Making of The Great Bear Stakeout- Behind the scenes

Here are a few clips I put together showing life in camp during the filming of The Great Bear Stakeout. Hopefully the film will help show the world how special brown bears are, and encourage their conservation. Threats to their habitat loom throughout their range.  In my opinion, the greatest threat to these bears is the proposed Pebble Mine.  This mine would be catastrophic to the bears of the Alaska Peninsula.   Bears are easy to fall in love with, and when we decide to conserve bears, we must conserve giant, intact ecosystems.  To me, the words Grizzly and wilderness are synonymous.

Here is an amazing clip that I filmed with a GoPro camera that I strapped to a rock with a rubber band!  The first bear to appear is an older mother, and the second is her 3 year old cub.  The bear only gently mouthed the camera, and didnt even put a dent in it!  Obviously the card was fine, and I actually used the camera many more times.  I filmed this clip while I guiding a Natural Habitat Trip, but the BBC used it in the show.  Anyway, check it out!!!

Here is a tour of our camp, and some explanation of how we stayed safe with the bears.

Last September was very stormy. Here is some footage during the worst storm of the season.

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  2. Amanda says:

    Hi Brad,

    I’m a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia.

    I’d like to speak to you over the phone today if possible, to have a chat about your Go Pro footage of the bear trying to eat your camera.

    What’s the best number to contact you on?

    Thanks very much.

    Regards,

    Amanda Hoh

    1. Brad Josephs says:

      hey, sure, my number is 001-907-299-3732

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  5. [...] documentarian Brad Josephs was filming for the BBC’s “Great Bear Stakeout,” he set his camera by a stream to get some natural, up-close footage of the nearby grizzlies. One [...]

  6. Hi Brad,

    I’m a writer with Alaska Dispatch. Are you around on Sunday to speak about your videos? I’d love to write an article about your work.

    Thanks!

    Laurel

    1. Brad Josephs says:

      oh, i missed this sorry, i already tried to email ben anderson
      ill be around monday, tomorrow.
      bradjosephs@hotmail.com
      9072993732

  7. [...] Brad Josephs shares some of the footage that got using his GoPro camera, including a scene where a curious [...]

  8. [...] Josephs took his GoPro camera to Alaska to film the grizzly bears while he was there guiding a Natural Habitat trip. He is famous for the footage he captures for the BBC show called Great Bear Stakeout. They [...]

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  10. Maria Giovanna Tanda says:

    Hi Brad!
    We (me, my husband Paolo and my son Francesco) were your guests on the Kittiwake boat in 2009.
    Your news arrived also in Italy! Many congratulations for the very nice clip of the young bear eating your GoPro that I saw on the website of the most popular italian newspaper.
    It must has been an exciting adventure! And I see on your blog lots of other wonderful ideas for beautiful trips.
    Again congratulations and wishes
    Maria Giovanna

  11. [...] to be inside the maw of a brown bear wasn’t already the best endorsement of GoPro ever, Josephs reported the three-year-old didn’t even put a dent in the [...]

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  13. Betsy says:

    Going to follow your page now!
    This reminded me of a much less scary encounter I had with a baby fox.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKE3m2IMdiY
    In the end the foxes stole my camera. That was the scariest part.

  14. [...] itself so we could see how terrifying being close to a grizzly, without ever getting close to one. Brad Josephs had taken a GoPro camera along with him to Alaska, and used it for capturing footage of grizzly [...]

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  16. [...] The incredible clip embedded above comes from the GoPro camera of Alaskan naturalist Brad Josephs. While he was leading a wildlife-viewing trip, a mother bear and her three-year-old cub came across the camera, Josephs writes on his website [...]

  17. [...] The incredible clip embedded above comes from the GoPro camera of Alaskan naturalist Brad Josephs. While he was leading a wildlife-viewing trip, a mother bear and her three-year-old cub came across the camera, Josephs writes on his website [...]

  18. [...] The incredible clip embedded above comes from the GoPro camera of Alaskan naturalist Brad Josephs. While he was leading a wildlife-viewing trip, a mother bear and her three-year-old cub came across the camera, Josephs writes on his website [...]

  19. [...] The incredible clip embedded above comes from the GoPro camera of Alaskan naturalist Brad Josephs. While he was leading a wildlife-viewing trip, a mother bear and her three-year-old cub came across the camera, Josephs writes on his website [...]

  20. [...] The incredible clip embedded above comes from the GoPro camera of Alaskan naturalist Brad Josephs. While he was leading a wildlife-viewing trip, a mother bear and her three-year-old cub came across the camera, Josephs writes on his website [...]

  21. [...] The incredible clip embedded above comes from the GoPro camera of Alaskan naturalist Brad Josephs. While he was leading a wildlife-viewing trip, a mother bear and her three-year-old cub came across the camera, Josephs writes on his website [...]

  22. [...] The incredible clip embedded above comes from the GoPro camera of Alaskan naturalist Brad Josephs. While he was leading a wildlife-viewing trip, a mother bear and her three-year-old cub came across the camera, Josephs writes on his website [...]

  23. [...] The incredible clip embedded above comes from the GoPro camera of Alaskan naturalist Brad Josephs. While he was leading a wildlife-viewing trip, a mother bear and her three-year-old cub came across the camera, Josephs writes on his website. [...]

  24. [...] trip, a mother bear and her three-year-old cub came across the camera, Josephs writes on his website SEE ALSO: Hilarious ‘How Animals Eat Their Food’ Wins [...]

  25. [...] reste sur le thème des animaux, mais dans un contexte un peu plus terre à terre.Le naturaliste Brad Jospehs a laissé une GoPro sur le chemin d’une femelle ours lors d’un voyage en Alaska, qui [...]

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  27. [...] http://www.alaskabearsandwolves.com When using a GoPro to capture unusually close footage of grizzly bears for the Great Bear Stakeout for BBC, I had a young bear actually chew on the camera. Amazingly there was no damage to the camera! Some of this clip appears in the film Great Bear Stakeoout on BBC and Discovery Channel. Video copyright Brad Josephs. For info on grizzly expeditions with me, click [...]

  28. [...] captured footage of an older mother grizzly and her 3-year-old cub, according to his website. One of the bears was curious about the camera and gave it a through sniff and overal [...]

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  31. […] super up-close wide angle shots that would be impossible to film otherwise, or if we were nearby (click here for more on this).  Tracking Van proved to be extremely difficult later in the summer, and the wolves were elusive, […]

  32. Erica says:

    Hi,
    we are an Italian publishing company specialized in the dogs field, we have among our main titles, books and DVD videos on the training and education of dogs.
    We are now working on a DVD video about puppies (growth phases, development and education) and we’d like to include some wolves photos (or even better video clips) particularly of: wolf’s cubs (few weeks old) in the den, cubs at an early exit from the den and then cubs around four months old, romping with the pack, to compare with analogue situations with dogs.
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