Nature. Not our idea of nature.


We’re a production company on a mission to tell nature’s stories. Not the loud, imagined utopias or the high-drama fantasies, but the true stories of the natural world as it really is, which if you ask us is dramatic enough. So the overhyped, the cutesy, the trendy— we leave that to other folks. It’s just not what we’re here to do.

We’re here to dig into mystery and authenticity in as skilled and nuanced a way as we know how. We’re here to follow the stories nature is already telling, to capture what is already compelling about the world around us —no forced drama required. Because nature doesn’t need people to make her spectacular, she needs storytellers willing to listen and equipment exacting enough to get her every breath.


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Photos by: Filson, © 2017 C.C. Filson Co

Photos by: Filson, © 2017 C.C. Filson Co

Photos by: Filson, © 2017 C.C. Filson Co

Photos by: Filson, © 2017 C.C. Filson Co

Photos by: Filson, © 2017 C.C. Filson Co

GEAR RENTALS


VisionHawk upholds impeccable production standards, driving them both to mastery and to investing in and utilizing the latest filmmaking technologies. Check out our cutting edge, rare filming technology available for rent here.

STOCK FOOTAGE/PHOTOGRAPHY


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WHO WE ARE


Casey Anderson

Creative Director

Casey Anderson is a wildlife expert, filmmaker, adventurer and explorer. He has spent the last twenty-four years traveling the world, capturing wildlife and nature through the camera lens. Born and raised in Montana, Anderson spent his childhood exploring the vast wilderness that was his backyard and by the age of eighteen, Casey was guiding wildlife filmmakers into remote locations to track and film the most elusive wild animals. At twenty-six, he adopted an orphaned baby grizzly bear which led him to co-found the Montana Grizzly Encounter, a sanctuary for grizzly bears saved from inhumane situations. As a television personality, Casey has made it his mission to bring his love of the wild to the hearts of the world, instilling a drive to conserve untamed and untouched wild places. VisionHawk is a product of that mission.

Deny Staggs

Chief Executive Officer + Executive Producer

After doing his MFA in Digital Filmmaking at the University of Montana, Deny went on to immerse himself in the world of media production and promotion for over two decades, doing everything from video producing in New York City to teaching and developing integrative media programs for Missouri Western State University. His longing to return to Montana’s film community eventually brought him and his family to Missoula, where he produced and directed commercial content and served as the Film Commissioner for the Montana Film Office. There he established the Big Sky Film Grant, a million-dollar film fund where he commissioned feature film projects, YouTube channels, and Montana-based content. Projects he funded and supported during his tenure as Film Commissioner went on to Cannes de March, were nominated for Academy Awards, and played such festivals as Sundance, SXSW, Toronto, and Los Angeles. Notable supported projects also include Certain Women, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Walking Out, WildLife, Nebraska, Jimmy P, and The Revenant. Deny currently leads the charge at VisionHawk and teaches experimental film at Montana State University.

John Ansotegui

Production Manager

John got his start in the film world as a freelance camera operator, location scout, and editor, eventually going on to work as a location coordinator for the Montana Film Office. In his ten years there, John coordinated and managed locations and production logistics for hundreds of commercials, films, and tv shows. Most recently his work has included shooting and editing projects for National Wildlife Federation and Smithsonian Channel. John was born in Montana and still thinks that of all the locations he’s seen and worked on, Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are among the most special. His dog agrees.

Ben Goertzen

Director of Photography + Assistant Creative Director

Born and raised in Bozeman Montana, Ben’s respect for the wild world is deeply-rooted. He started out in the action sports industry as a professional skier, where his passion for documenting adventure eventually led to an early career in wildlife filmmaking. He is driven by the unique combination of challenges the work provides: navigating demanding conditions, using cutting-edge technology, and tracking down the most exciting and illusive of natural behaviors. Ben also recently co-founded the Montana Grizzly Project, a non profit focused on increasing tolerance of grizzly bears on Montana’s landscapes.

Brook Artziniega

Lead Storyteller + Researcher

Brook grew up in New England and California, where she worked as an art department rat in Los Angeles and an assistant to a handful of photographers and painters. After finishing art school, Brook did a M.A. in poetics and animal philosophy and taught English at UC Davis, followed by several wild years split between wildlife medicine and storytelling for artists, companies, and non-profits. Now in Montana, Brook gets to do her favorite thing: bring storytelling, animals, and the environment together, making films she believes in with people she adores. When she is not working with VisionHawk, Brook is completing a M.S. in environmental studies, where her research explores the intersection of species extinction, land-loss, and grief. She is a Brainerd Conservation Fellow.

Dominic Oakes

Field Technician

Dom has always loved wildlife and wild places. Growing up in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, he spent his childhood in pursuit of trout, grouse and mule deer, but over time started to find himself behind a camera more often than a fly rod or firearm. Dom’s youthful curiosity for all things untamed led him to the Greater Yellowstone he now calls home, where he works as a tracker and field technician for VisionHawk Films, exploring the world in pursuit of the wildest animals and places on earth.

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