Passion for filmmaking, mind for strategy, love of story and character, eye for great imagery, technical know-how to execute, expertise and experience to get it done anywhere on earth—always. That’s what there is to know about Maser Films. It’s what is at our core. It’s what makes us unique.
Shaped By Experience
Experience: It’s not something that you learn in film school. It takes surviving an armed ambush by Congolese rebels, getting your ass kicked in pounding waves, talking down a bear or evading a hostile military. When you’ve navigated that kind of stuff in pursuit of a story, the normal production stressors suddenly get a whole lot more manageable. And being on location gets a heck of a lot more fun for everyone.
Compelled to Create
As a go-to full service production company, Maser Films specializes in documentary, commercial and branded content films. Whether it’s a :30 spot or a feature length documentary, we always approach it from a story-forward perspective. Because telling compelling stories about fascinating characters is our passion.
And we understand that compelling characters and stories capture an audience’s attention and motivate them into action. We’ve been doing this for more than 16 years and we still get that warm fuzzy feeling when it happens. Others seem to also because we’ve won a bunch of Emmys and other awards for our work.
Our documentary background sets the stage for the entire way we operate—from the way we approach stories, to the kit we use and the way we crew up. We are filmmakers used to getting our hands dirty who never utter the words “not my job”. We prefer our crews lean, adaptable and very talented. Fast, light, efficient and motivated is how we roll.
Tools of Choice
Our tool of choice is a minimalist 8K RED Weapon camera package. It’s high resolution, shoots raw, shoots slow motion and it’s modular so we can strip it down for run & gun shooting or built it out for something fancy. It’ll go underwater, on a drone or in a backpack and always capture gorgeous images. We’ve put it through the wringer and it always delivers.
We’re experts at utilizing drones, gimbles and all sorts of other toys to craft images of the absolute highest caliber, ready for projection on the largest IMAX screens or watched on the phone in your pocket.
How We Got Started
About the Founder
Andy Maser is a documentary and commercial director and DP with 17 years’ experience filming in the world’s most remote locations. Most recently he shot the IMAX nature documentary Great Bear Rainforest (2019), where he spent 120 days living and shooting by boat on BC’s northern coast. His coverage of the Condit Dam removal for PBS won an Emmy Award and his spectacular cinematography of the breach went viral. He also directed and shot two Emmy Award-winning shows on Mount Hood’s glacier caves.
Andy has directed over 20 commercials and branded short docs for Facebook, US Bank, Samsung, Subaru, Toyota, Adidas, Purina, Land o Lakes and others. He has also worked with World Wildlife Fund, American Rivers, Western Rivers Conservancy and SeaLegacy to tell compelling, high production value environmental stories.
As a DP, Andy has particular expertise in cinematic vérité and special camera work, including drones, cable cams and gimbles. He shot The Weight of Water (2019), documenting blind kayaker Erik Weihenmayer’s descent of the Grand Canyon, which has won the audience award at seven domestic film festivals since its release. He has also filmed more than 20 hours of television for National Geographic, CNN, HBO and Travel Channel.
Andy started Maser Films in 2012. He was previously a National Geographic Explorer and professional whitewater adventure-kayaker. He currently works both extensively through Maser Films and with other production companies: andymaser.com.
How the Magic Happens
Behind the Scenes
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