Grand Canyon Shoot For CNN & HBO

Andy Maser recently worked as Director of Photography for a 3 week shoot in the Grand Canyon for HBO, CNN and the producers of a documentary film.  The subject of the piece was Erik Weihenmayer, a blind athlete who was attempting to kayak the entire 250-some miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon....

Andy Maser Wins 2 Emmy Awards / Edward R Murrow Award

Andy was recently awarded an Emmy Award and an Edward R Murrow Award for Journalism for his work in the PBS show, Glacier Caves:  Mount Hood’s Secret World.  He was a Director of Photography for the project, capturing scenes, timelapse and stunning visuals hundreds of feet underground in the largest ice cave system in the...

Andy Maser nominated for four 2014 Emmy Awards

Affirmation that last year really was an epic year professionally has come in a more official form – Emmy nominations. I’m honored to be nominated alongside the Oregon Field Guide crew at OPB for three awards for our stories on Mt Hood’s glacier caves and the Condit Dam removal, along with a personal nomination for...

Exploring and Filming: Glacier Caves for PBS

It was 3 o’clock in the morning and we were hanging from ropes, midway down a 300′ vertical ice shaft high on Mount Hood in Oregon.  I was filming a pair of scientists who were using lasers to map the ice tube, called a moulin–one would take measurements and yell the information to the other...

NatGeo Production: Gold Timers

I just finished shooting two episodes for a new NatGeo series called Gold Timers in Hope, AK. The series is an interesting blend of reality, sitcom and documentary that follows a cast of old-west style gold prospectors through the adventures, and misadventures, of hunting for gold in Alaska.  Our primary camera was the Panasonic HDX900,...

Pre-Production for NatGeo’s ‘The Wild Life’

Recently, I was hired as a Production Manager to design a new series for National Geographic called, “The Wild Life.” The series, a hosted adventure reality/doc, will be shot in Oregon and Washington this summer.  Leading up to production, I vetted potential adventure missions in the region that would work within a significant set of production constraints....

Produced and Shot: PBS Special on the Largest Dam Removal

Over the last two years, I have been working on a PBS Special about the removal of Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington. Our crew got to do some fun things, including a multi-year timelapse documentation effort, filming the dramatic explosive breach of the dam and lots of underwater salmon filming.  It’s...

Discovery Channel Shoot: Gold Fever

Recently, I got asked to shoot interviews for an upcoming Discovery Channel docu-drama series about the 1949 gold rush. I worked with the production coordinator to hire a crew in Portland, Oregon and creat a look that will blend well with the show’s dramatic wild-west recreations (which were shot on Alexa). We shot the interviews...

RED Epic Shoot For National Geographic: Waterfall Kayaking

The folks at National Geographic recently got in touch with a need for 4k and 5k footage of waterfall kayaking.  Naturally, Spirit Falls in Washington immediately came to mind as the perfect location! Our team did some technical rigging to establish unique camera positions in precarious spots, which allowed me to be close enough to...

On Assignment for Nat Geo: Catfish in the US

During the summer of 2012, I was hired by National Geographic to work as the Director of Photography for an ongoing series called ‘Monster Fish.’ We shot the series with a Sony F3, a RED Scarlet and a Canon 5D.  I did all of the underwater shooting on SCUBA with the Canon 5D. For an...