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Chip Houseman

Chip with camera Kenneth "Chip" Houseman developed his passion for wildlife and wild places at an early age. Much of his Montana childhood was spent outdoors becoming an avid fisherman, hunter, hiker and skier. He later attended the University of Montana to study wildlife biology. It was after moving to Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the late 80s that he began to purse his cinematography on location. Working with filmmakers Wolfgang Bayer, Shane Moore and Franz Camenzind helped kindle his budding career.

Chip with Buddhist MonksChip and filmmaker Hugh Miles had just completed two and a half years of filming and producing The National Geographic Television Special, "The Tigers of Kanha," when he was tragically killed in a plane crash off the coast of Thailand on December 11, 1998. He was 35 years old and reaching the height of his 18 year filming career. To quote Hugh Miles, "He made the film ("Tigers of Kanha") what it is by sheer dedication and pure artistic talent. His cinematography was fantastic and Chip was very much driven by wanting to protect the tigers." This award winning film reflects his high professional standards and ability to capture beautiful and compelling footage.

Additional filming credits include ABC/Kane, BBC Wildlife, PBS, WNET Nature, WGBH NOVA, National Geographic Television and other independent productions. Chip made his mark both professionally and personally with all the beings he came into contact with during his travels to all 7 continents. His work will remain a testament to his devotion and love of life on this planet.

A memorial fund has been established in his honor care of The Jackson State Bank, P.O. Box 1788, Jackson, WY, 83001. Contributions will be steered to tiger conservation efforts.

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