Chris Morgan's Wildnotes

Behind the Scenes

Recently our friend Terri asked us a great question on Facebook:

“Enjoying Bears of Last Frontier again! Chris, I know you & Joe are filming here, but about how many others are in the crew such as filming the salmon feed? Just curious. Looking forward to the other parts especially the Polar Bears. Thanks again!”

Most people don’t really know who is behind the scenes.  It can’t just be Joe right?  Well, not exactly.  Here’s the response from Chris:

“Hi Terri – so glad you are enjoying the series! Believe it or not Joe is pretty much it on 95% of the shows – he has a knack of covering a lot of material with just one camera. And we love to keep the crew small, low impact, and nimble. So yes, most of the time it is just Joe and I, but we also had some spectacular help from Brenda Phillips who came in to film some of the scenes in episode 1 with her Canon 5D, and Dean Cannon joined us for a few days to shoot second camera, and was also out filming Anchorage bears when Joe and I couldn’t be there. Dean is also a specialist with the ‘Phantom’ which is a super high speed camera that gets mind-blowing slow motion shots (like those slow mo’s of the salmon and the bears charging through the water). Nim Pontecorvo was on location most of the time as sound person. Then of course there is lot’s of help behind the scenes and during editing! Thanks for your question! Keep your eye out for more of our films this year – I head to Siberia to host a show about tigers in March for PBS, and our BBC Wolf series will be on Discovery sometime this spring – watch this space. I’m also working on a brand new BBC bear series with some amazing film makers from the Planet Earth team this year which will be pretty epic.

This is the gigantic crew that filmed Bears of the Last Frontier:


Chris Morgan, Brenda Phillips, Dean Cannon, Joe Pontecorvo, Nim Pontecorvo during filming of bears of the Last Frontier episode 1 ‘City of Bears’.

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