Behind the scenes of the latest ZEISS Hunting film production – by Daniela Holzer
Unreal – that is the best word to describe this barren landscape. Large fields with tufts of grass rising from the boggy ground alternate with rough, broken rock and ice-covered stones that make climbing a real test of courage.
Within minutes, clouds are rising from the valley and obscuring the view with a light grey mist that looks like a soft filter. Just as quickly, the sky tears apart and drenches the valley in an unreal light.
The Defereggen Valley in Austria is full of sights and atmospheric light moods in late September. The spectacular scenery here provides the perfect backdrop:
For a film production by ZEISS Hunting, which will soon showcase innovations
(just be patient and stay tuned if you’re feeling curious!).
The bare facts of the production: 13 people, three filming days and four vehicles fully loaded with equipment.
Working together, the team manages to achieve the seemingly impossible in the Austrian Alps: tracking shots on rails, drone recordings and even a six-metre crane being built halfway up the mountain.
With these innovative filming techniques, we hope to find a new way of presenting hunting as a topic as well as people’s perceptions of hunters.
Those who work for ZEISS know all about what it means to be a hunter, and they understand the associated sensations and impressions. Many of them are passionate hunters themselves.
This explains the longing look in their eyes as they scan the steep rock walls during every filming break with the Victory SF. Maybe this is the place where we’ll find that one chamois to be the subject of the film’s mountain hunt.
Saturday morning: the weather changed overnight. Snow now covers the mountaintops, and thick clouds keep bringing new waves of precipitation.
The equipment is quickly made waterproof. In an emergency, even shower caps are used. People are prepared for everything.
Together they continue across the rough terrain. The camera is in a rig – a sort of harness to stabilise images – and this weighs heavily on the shoulders of our cameraman.
However, nobody complains. The team is used to extreme productions – and the spectacular changes in the weather make the experience of recording footage even more impressive for everyone.
We are looking forward to the final film. Until that time, there are some impressions from the set in the following gallery: