Shannon Wild and Russell MacLaughlin are renowned for capturing intimate shots of wildlife in their natural environments. Shannon and Russ’ award-winning images have been featured on National Geographic and Animal Planet, and in exhibits around the world. Their work is fueled by their dedication to conservation and profound love of the wild world.
In this RED Collective video, the husband-and-wife filmmaking team discusses the immense passion and patience required to shoot wildlife, and the importance of having the right professional-grade camera equipment to capture these unscripted moments. Watch Shannon and Russ go to work on the beaches of Indonesia with the Komodo dragon, and travel with them to Kenya as they hunt with the big cats.
Shannon and Russell originally started shooting on the RED Scarlet-W, and eventually upgraded to the Helium 8K S35. As with a lot of wildlife documentary shoots, the crew and equipment is kept to a minimum.
Wildlife documentaries really do benefit from the use of high-resolutionn cameras. The ability to be able to punch into an image is crucial when you are trying to capture animals that need to be shot at a safe distance. BBC’s Planet Earth series routinely used RED cameras for this very reason.
The BTS video was shot on RED WEAPON with the HELIUM 8K S35 sensor and Leica Summicron-C lenses.
Not only is it interesting to hear from the filmmakers themselves and to see what equipment they are using, but it’s also a good chance to see some amazing visuals.