I was scrolling through my newsfeed and couldn’t help to notice that Huntervids had featured another video on their Facebook page. I earnestly clicked the link because I have yet to be disappointed with the exceptional stories posted by Huntervids. There are some great storytellers out there, and Sons of the Hunt’s documentary was no exception. I enjoy documentaries over “Big Buck Videos” because there is more involved than just the actual hunt itself. In my opinion, it’s much more meaningful and authentic. From start to finish I was engaged and their story was well told. I found myself quite moved by their experiences and I am sure that was their intention when they created the film. However, and maybe I am alone in thinking this, I found myself mulling over a number of thoughts regarding their process to produce this documentary. After finishing the film, I felt moved and inspired but I had to learn more about the three friends who told an amazing story of their 2014 deer season.
Sons of the Hunt was built on a strong friendship between three friends that had a common goal of piecing together their stories from the field. Mark Misura’s encounter and successful harvest of a well-known buck in his community sparked his interest in filming his own hunts. Driven by his passion for hunting and filming, Mark reached out to his good friends Mitchell Pope and Bryan Filarsky with the idea of documenting their deer hunting stories to inspire others. Both Mark and Mitchell have had great success in the woods and both show the same strong passion for deer hunting. Bryan, having a major in graphic design, is well versed in videography and photography. With this background, Bryan was able to successfully advise Mark and Mitchell on what cameras to use and how to use them to tell their story. With their skill sets combined, they made a great team and managed to produce a noteworthy story. It is amazing what can happen when talented people work together towards a common goal.
I was very impressed by the footage quality and what they used to film their hunts. Bryan made a bold recommendation for Mark and Mitchell is purchase DSLR cameras as opposed to a much more user-friendly HD camcorder. If you have never worked with a DSLR camera, very few are compatible with remotes or zoom controllers; making it difficult to focus or zoom in while self-filming. However, the quality of the picture is unmatched at a price-point compared to other camcorders, so the team decided to use DSLRs to self-film their hunts.
Mark’s Camera Equipment:
-Muddy Outdoor Camera Arm with silent strap
Mitchell’s Camera Equipment:
-Muddy Camera Arm with silent strap
Crazy right? At least I think so. I’m sure most of you reading have shot deer right? Cool. Well try shooting a rutted up whitetail buck AND capture your hunt on film with a DSLR that you can only focus or zoom by manually adjusting the lens. During the documentary, I noticed that they were using DSLRs and didn’t see any remotes or zoom controllers. If someone advised me to strictly use a DSLR to self-film my hunt I would be in serious doubt that I could be successful.
Apparently, I am not the only one who thinks that successfully self-filming with a DSLR is nearly impossible. Mitchell experienced some adversity of his own when an unnamed local hunter and videographer learned that he would be attempting to self-film with a DSLR. Mitchell told this unnamed person about their task and the unnamed person’s insight was, “You’ll never be able to do it”- ultimately deeming their mission unachievable. Needless to say, he was proven wrong when both Mitchell and Mark managed to harvest more than respectable whitetail bucks on film. There’s proof at the end of this article- just press play. I am a huge fan of the underdog in any story. Mostly because I have often been the underdog myself. Nothing is more gratifying than defying the negative words of the “nay-sayers”.
How they managed to capture these hunts on film is quite impressive, to say the least. Mark informed me that both he and Mitchell took the time to practice and fully understand how their cameras work. Prior to the start of the deer season, Mark and Mitchell practiced zooming and anticipating the distance of their desired target. I think this a great example of getting to know your camera. Mark and Mitchell saw the importance of this, and with the help and guidance from Bryan, they were able to become sufficient at anticipating the distance of an animal in shooting range. You will see in the documentary that their offseason dedication really paid off when the moment of truth arrived.
The guys at “Sons of the Hunt” took on the challenge of self-filming and overcame the many obstacles that come with it. This team is a perfect example of what three friends can do when they work together and feed off of each other’s strengths. Like many others, I truly enjoy reading, listening or watching the stories of other hunters. The storyline of their deer hunting season alone is something to appreciate. But as a fellow self-filmer, I really admire the work and talent behind a production such as “Ghost”. I hope you guys enjoyed reading about the Sons of the Hunt’s work and if you have any questions for these guys you can look them up on Facebook. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this featured production just as much as I did.