Sachtler Goes Off-the-Grid for “Mountain Men” Shoot


Last Updated: May 1, 2013 4:18 pm GMT
(Shelton, Connecticut--May 1, 2013) The crew at Warm Springs Productions might be laid back and friendly, but when it comes to producing their outdoor reality television and hunting shows, it’s all professional. “We use only the best equipment, and only the best tripods to keep the cameras stable,” says equipment manager Mike Schweizer. “That’s why we use Sachtler tripods and heads on all our shoots. They’ve been to the deepest swamps and the snowiest peaks. We trust our tripods to keep a steady shot in -50 degrees, in waist-high water and in torrential downpours.”

For the second season of, “Mountain Men”, which follows men who live in extreme environments, off the grid--the team will go to Northwestern Montana, the Alaskan Wilderness north of Fairbanks and the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. What gear do they trust to work in the middle of nowhere? Two Panasonic HD P2 cameras with Fujinon lenses, a Canon EOS 7D for specialty shots, and the FSB 8 fluid head with Speed Lock CF tripod from Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.

“We use Sachtler because their products are lightweight, durable, and sturdy enough to safely support our production cameras,” says Schweizer. “We spend a lot of time outdoors in extreme environments where we need our equipment to work properly in conditions that can be hazardous to most equipment. With Sachtler’s versatility and durability we are able to get the shots we need to make good TV.”

Recently, the camera team paired the Canon 7D with the FSB 8 fluid head/tripod with a slider to capture a shot of their subjects right above the water line. “It is so nice to use a tripod that we can place in the water and not have to worry about it failing and soaking our camera equipment,” says Schweizer. “Not to mention that we can just pull it out of the water and keep shooting.”

Often, Warm Springs Productions must travel into what Schweizer terms, “the middle of nowhere,” with cameramen perched on the ridge of mountains. “If the tripods weren’t as lightweight as they are, we wouldn’t be able to carry them with us to remote locations.”

The FSB 8 fluid head is designed for a range of payloads from 2.2 to 13.2 pounds (.99kg- 5.98kg) so it deftly handles whichever camera/lens configuration Schweizer chooses. Its Touch & Go side load mechanism with a sliding range of 4.7” and 10-step counterbalance offers even more versatility. The lightweight, two-stage carbon fiber Speed Lock CF tripod is speedy to set up--a simple release of three clamps and it is ready for action.

The second season of “Mountain Men”, is now shooting. It is slated to begin airing on The History Channel later this year. Warm Springs Productions based out of Missoula, Montana, also produces “Making Monsters” on The Travel Channel and “On Your Own Adventure” on The Sportsman Channel. All projects use Sachtler supports.

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About Sachtler
Sachtler, founded in 1958 by cameraman Wendelin Sachtler, is a worldwide market leader for professional camera support systems for cinematography and television production, its name a symbol of top quality and reliability for decades. With an extensive range of camera support systems as well as a finely modulated product line of reportage lighting, Sachtler is the highly qualified partner for broadcast and film applications. Since 2000, Sachtler has been offering the artemis modular camera stabilizer system. With its numerous workshops and training sessions, the Wendelin Sachtler Academy has become a top address worldwide for invaluable know-how and the exchange of information, creating the ideal international platform for creative talents. Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Sachtler is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on Sachtler, visit

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business, serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

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