Behind the Scenes of Nat Geo's ‘The Last Honey Hunter’

It takes skill and experience to create compelling documentary films, and just one facet of that process is capturing the footage. Traditional films are usually shot on the ground, perhaps on a tripod or some other mount, and there are plenty of challenges inherent to that process. But have you ever tried to capture footage while hanging from a rope and getting swarmed by Himalayan honey bees? And you thought your job was tough.

Adventure Filmmaker Renan Ozturk, known for his work with Camp 4 Collective, teamed up with National Geographic to create a documentary film about what might be the last honey hunt in Nepal. If you hadn't heard about this film, check out the Nat Geo Special short on the project below:

The full film has been hitting the festival circuit, with worldwide release expected sometime in 2018. To read the lengthy Nat Geo article that hosts some of Ozturk's still images and other video clips, check out the full story here.

Dropping in on a rope with bee suits and struggling to film is one thing, but what the honey hunter himself actually goes through is simply unreal. I'm glad his story was able to be captured and shared by such a talented team and am looking forward to seeing the finished film. If you've had a chance to check it out, share a comment below with your thoughts.

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Mike Wilkinson is an award-winning video director with his company Wilkinson Visual, currently based out of Lexington, Kentucky. Mike has been working in production for over 10 years as a shooter, editor, and producer. His passion lies in outdoor adventures, documentary filmmaking, photography, and locally-sourced food and beer.

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Photograph Eric Valli won the World Press in 1987 with this story. And he made a movie too, "Chasseurs de miel". Nepal is an amazing country !

Looks great, can't wait to see the full movie and also check out Eric Valli's version from 1987 to see different viewpoints and techniques.