Anderson Takes to the Wild for National Geographic

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Wed, 12/04/2013 - 11:43 -- Nick Dager

Wildlife cinematographer Casey Anderson.Wildlife cinematographer Casey Anderson is constantly challenging himself and his equipment, to capture some of the most incredible animals that roam our planet. Anderson recently returned to the wild on three different projects for National Geographic.

“In two circumstances, I was filming giant bears scavenging on whale carcasses,” he explained. “One was along the coast of the Arctic Ocean. Hoards of polar bears and a few grizzly bears devoured a dead bowhead whale. Another was in Kodiak Alaska. Here, up to 20 of the world’s biggest bears consumed a dead humpback whale.”

Anderson’s camera arsenal is broad, and includes Sony FS-700s, an FLIR infrared, and other super low-light night cameras. “What isn’t broad is my now-favorite choice of tripod – the Sachtler Ace L. It’s perfect for everything,” he said enthusiastically.

“We had to slip in at night and get our shots,” Anderson said. “At any given time, we’d have to bolt away from an approaching bear. The Ace L is lightweight for easy getaways – but sturdy and steady for smooth, solid shots. It’s simply the perfect combination of low weight for run-and-gun coupled with an amazing design for filming. It’s now my favorite tripod ever.”

An explorer and naturalist, Anderson is based out of Montana. He is host and executive producer of the National Geographic WILD Channel series Expedition Wild and America the Wild. His project Die Trying, the Hunt for the Super Bear will air first quarter of 2014.