22 April 2016
Reference: Mr. Steve Couper – Stealth Films
Subject: Letter of Recommendation
Sir or Madam:
During March 2016 I was able to fulfill a lifetime dream by visiting/hunting in New Zealand.
I was involved with a group of hunters that was putting together a series of ½ hour programs that ultimately will be shown on the “Outdoor Channel” in the USA.
We hunted Tahr, Red Stag, Arapawa Rams, Goats and Wallaby.
I had the very good fortune of getting to spend a week with Steve. He was doing the filming/photography for this endeavor.
I, no we, were immediately impressed with Steve’s knowledge, work ethic, involvement in every aspect of the hunts (Steve out did all of the rest of us when it came to glassing/spotting animals) and just pure overall “hustle”.
The range of equipment that Steve had in his inventory was impressive and his knowledge on how to utilize this equipment “wowed” us all. No one ever had to indicate to Steve on where to be or what needed done. He seemed to always be at the right place at the right time to get the right shot.
On top of the way he performed his “job” (if you can call it that, to Steve it was doing what he loved to do) Steve was a Friendly/Fun/Knowledgeable guy to spend time with.
Steve did not ask that I write this recommendation for him. I offered to do it because of how impressed I was with him as a professional and as a person.
If you would like to speak with me about the above recommendation, or if you would like further information, please feel free to contact me at the following:
580-213-7049 – Office 580-548-7448 – Cell
Paul E. Keck
PAE Business Manager/Contract Administrator
During a few days in January 2013, I experienced some wonderful days in NZ. I managed to catch several gorgeous Trout’s during my trip. The beautiful landscapes and surroundings are all preserved on film.
I contacted Steve and told him about my trip. He was my companion when I fished me through beautiful surroundings. He filmed all the amazing events and I just needed to concentrate on my fishing. Now I can enjoy everything on my own Fishing-DVD
Steve advantage as a filmmaker is that he worked as a fishing guide, which means that he knows what is going to happen at certain times and is always positioned correctly. I have many action sequences that he captured, on my DVD and so much beautiful scenery that I did not know that he filmed.
I will hire Steve the next time I visit New Zealand. It is absolutely amazing to have your own filmmaker capture your fishing adventure.
Wilderness Woman – Sarita Eliasson
Headhunter Chronicles – TV Show hosted by Jason Bruce
The help from Stealth Films in the last 18 months has been a great part in the success for Headhunter Chronicles. As I have learned its not easy to make outdoor TV.
Steve has captured some great wildlife and over the shoulder kill shots that were incredible. Thanks for the great footage you have produced for me and Headhunter Chronicles. It takes a team to produce outdoor TV and thanks to the filming I have these adventures captured forever.
Thanks Jason Bruce
Host and Founder
Deep Woods Adventures
It’s rare to work with a professional that not only meets your expectations but exceeds them. Steve Couper of Stealth Films is just that professional. I recently travelled from the United States to New Zealand to film my hunt for a pilot television series. Our conditions were harsh. It was the dead of winter and the terrain was physically strenuous and demanding. We must have hiked 30 or 40 miles that week (mostly vertical). Despite the conditions, he carried the added weight of a tripod the entire time to avoid the possibility of any unsteady shots.
And as always when filming hunts and wildlife, there are no second chances. It takes a special skill for someone to capture what I’m seeing with my own eyes. I couldn’t worry about what was being caught on tape though it was vitally important. Steve got everything I saw and needed without any direction from me. In fact, I didn’t even sense his presence, which is integral when you only have a split second to take the shot that produces an ethical hunt on film..
Upon reviewing the footage that Steve captured, I was stunned. His work was outstanding. He’s a creative genius with technical skills to match. Everyone who saw the raw footage was riveted, it played like a documentary without it even going to the editing room. It was visually breathtaking particularly the aerial footage from our helicopter.
I hired a cameraman but I got a director, an artist, an outdoorsman, a filmmaker and a logistics coordinator all in one. His daily rate was nothing compared to the savings in editing hours. There’s little to do, Steve made sure of that.
I will be flying Steve to the US to film with me again. The added cost to have him travel is nothing compared to the guaranteed results and savings I have working with Steve. Thank you Steve. There’s no way I would have been able to tell my story as well as it’s being told without you.
Creative Director and Founder
NZ Trophy Hunting
Steve Couper has now filmed our clients hunts on several occasions, as well as spending time securing valuable live animal footage. We find Steve’s style does not intrude on the hunt, and he has the knack to catch special moments and angles that record the story very well. Results have been of very high quality. We have no hesitation in recommending his services and the end result is value for money spent.
New Zealand Trophy Hunting Ltd
Lee Bohner, Sporting Adventures, California USA
In my 32 years selling hunting and fishing trips on six continents, you are the BEST video cameraman I have ever seen or worked with. You simply are outstanding !
Don Patterson, Manuka Point Lodge, New Zealand
Steve Couper possesses a unique natural ability to capture all of those “exhilarating hunting moments” in a 100% professional and totally unobtrusive way. It is my pleasure to fully endorse his filming and editing services. You won’t be disappointed!
P.H. & Owner of Manuka Point Lodge
Rick Schwencer, USA
I was so glad that I had Stealth Films there to professionally film the two hunts. With both the Tahr and the Red Stag being world class top ten trophies it is great to know that we have the entire hunt on film. Steve was a class act. I never even knew he was there, and in bow hunting that extra person can sometimes be a problem.
Thanks for everything, sincerely
The video is priceless! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You & Celia did an absolutely fantastic job & we couldn’t be happier! Everything went together marvellously – the pictures, the story, the music – just perfect! The maps were a terrific addition too – Johnny & I had talked before about wishing maps were included on our tapes – great touch! You’re both extremely talented & we’re so lucky! (It tickled me to see you in the film, as well!) Thank you, thank you, a million times, thank you!!!!
Much love, Mary