SELFILMED 101 – Part 9 – After the Shot

Part 9 – After the Shot

So you finally had a successful hunt, you got the shot on camera, and your second and third angle footage is perfect. The hunt couldn’t have gone any better. After a long evening of getting your animal taken care of you suddenly realize your mistake. Amidst all of the excitement you completely forgot to film a post hunt interview! You wonder if the footage you have will be sufficient, but you know deep down you could have done a better job. We’ve all been there, and it is definitely a frustrating feeling. With a little preparation, these frustrations can be easily avoided.

Just like all of the b-roll you’ll want to capture during your hunt, there are a few critical pieces of footage you should try to get post hunt. There is definitely an endless array of shots you could get, but this article will focus on the following: post-shot interview, recovery footage, post-hunt interview and gear loading/exit.

The post-shot interview should be kept brief and shot immediately after the kill shot.  This is when the adrenaline and excitement of the hunt truly shows.  It should be a short clip, but it is an important part of telling your story. Often times, you spend hours and hours waiting for an opportunity at an animal and once it happens, it happens quick. As a viewer, it is hard to fully understand exactly what happened many times, so it is a good idea to provide a quick recap of the shot opportunity and how it came into being. There is no need to elaborate in too great of detail at this point, that can be saved for your post-hunt interview. However, it is often times a good idea to share your initial thoughts on your shot placement and your expected outcome of the hunt.

Next, you’ll obviously be on the recovery. One good shot to get at the start of this period is climbing down out of your stand. At the least, get some footage of lowering your bow/packing up your backpack. Once you hit the ground, it is good to shoot some footage of the blood trailing process, get footage of any sign that you come across, etc. If you see your animal drop within sight, it is still good to get some footage of recovering your arrow or finding the first blood. This process provides a great opportunity to share an “updated opinion” on your shot placement and likelihood of recovering the animal. Again, this footage does not have to make up a huge portion of your hunt, but always shoot more than you think you’ll need. It’s best to have options when you hit the editing station.

At this point, you’ve hopefully found your animal, and you are likely pumped…be sure to show it! Take the time to do a post-hunt interview with your kill. Walk back through the hunt, share any pertinent details on preparation that helped you be successful. Remember, filming your hunts is really just a great way to share your story and also relive it. So be sure to share as much detail as you can, for example: why you placed your treestand where you did. This detail is what helps make a good hunt great.  It’s always best to film more than you think you’ll use here. In reality, when you go to edit your hunt, you’ll edit out most of this interview since the viewer will have already watched it unfold, but there are always going to be moments of the hunt that you weren’t able to capture on film.

Last but not least, shoot some additional b-roll transporting your animal from the field and loading it, as well as your gear, into your truck. This footage helps to create a natural ending to your hunt so it doesn’t go straight from your post-hunt interview to a black screen. This type of footage is very easy to capture, but it is often overlooked.We are guilty of skipping this step as well, but have been working hard over the past couple years to do a better job wrapping up the story.  To capture some exit footage, simply place your camera on the ground in different locations as you are walking or loading your gear, and even as you drive away.  Just don’t forget to go back and retrieve your camera!

Like all things that are self-filmed, these tasks can be tedious and tiring, especially considering you’ll already be exhausted from all the effort you’ve put into your hunt. However, I promise you, the extra effort will be worth it in the end.  You’ll be glad you took the extra steps after the shot to capture the hunt in its entirety.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this, even though it doesn’t have anything to do filming, but make sure you take some time to get some great photos! Check back soon as we’ll be putting together a similar mini 101 series on photography, specifically with regards to hunting related photos and hero shots.

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2018.1 SELFILMED Vlog – Broadheads

In our first, of hopefully several, “VLOGs” (video blogs for those that haven’t heard the term used before), SELFILMED’s Steve Shields discusses broadheads and why he chooses to shoot the heads he does.  Stay tuned for more blogs and vlogs to come in the near future!

If you are interested in purchasing the broadheads Steve discusses in the vlog, stop by Grim Reaper’s website at to view their entire selection of both fixed and mechanical broadheads.

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Benchmade 15400 Pardue Hunter Review

This spring at the 2018 ATA Show, Benchmade released the new 15400 Pardue Hunter.  The 15400 Pardue Hunter is the first custom collaboration knife in the HUNT line of knives for Benchmade.  Since you are reading this article, I’m fairly certain you’ve heard about the Benchmade brand of knives, and if you know anything about knives, you’ve certainly heard the name Mel Pardue.  Put the two of those together and you have yourself the development of one heck of a bushcraft blade with a primary purpose of hunting in mind.

The 15400 is an ergonomically pleasing fixed blade knife with a sub 3.5″ drop point style blade.  Similar to most of the HUNT lineup (the 15200 Altitude being the exception), the 15400 Pardue Hunter features CPM-S30V blade steel that is guaranteed to last through the toughest of conditions.  If you are interested in reading more about the benefits CPM-S30V blade steel offers over other types of blade materials, you can read more about it HERE.  CliffsNotes version: the CPM-S30V blade steel will give you great durability, excellent corrosion resistance, and outstanding edge retention.  All three are characteristics I look for when selecting a hunting knife I can depend on.

