through each of their hunts. They also talk about length of videos and important things to pay attention to when releasing videos to capture the audience the entire time.
22:56– Lane gives his advice on how he picks his content for his videos. He talks about sending his videos to a group of guys that he trusts and has hunted with to see what their reaction is and then make edits or changes from their feedback. They also talk about the importance of appealing to hunters and also non-hunters.
26:33– Filming your own hunt. Brian talks about how things have changed over the years as far as filming your hunts and how the audience wants to see it raw and real, they do not want reenactments, commercials etc like how most hunting television is. They want to experience it how the hunter experienced it.
29:14- The importance of B-roll, close-ups, and everything that brings the viewer into the film. They talk about how that’s kind of lost these days because everything is so quick and fast and needing to be right now. Brian talks about why the beauty shots make people feel part of it and engaged. He also talks about filming each piece of the the story and how important it is to have the raw parts of the actual hunt.
33:10 – James talks about the story that he is trying to tell. He talks about the story he is trying to capture of hunting with his father since he was young in an area and then going back to that same spot that his dad passed down to him years ago. He talks about wanting to build a story about that and not the actual kill.
38:36 – Once your film is done, what do you do next? How do you release it? Brian talks about when he produces and edits films, he does it for himself first and for the audience second. He talks about the importance of knowing who you are making the video for and then that will determine how your video turns out and where it’s seen.
4330 – The music. The group talks about the importance of music during films and how you really need to spend time finding the right music that works and not just slapping music on the video and going with it.
45:02- Filmmaking is expensive. We talk about the amount of money, dedication and time that goes into the videos that Brian and Lane have produced and ways to make it inexpensive.
46:57- The interview. The interview is there to tell the story of what you are trying to portray. Brian talks about how he thinks of the storyline prior to the interview and then he asked questions to get the answers he is looking for instead of writing generic questions.
49:16- Lane talks about the fourth wall, meaning talking to the cameraman during a film. He tlaks about why he likes doing this and Brian explains that having the cameraman be a part of it shows that he/she is there instead of pretending like they aren't isn’t, it helps keep it real.
52:21 – Wrapping up. Brian talks about moving to Utah and continuing his podcast in a studio there. He also talks about the 60 days of video that he’s releasing and how he hopes everybody enjoys it. Lane talks about what he has coming up and James talks about working on his upcoming film and getting in shape for hunting season.