Wild About WildlifeIvo Nörenberg of Gulo Film Productions has been a professional wildlife camera man for thirteen years now. His work has been on the likes of National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, NDR, BBC, and many more.
Most recently, Ivo and his partner Oliver Goetzl shot and produced the award-winning The Real Jungle Book Bear for the BBC. Following a 'real-life Baloo', they follow this Indian sloth bear on his first year alone in the harsh Karnataka landscape, fending off foes and finding food (watch below).
"I do not know a moment in my life without the desire of becoming a wildlife camera man. This is what I wanted to become all along. I love to be out in the nature, to be surrounded by the nature and its wildlife," Ivo passionately shares.
Camera selection is critical for the crew; the long days in extreme conditions and weather, the unpredictable movements and patterns of the wildlife. Only the best cameras will do for Ivo and his crew. Prior to selection and shooting, extensive pretests are done.
"The Weisscam HS-2 (P+S Technik) is the best camera for slow motion images and the SinaCAM is very good as an underwater lipstick camera," he suggests. Ivo has used his faithful nanoFlash with these cameras for some time.
In addition to The Real Jungle Book Bear, he has used this combination for the cinema movie “Serengeti” (Studio: Universum Film GmbH), and Wild Scandinavia: Finland (GULO FILM PRODUCTIONS and NDR Naturfilm in co-production with NDR, ARTE, WDR, Terra Mater, National Geographic, Animal Planet, S4C, SVT) nominated for Cinematography Award and Series Award at Wildscreen Festival
in Bristol. In particular, he likes the loop/cache recording function, not to mention the lightweight, small size for easy handling.
"We bought the ARRI Alexa to be able to capture high contrast scenes. To get the best out of the camera I want to capture the Raw data of the ALEXA. Furthermore, I prefer cameras that are able to capture and reproduce this “certain atmosphere” of the nature, like the colors of the blue hour, so that the viewer, the audience can immerse into it as well." For this, Ivo uses a Gemini 4:4:4 recorder for 10-bit 1080p60 ARRIRAW capture.
Ivo adds, "...and it's still a small recorder! On top of that I appreciate the inbuilt monitor. Every time during the color correction I am positively surprised, amazed about the possibilities of adjusting colors as well as the fine details in the highlights".
Stay tuned for More stunning, super slow motion of fighting Bison, flying swallows, underwater spurning trout and splashing Geysers in their newest productions for National Geographic “North America's Natural Wonders: Yellowstone”, an eight-part series about America's National Parks, to be broadcast in 2015, recorded on Gemini 4:4:4.
WATCH: THE REAL JUNGLE BOOK BEAR