The 15400 Pardue Hunter features Micarta handles that practically melt – in a good way – into your hands.  Micarta is similar to G10 in that it is a laminate type material, except that instead of being made of fiberglass and resin, the Micarta material is actually layers of cloth/linen/cotton that are soaked in a resin.  The Micarta material is typically grippier than G10 when wet, but it also softer than G10 so therefore not as rugged.  I should also mention that the Micarta handles on the 15400 Pardue Hunter can easily be removed if you are looking to customize the look and/or feel of your knife.

Another great feature of the 15400 Pardue Hunter is the exposed gimping along the back edge of the knife which aides in providing traction in your grip.  The 15400 Pardue Hunter is made in the USA and comes standard with a stitched brown leather sheath.  I truly believe the 15400 Pardue Hunter knife will not only last you a lifetime, but will also perform flawlessly for you in the field this fall.  It is an extremely functional knife that can handle anything put in its way, and is an excellent addition to the already popular and ever-growing HUNT lineup of knives offered by Benchmade.  The 15400 Pardue Hunter retails for $225, and can be ordered directly from Benchmade’s website HERE.

15400 Pardue Hunter Specs:
Blade Length: 3.48″ (8.84cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.132″ (3.353mm)
Overall Length: 7.96″ (20.22cm)
Handle Thickness: 0.57″ (12.478mm)
Weight: 5.08oz. (144.02g)

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Kinex Systems – Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount

When it comes to filming your hunts, you really have two options: Option 1 – Find a second person to tag along as a camera man or Option 2 – Self-film your hunts. The great thing about the self-filmed option is that you operate on your own schedule, and you can pretty much hunt whenever you want. The bad thing about self-filming your own hunts is, well, just about everything else that goes along with it! All kidding aside, the self-filmed gig isn’t exactly a walk in the park, and it can be a real challenge to get the kill shot on camera, especially when bowhunting. The introduction of a secondary angle greatly helps reduce the risk of missing valuable footage when the moment of opportunity presents itself. However, I have never been a fan of mounting a heavy/bulky camera to my bow because I felt it messed with the balance too much. Enter the Kinex Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount.

In my opinion, the best thing about the Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount is the fact that it mounts in-between the split limbs on your bow. If you have a solid limb bow, obviously this won’t work for your setup.  The mounting system of the Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount positions the camera above the bow, without impacting the left/right balance. A huge plus in my book, and best of all, there is no hardware required to fix the Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount in place. In the example of my Hoyt RX-1, I simply swapped the factory installed Limb Shox from the top limb with the Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount base. Admittedly, getting the Limb Shox out from between the limbs was a lot easier than getting the Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount base installed. The limbs on my RX-1 are set pretty close together, so I had to slowly work the base in position. Once I got it where it needed to be, it was rock solid. The rubber base of the Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount also helps to provide vibration dampening for your bow mounted camera.  One of the biggest advantages of this mount over others on the market in my opinion. The vibration reduction of the base helps to steady the footage from the second angle camera, and actually provides you with usable footage. The composition of the base provides similar vibration reduction benefits as the original Limb Shox, and caused no deviation in my arrow shot placement when I tested it out to 60 yards (max distance I have tested so far).

Using an Allen wrench, the mount arm and Picatinny rail are attached to the base with the included screw. It just so happens that the screw that is shipped with the Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount is the same type of screw as a standard arrow rest button screw. As a quick upgrade, I utilized an extra Firenock titanium arrow rest button screw I had lying around to further reduce the weight impact my Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount would have on my setup, and also provide the additional vibration reduction benefits that titanium provides over steel. You can read all about the benefits of using titanium fasteners on your bow in one of my previous articles here.  With the mount arm and Picatinny rail in place, I shot my bow once more and I was unable to detect any difference in the feel, sound, or shot placement. So far, so good.

Now it was time to mount my GoPro to my Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount. Since GoPro doesn’t ship a Picatinny mount with the camera when you buy it, I had to order an adapter.  This 20mm rail mount adapter is the one I purchased from Amazon. The rail mount adapter fit well on the Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount rail and added little to no weight to the setup, all while also keeping my GoPro mounted fairly close to my limbs. The immediate impression I had upon picking up my bow was that it only felt slightly heavier, and the overall balance was not really affected. In addition to being able to rotate the Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount arm backwards toward you to film yourself, you also have the ability to slide the Picatinny rail back and forth on the mount arm to account for limb profile and make sure you are filming what you are aiming at. This additional adjustment also allowed me to better balance my bow without adjusting my stabilizer setup.

Last but not least, the Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount doubles as a bow hanger (must use the provided velcro strap), a feature that will no doubt come in handy this fall in the deer words.

For anyone looking for a quality secondary angle camera mount, I highly recommend you give the Kinex Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount a try. It’s unique placement is sure to provide a different camera angle that will enhance any hunt in the editing room. The Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount retails for $49.99 and can be purchased on the Kinex website at

All in all, I am very satisfied with the Kill Shot Bow Hanger Camera Mount and I feel that it solves many of the problems that other camera mounts present.

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