White Falcon, White Wolf
Filmmaker Interviews: Introduction

This summer I was fortunate enough to work on White Falcon, White Wolf — the first show in NATURE’s Season 27 lineup. The film takes place on Ellesmere Island, which is so high up in the Arctic most people wouldn’t dream of traveling there, let alone haul film equipment, camp, and follow animals for weeks on end. But a group of people did just that, and I had the opportunity to interview four of them.

Shot during the brief Ellesmere Island summer, White Falcon, White Wolf captures a season when the cycles and connections of life are quite visible — light returns, babies are born, and vegetation flourishes. Following the lives of a family of gyrfalcons and a tight-knit pack of white wolves, the dramas that unfold in this show are not to be missed. So tune in on October 26, and when you find yourself wondering, “How did those filmmakers get that shot?” you can find out here. 

– Irene Tejaratchi Hess, NATURE Producer

  • Jake Mitchell

    Enjoyed reading these interviews. They’re a window into the process and a reminder of the dedication and hard work that go into making quality television.

  • will

    i have been fortunate to have backpacked on ellesmere twice for about 5 weeks…it had always been a dream since reading arctic tales as a youth..the landscape is immense, the animals curious,i have to go back…bhw

  • joe milner

    A GREAT doc. I shot wildlife docs for 7 years 1985 – 1992 and know first hand the difficulties. I mostly shot Birds of Prey and altho retired, still videotape the Migration along Lake Erie for my own pleasure and have got a lot of great Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Red Tail and many others. One question to the WWWF crew. What media did the photographers use. Film? If so what size? 16mm or 35mm? Video? Again which format? DVCam, minidv or betacam? Joe Milner. London, Ont.

  • Irene

    Hi Joe. In the interview with Jonny Keeling, he states that the crew used High Definition cameras and lenses to shoot White Falcon, White Wolf.

  • Ron Santerre

    I wish i could get a group to go up there, lived 8 years in the arctic but never had a chance to go on Ellesmere.

    I’m a photographer, if we could find someone being able to shoot film/video and a naturalist i’m up for it! :-)

    Going alone is crazy plus the $15k twin-otter flight is one of the main reason people never go there :-(

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