If the name Maxwel Hohn rings a bell, you might be remembering the wonderful mini documentary “Tadpoles: The Big Little Migration,” which was released on Maxwel’s Vimeo channel in 2000. The following year, the Canadian cinematographer released another fascinating mini documentary—“Call of the Coastal Wolves”—following the daily life of a wolf pack as they fight to survive along the wild west coast of Canada.
That was part of a larger project to film the stunning wildlife of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, for the 2022 Netflix series “Island of the Sea Wolves,” and now Hohn has picked up an Emmy for Cinematography for his work on the nature documentary. In total, the three-part series garnered four Emmys, the others being Outstanding Single Camera Editing, Outstanding Sound Mixing, and Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program. Alongside the sea wolves, Hohn captured mesmerizing footage of Vancouver Island’s iconic creatures, including sea otters, black bears, bald eagles, and endangered marmots.
Vancouver Island Filmmaker Wins Emmy for Cinematography in Netflix series ‘Island of the Sea Wolves’
Saturday 17th, 2023. Vancouver Island, British Columbia – Maxwel Hohn a resident of Comox Valley has recently won an Emmy for Cinematography in the 50th Daytime Emmy Awards announced on December 17th for his work on “Island of The Sea Wolves’ that premiered on Netflix on Oct 13, 2022. This 3-part nature documentary highlights wildlife that lives on Vancouver Island. The series was nominated for 7 Emmys including: Outstanding Cinematography, Outstanding Directing Team, Outstanding Music Direction and Composition, Outstanding Single Camera Editing, Outstanding Sound Mixing, Outstanding Travel Adventure and Nature Program, and Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program.
The series won: Outstanding Cinematography, Outstanding Single Camera Editing, Outstanding Sound Mixing and Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program.
Hohn says: “It’s an absolute dream come true. It was an incredible team to be part of and having the opportunity to spend almost a year filming wildlife that surrounds my home on Vancouver Island was an amazing experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. A huge thank you to the team at River Road Films and Wild Space Productions for bringing me onto the series and a massive congratulations to the entire team for their hard work and dedication”.
The series was filmed in 2021 during the pandemic. In Natural History TV usually film crews come from the UK to work on productions like this, but because of the travel restrictions the network sourced local talent in British Columbia to film the series, including Hohn who resides on Vancouver Island. Hohn worked with various wildlife including: Sea Otters, Sea Wolves, Black Bears, Salmon, Eagles, Marmots, and more. His most distinguished work was filming Sea Otters which gave viewers a never before seen close up look into their daily lives.
Since then Hohn has worked on Our Planet II (released on Netflix June 14th 2023), Secrets of the Octopus (coming to Disney on Earth Day, 2024) and Shared Planet (coming to CBC in 2025).
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