Part 2: What I learned from starting a Youtube channel using nothing but GoPros. by Justin Kietzman

After work one day me and my previously mentioned co-worker decided to head out to the Lower Madison River near Bozeman Montana. Armed to the teeth with every piece of fishing equipment we owned and two Go-Pro Hero 2’s, with cut up cases so I could stick Panasonic Stereo mic’s in them; which completely removes the waterproofing (I don’t understand how I never destroyed one of those cameras).

We were amped and ready to catch fish.

We got to our fishing spot at Red Mountain campground, a location we had caught many fish at before, put on the Go-Pros and hit the water with our fly rods. Not-so-luckily for us, there was a screaming drunk person on a float going past every 2 minutes, spilling beer in the water and making as much noise as possible. So after about two hours of fishing and one complete set of Go-Pro batteries, we decided to hang up the graceful touch of the fly rods and move down river to faster water and break out the spinning rods.

Once there, I realized the battery situation was more dire than I had realized. The battery on the Go-Pro I was wearing was at 50% and I only had one spare for my co-worker. So the rest of the day was nothing more than me occasionally switching on my Go-Pro when I thought I was about to catch fish, then forgetting to switch it back off, draining my battery even more. Luckily my partner that day, caught a few fish while his was running, scoring us some decent very shaky footage.

Go-Pros are the most reliable cameras on the market.

If you treat them well and follow the rules, they will work. As long as you have a fast enough memory card, you will never get a file error, especially in Protune. They can record video for constantly for the life of the battery, they will not shut off on you like most DSLR’s. The batteries run for two hours only, the primary complaint I hear about Go-Pros is the battery, these are primarily from people with little camera experience. Besides one Canon camcorder I owned, the Go-Pro has the longest single battery life of any camera I own. If you need the camera to run longer, they sell battery backpacs, or you can use an external charger, upping your time to 4-6 hours.

Next week I will talk about my editing workflow with the Go-Pro footage.

 

Stay Tuned

 

-Justin Kietzman

Part 1: What I learned from starting a Youtube channel using nothing but GoPros. by Justin Kietzman

 

As anyone involved in video production knows, it is very easy to get caught up in the gear. You often put off projects, or don’t even considering certain shots, based solely on the fact that I don’t have the right filter with me or my lens isn’t fast enough to get that shot. From a professional standpoint these thoughts are often totally valid, but that’s what’s funny about youtube, these things are never valid. The youtube audience does not care about picture, they care only about content.

But first, a bit of backstory.

Over the summer of 2015, after returning to work from a reconstructive knee surgery, I was spending most of my time hiking, or doing laps around the Gallatin Valley on my road bike trying to get my strength back. After a few months of this I started to get very bored of the repetitiveness of seeing the same tour busses heading to West Yellowstone as I would pass Gooch Hill, or seeing the same backs of trail runners as they passed me while I headed up Sourdough Canyon Trail.

Noticing my frustration and boredom, one day a co-worker offered to take me fishing, as he knew I loved salt water fishing.

Hailing from central North Carolina, the only fishing we had was for crappies, which isn’t the most exciting and bass fishing, which is absurdly hard for a kid fishing in a lake that is regularly used for national bass competitions. So some of the best memories I have as a kid were the times we went deep sea fishing off the coast of Myrtle Beach or Charlestone, SC. When you go out 75 miles in a fishing boat, with a captain that has been doing it for 30 years, you catch an absolutely insane amount of fish.

During my knee surgery I spent a lot of time rigging my open top kayak and going pier and surf fishing with my father. I spent a lot of time also watching Robert Field youtube videos, seeing how he handled the larger fish in his kayak. All the while, really taking in how he filmed his shows.

All of this came back really quickly the first time I fished in Montana. The fish here are hungry. Before, when I thought of fresh water fishing, I envisioned sitting on a boat, in the middle of a still lake, in 98 degree, 95% humidity, not catching anything all day. But now, I think about that first time I stood in the middle of the Madison, watching with snipers eyes as I would see 14 inch rainbow peek out from behind his rock, deciding to chase my lure and running off as they would see my standing there while I reeled in my size 2 mepps as fast as I could. It was exilerating. Having been involved in a FPV (first person view) action sports youtube channel the year prior, I had a feeling this was something people wanted to see, through the eyes of the fisherman.

That’s when Intense Fish was born. It was the simplest of plans, using them simplest of gear, doing the simplest of sports, fishing.

I will get into the technicals of how I made IntenseFish and Bonafide Fishing next week.

Stay Tuned.

 

-Justin Kietzman

Five Rivers Lodge – Behind the Scenes

fiveriverslodgeOn January 17th, 2016 The Bonafide Film House crew set out in our production van to Dillon, Montana to film Five Rivers Lodge. Armed with our Black Magic Cinema, the Sony a6000 and a slew of GoPro 3’s to compliment our Aerial footage.

We arrived at the Lodge around 9:45 am and quickly unpacked our equipment and got the drone in the air. After capturing some stunning footage of the surrounding mountain ranges and breathtaking views we set the drone aside to set up our time lapse cameras (GoPro’s in this case). After pressing record on those we moved into the lodge breaking out the Black Magic, lights, sliders and manfrotto fluid head to capture the each rooms unique feel.

Once we completed the inside of the lodge we moved back outside with a freshly charged DJI Phantom 3 Professional and used the birds eye view to really show the vastness of the property and the beauty of its surroundings. Start to finish with the 3 hour drive time we where in the field for 6 hours.

Once we got home we started ingestion; dumping and rendering all the time lapses out into the cineform mezzanine codec. Justin took over from there, using Adobe After Effects CC 2016 and Adobe Premier Pro CC 2016 to edit, stylize and color correct all our the lodge to the best of his ability. In the end Bonafide Film House produced a quality piece to help promote the lodge.

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