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Glenn Evans – Part 2

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Glenn Evans is a Director of Photography and Adventure Cameraman specializing in filming tv shows about Hidden Treasure, Ancient Architecture, and Endangered and Exotic Animals.

Glenn has filmed in 68 countries worldwide for Discovery Channel, History Channel, Netflix, ABC, and many other networks. Born in Oregon on a blueberry farm and leaving for California to work in the film and tv industry, the camera has been Glenn’s key to world travel and adventure.



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Glenn Evans – Part 2 Quotes

  • “A big part of the job is being part of the team. “
  • “A lot of Americans are maybe a little bit intimidated by going there, but I think you should just be scared to do it anyway.”
  • This is the first time a guest has been back on the SGV Master Key Podcast.
  • Glenn broke down what a documentary shoot was like.
  • Glenn explained the difference between a British and an American documentary shoot.
  • Glenn talked about his unique travels from the African Safari to the ancient city of Jerusalem.
  • Glenn loves his work and can’t picture doing anything else.
  • Scott and Russell sit down again with a wildlife producer/ director of Photography who leads an adventurous life. They discuss an impossible decision in today’s episode that may lead the audience to some insights they have never considered before on this episode of the SGV Master Key Podcast.

How many countries have you been to?

Glenn has been to a total so far of 68 countries. He uses the camera as a way to travel and to have his adventures. It is his way of using the camera as an excuse to go places.

Many people make documentaries that make outstanding productions on a soundstage and get great results. Glenn enjoys being in that industry, but he can go to miraculous places and experience things first hand.

These trips Glenn goes on are not just week-long vacations. They are deep dives into the subject. And even when he’s not working, he gets to have amazing conversations with people who have also experienced fantastic things.

Do you keep a journal? How do you memorialize all of this?

Glenn does keep a journal and proclaims that he might overshare on social media. You have to be self-aware when you do a film like Glenn does because he’s the only one who can do what he does. You can’t get sick when you are overseas. Self-awareness is crucial in his profession.

Teamwork is also critical, as Glenn mentioned earlier. The team creates a solid foundation to ensure the work comes together—especially when, like Glenn, a filmmaker is gone ten months out of the year.

Glenn has a saying Team stands for “Together everyone achieves more.”

Because in the field, that’s all they have to make the stories they create and sometimes referring to his story about Antarctica, even to survive.

A safari is a fantastic experience. It is a place that most of us are not used to. It’s a place where animals can be themselves, and there are no rules. On Safari, the lion will get the gazelle, and no one is going to stop it.

Glenn loves that he can get even closer when he has the camera. He can get out of the vehicle and be on the ground with the animals. He can even touch the animals.

What is the process of getting the long shot work?

The precious shot does take time. It doesn’t happen every minute, and it only often occurs once. Especially to capture quality.

There is a fundamental difference between British documentary teams and American documentary teams. Often, British Documentaries don’t have a host and are out for weeks at a time trying to make the perfect shot happen.

That same patience in American filming, but they do often have a host. They are out for less time, but they fill that time with an expert talk about the subjects.

Usually, a lot of collaborative effort is involved in setting up particular shots. People were already monitoring the animal act as a guide to get a strong starting point to find the shot.

Glenn worked with Jeff Corwin for many years and still has a close relationship.

They started their relationship in 2001 when they started working together.

Glenn separated from Jeff for a bit, and they did differently but stayed close friends.

You sound as though you are passionate about gaining attention for hurting animals.

Glenn is passionate about helping animals that need help. There are a lot of mass extinctions that happen way too often. The only way to stop animals from dying out is through awareness. Usually, there are smaller animals that show that there is a problem with the planet.

Glenn brought with him a Russian relic of St. Nicholas. The patron saint of so many things, along with children, and so because of the icon of Santa Claus. The same story that Russell teaches his own family. St. Nicholas was famous for secret gift-giving.

Glen believes you can appreciate the culture much more deeply when getting close to culture through art and understanding.

What is your favorite experience?

Glenn loves old magic, places where significant battles happened, and places with unique artifacts. The deep ancient secrets of the world are what fascinate Glenn.

Glenn wants to explore the Middle East and the Mediterranean with his wife when pandemics allow for fewer restrictions.

Glenn tries to bring something special back from where he goes because he wants to give it a place to be appreciated instead of a box in a forgotten room.

Glenn has several notable things that he has from his home.

Glenn’s travels brought him to Israel, and he had incredible encounters with religious monuments; it was truly incredible and inspiring.

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Glenn Evans – Part 2

Pasadena: He likes to ride his bike up to Cal Tech, which is a trail he loves

The Huntington Gardens is a beautiful area to visit with a museum and fantastic food.

Arroyo Chop House for delicious and decadent food