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Filming of the Hobbit

14 Jan 2015
@ 03:58 pm (GMT)

Warrick Edmonds

Nathan, tell us about the filming of your hunting operation in December. How does it work, was it just a couple guys with camera, a bigger operation, scripted or off the cuff, all the details, I'm curious to know?



15 Jan 2015
@ 04:15 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Filming of the Hobbit
Hi Warrick, we had a U.S film director here, his fiancee and a friend of theirs as a helper. I had a helper as well who is very good with a camera so we had all filming covered. Steph worked at camp. The Americans were wonderful to work with and spend time with- like family.The weather did not play ball, it rained heavily which limited things.

From my own perspective, there were some difficulties. I wanted to give a tutorial while the director wanted to make a movie. Sounds good huh. But when you think about it, these are actually two completely separate operations with the director focused on filming needs versus me wanting to push a tutorial (in completely adverse weather). I think to actually film a how-to tutorial, it would take over a week. What we ended up with instead, was a series of interviews and some hunting footage. This will work well with the directors core goal of producing a movie regarding his travels to various experts and locations in his own search to become a better long range shooter.

The filming was non scripted and organic. Ours took a twist because up until the director arrived here, other schools had placed an emphasis on kit or whatever- nobody focused on terminal performance.

I would guess that it will take about 12 months for the director to put the final movie / doco together. He may also want more footage so we will have to see.

The rifles we used included a DTA .338 Lapua and M700 .308 rifles.

Cameras used included an Epic Red and new Canan DSLR's capable of high def film footage. We also used a very basic camcorder and a go-pro for filming on the go. The camera's took an absolute beating.

Initially I was worried about how I would "appear" etc. But once we got into it, I felt the same concern for viewers as I would for any client so I found it very easy to focus on this.

By the end of the hunt, our visitors were so muddy that they had to be hosed down outside the B&B they stayed at- with their clothes on. They were totally immersed in the NZ experience- and they were real doers too. Everybody shared camp chores etc and gutting animals. No prissy nonsense, salt of the earth people.

So that's what happened. If the film comes to fruition, it will be great for business, if not, well we met some wonderful people.
15 Jan 2015
@ 05:45 pm (GMT)

Warrick Edmonds

Re: Filming of the Hobbit
That actually sounds like a good experience, good fun in fact. (other than the rain) I was expecting make-up, hair stylists and folding chairs with the star's names on them. You will have to post the name of the doco once it's been released.

Those new DSLR's are the business. Just before Christmas my wife dropped my old Nikon D80 and it hasn't been the same since. I was seriously hoping Santa might bring me one of the new ones but no sign of that happening yet.
15 Jan 2015
@ 07:36 pm (GMT)

Jim Moseley

Re: Filming of the Hobbit
Can't wait to see the footage. The "Red One" is one helleva camera! Glad you had fun!
17 Jan 2015
@ 05:32 pm (GMT)


Re: Filming of the Hobbit
Sounds good, a pity about the 7mm practical not turning up. I'd be interested in seeing it also.
Sounds like you have enough gear, maybe the odd DVD or two after the book series?
18 Jan 2015
@ 03:52 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Filming of the Hobbit
Yes, thats possibly the way forwards Jason, either DVD's or more youtube footage or both. Have to complete the book series and KB first though.
20 Jan 2015
@ 07:32 pm (GMT)

Alvaro Piqueras Alonso-Lamberti

Re: Filming of the Hobbit
Will be great to see the filming!

What a pitty about the 7 practical :(


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