Filming the Hunt…

Film the Hunt  (by Henry Morris)

We all have had a great hunt in the pass, are maybe we are looking forward to a great hunt coming up, and we would like to capture the moment! Lets consider filming our hunt or a friends hunt, here are three steps to apply when capturing an event hunting or otherwise!

: Three Steps to Apply:


  1. What every the gear you use, the main focus is to learn the functions and operation of the camera, know the gear  IMG_2663

and equipment,(Frist Command)


  1. Now lets take a look at the concept of filming the hunt. Simply things are needed to tell the story from / talking

to the outfitter/setting up stands and feeders/archery and gun range shots/hunting/recovery’s/hanging around

camp /these are must have shots to tell the story


3.Practice playing the part, and create the steps you would tell the story to its full excited and delivered event end!


: Helpful tips for shooting great Video :


  1. Use, manual focus if your camera has it!
  2. Set, white balance @ every location and as daylight changes!
  3. When, shooting outdoors keep the sun behind you!
  4. Plan, your shoot!
  5. Use, tripod or other image stabilization devices!
  6. For, handheld stability, imagine that your camcorder is a very full cup of hot coffee!
  7. Use, the zoom to compose your shot, Avoid zooming while tape is rolling.
  8. Move, camcorder only when necessary!
  9. Shoot, to edit ( this will save time later.)!
  10. Keep your average shot length between 5 and 10 seconds!
  11. Keep, the shot steady ( no zoom or pan) for at least 10 seconds!

12.While, shooting be as inconspicuous as possible to best capture the true behavior of you subject!

  1. 10 %, rule, only 10% of all footage captured will be useful, This does mean roll a bunch of tape, but keep in mind

when shooting that a lot of it will not be used.

  1. Always, run a few seconds of new tape before capturing an event!


: The seven deadly sins -Video Capture :


  1. HEADHUNTING; placing every subject in the center of your frame, note shoot 1/3 of frame left or right using the

direction of subject or what is unfolding in the 1/3 th of frame!

  1. MOTORING; (zoom) overuse of on screen zooms!
  2. ROOTING; staying in one spot instead of looking for interesting angles!

4.FIREHOSING; panning all over the scene!

  1. UPSTANDING; shooting everything from standing eye-level!
  2. SNAPSHOOTING; staying only two or three seconds per shot!

7.BACKLIGHTING; too much light falling on the background instead of on the subject!


Note: You are not just a Videographer, but you must become a cinematographer, a story teller, guiding your

viewers. When getting ready to film look for the best lighting, the best angles. Angles are critical  for

story telling ,shot the same scene again, with angle at least 20% different in angle, is needed!

Remember to get plenty of B-roll ,Cutaways, scene shots, close ups, nature shots. weather shots, and the

master scene ( the kill shots).

Note: Hitchcock rule: the size of the subject in the shot ,should equal its importance in the story at that moment!


Hey, learn gear , camera, equipment first, practice the story, get plenty of footage, and most of all

HAVE Fun filming the event!

These things should be helpful in learning the concept of filming the hunt. and being a hunter makes it easy

to capture, because if you do your job in filming the hunt, you to harvested the game as well!

That’s all folks, or is it?   Lets add a second camera for more angles! Hey lets

learn to run one camera first / this will come later on!!


Henry Morris TEAM FHTV……………….)