The Winter Eagle Film

The Project

The Winter Eagle (working title) is a film that follows a crew of wildlife biologists into the field as they experience the ups and downs of a season researching Golden Eagles in Central Oregon.

Vision for the Film

My dad, Rick Gerhardt, and I have spent the last 5 winters trapping Golden Eagles with the purpose of applying satellite  telemetry units to the birds, as part of  the research projects of several different agencies.  Ever since we began working with these incredible birds I've wanted to make a film that shows the ins and outs of the lifestyle we've had the privilege  to live.

The idea of the film is to make something that hasn't been done before.  There are a lot of good nature films out there, but we hope to tell a very human story.  One that shows a lifestyle and occupation that many might not even know exists and one that is set in the backdrop of the very dramatic Central Oregon landscape.  We will be drawing heavily upon these visuals to give the film a very powerful cinematic look, without sacrificing the human narrative. 

We'll be filming from late November, to February 1st.
Then we'll be looking to finish up the edit and score by March.  With a completed film coming your way by mid-March.

A Family Story

I'm really excited to be making a film that hits so close to home. I grew up in a family where both parents were raptor biologists, so growing up in the Gerhardt household was quite an experience! Ever since I can remember, our family has been hiking around studying owls and hawks.  My siblings and I were picking up snakes and lizards and every other type of wild critter. It took a long time for me to realize that not eveyone grew up the same way we did.  I'm extremely thankful for my parents choosing to raise us with such an appreciation of creation.

All of us on the film team are really excited to get the chance to showcase that unique lifestyle and allow the viewers to get a chance to experience it for themselves.



There are a couple of challenges we'll be facing while working on the project.  First is the winter weather.  Our eagle research takes place in the winter months before the nesting season of the Golden Eagle arrives.  We will be spending long days out in remote locations in dramatic conditions.  Protecting ourselves and our gear will be a big concern in such conditions.  

Another challenge is the nature of filming wild animals, such as Golden Eagles.  There will most likely be long periods of time where we  don't capture any footage of the birds in their natural habitat.  Patience is going to be key in these situations, and we will be relying heavily on the experience we've gained over the years working with these birds.

Financial Support

Why are we looking for financial support?

Unfortunately it takes money to make films. This includes everything from gas money to get to locations,  to film festival entry fees.  We have come up with a budget of $5,000; which is the goal to raise for this project.  Below is a brief diagram displaying the percentage of the budget each expense will receive, (this is a rough estimate).

The Team

Nate Gerhardt
Director, Cinematographer, Editor

Jasper Gerhardt
Cinematographer, Composer

Alex Hardin
Production Assistant, Actor

Ben Larson
Composer Consultant

Previous Work

Thank You! For you support, here's how you can stay connected:

We really appreciate you taking the time to check out this project.  We really think we have an opportunity of making something great, and we'd love your support to make this project blossom from dream to reality!

We have a bunch of different rewards corresponding with giving levels down below, and would love it if you checked those out! Even if you are unable to give, we'd love it if you joined us on our journey and followed along on Twitter, Instagram, and online.

We'll continue to post updates here on the Gofundme page, but in the meantime feel free to follow me, Nate Gerhardt, on social media.

I'll be posting behind the scenes photos and videos to Instagram, Twitter, and my blog.  If you follow along on Snapchat, you'll be able to get some live video updates as they happen!  You will basically be out there in the field with us, as we make the project happen.




Snapchat:   nategerhardt

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Nate Gerhardt 
Bend, OR
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