Our Adventure Film School instructors are the best in the industry, specializing in extreme adventure filmmaking and wielding cameras in the world’s most intense environments. They share a common interest in telling stories with meaning, and are masters at weaving tales to stir the soul and challenge the body.
Among the group’s accomplishments: over 50 expeditions to all seven continents, winning more than 50 international film festival and industry awards. The team has shot for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, OLN, and many more. They have also produced, directed, shot and edited many of their own films.
Over the last two decades, Michael Brown has climbed to the top of two of the world’s most demanding professions. As a world-class mountaineer, he has summited Mount Everest five times. As a three-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker, he has made over fifty expeditions to all seven continents, all with cameras rolling. Michael has made a habit of going to the world’s harshest, most dangerous environments – the South Pole, the North Face of the Eiger, and 1,500 feet underground in caves – and always comes back with incredible footage and compelling stories. Outside Magazine describes the cerebral filmmaker as a “swashbuckling librarian”, and Men’s Journal calls him “a master of gut-dropping action.” As Founder of the Outside Adventure Film School, Michael practices another of his favorite pursuits: teaching.
Full Bio & Credentials
Michael’s recent career highlights:
Once thinking she was a ‘lifer’ at Microsoft, Nasa experienced a sudden loss of a loved one that changed her perspective on life. After a 15 year career in technology, she left her comfortable ‘real job’ to pursue the unknown, unpredictable, and sometimes crazy life as an adventure filmmaker.
Previously a student of OAFS, her work & collaborations have won multiple awards – many of which would not have been possible without strong mentors. She works as a DP/Editor at Frontpoint Studios. Her work focuses on short adventure films & commercial work. Her clients include National Geographic, Subaru, Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Black Diamond, and more. She is the owner of Outside Adventure Film School.
Based in Saskatchewan, Canada, Preston Kanak is a filmmaker and time-lapse photographer. For the past three years, Preston has been filming a series of three minute short films focused on creativity, collaboration and contribution. This project has allowed Preston to collaborate with filmmakers from around the world. At the height of the project in 2010, Preston managed to produce a short film everyday for the entire year. Preston is the founder ofCinescapes, a creative production agency.
Outside Adventure Film School Staff:
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Liz spends many of her days off playing outside with an immense appreciation for the great outdoors. With a Recreation Management degree from Central Washington University, she was hired as logistics coordinator for KAF Adventures where she fell in love with managing trips of a lifetime for future adventurers! Today Liz loves being the Program Director of the Outside Adventure Film School. She enjoys working behind the scenes to produce unforgettable and unique experiences for both filmmakers and outdoor enthusiasts. Everyday is a learning experience and partaking in the schools is a way to see all the hard work pay off!
“Born and raised” in the family tent in the woods of Illinois, Micah is a man of many outdoor adventures. Gaining a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Drawing and Painting, he has creativity in his blood and with a keen passion for film he found his way into the industry through self-taught means finally taking the plunge and moving to Colorado to pursue the dream of combining his two loves. Currently he is the Operations Manager for Outside Adventure Film school and freelance shooter/editor.
Tyler is professor of Climate Change Filmmaking and Environmental Monitoring at the University of Colorado. He has worked with both Serac Adventure Films, the Outside Adventure Film School, and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) for 7 years on film projects ranging from storm chasing in the American mid-west, bush plane adventures in Alaska, humanitarian work in Haiti, ice coring in Greenland, tramping in New Zealand, and many others. Tyler is completely his PhD at INSTAAR studying abrupt climate change.