In Search of Wolves: Filmmaking in the Wilds of Canada

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Bertie Gregory looks every bit the part of a wildlife documentary filmmaker.

Like a David Attenborough or Bear Grylls, his natural enthusiasm for animals and conservation is infectious (the comparisons come easily: Gregory also features a British accent). He’s comfortable in front of the camera, easygoing and conversational, as if he’s right there in your living room talking with you. He’s willing to go to the ends of the earth in search of animals. And what’s more, he’s only 23 years old.

The winner of the Youth Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Award, Gregory has been filming wildlife since he was 12. The day after he graduated college, he began working for National Geographic Magazine, assisting photographer Steve Winter in his work with leopards. Gregory next headed for the west coast of Canada for his debut solo assignment for National Geographic to film Nat Geo WILD’s first digital series, wild_life With Bertie Gregory, in search of the elusive coastal wolf that inhabits one of the last places on the planet where a wild forest meets a wild ocean. While in the field, Gregory navigates harsh terrain filled with unexpected encounters, all in an effort to find and film wolves that seem more like ghosts of the British Columbia coast than actual creatures.

Read the whole story on the LaCie blog to see how, often filming alone, Gregory has learned to deal with the logistical challenges along the way.

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