About the Course

Adventure Film School is back for another incredible year at the Adventure Film Festival. Inspired by Jonny Copp’s vision to Make Your Own Legends, we’ve packed this year’s workshop with more hands-on sessions to get you out there telling stories.

Whether you are a past attendee or a new one, this two-day workshop has a new format focused on collaboration with fellow workshop attendees and connecting you with notable filmmakers ready to share what they know.

In addition to information packed sessions, experience a portfolio or project review, and work side by side with an AFS filmmaker to plan, shoot, and edit a 1-2 minute film. Adventure Film School offers a unique way to gain crew experience, build industry connections, and create a short film while being supported by your mentors.

What You'll Learn

Spend Saturday in our workshop studio learning tools & techniques for crafting your stories. Then Sunday, put your skills to use in our day-long shootout.

Story Development

Character development. 3 act structures. Hook & entertain your audience.

Camera Techniques

Shot types, lensing, and composition, are just some of the ways we’ll discuss delivering a visual story.

Tools of Trade

Use sliders, jibs, motion control and more to motivate your shot. Understand how to use them, and common reasons why.

Sound Recording

Getting on location sound. Mic talent, record natural sound and manage uncontrolled spaces.

Data Management

Workflow techniques for field & studio. Learn to organize, archive, and manage your files.

Editing Techniques

Efficient workflow for additive editing. Learn how editing can effect the mood and style of your film.

What to Expect

Spend a weekend immersing yourself in all things adventure film. Learn filmmaking & storytelling techniques with industry pros & then watch films in the evening at the Boulder Adventure Film Festival.


Learn from the Pros

Every year we work to bring a group of filmmakers to share their stories, experience, and lessons they've hard earned. From getting your film accepted at film festivals, to stories from the field, to how to build a career, our team of filmmakers are here to lend you their experience. Ask burning questions, get advice for your next project, and more.


Meet Your Tribe

Connect with your fellow adventure filmmakers & enthusiasts, find potential creative partners, meet pros showcasing their films and forge new relationships.


Show Your Work

Share, pitch, or show us you've got. Get collaborative feedback from our panelist of pros to help you elevate your work to the next level. Don't have anything to share? Make something up to practice pitching or learn from the group.


Make a Film

Your turn! Pair up and work with a mentor to craft a 1-minute film. Your mentor will help you develop a story, sharpen camera techniques, and will give you feedback on your edit.

What to Bring

For lectures, you just need yourself and optionally a pen/notepad.

For the pitch/feedback session, our panel of pros will review anything you’d like feedback on. This could range from your website, portfolio, reel, a personal project, images, or even an idea you’d like to practice pitching. We will have access to the internet. If you have files, bring a thumbdrive or computer.

For the fast film session, a camera, tripod, and audio kit would be helpful. You will be working in a group of 2-3. If you do not have any of these items, no problem. You can share and/or we will have a limited number available for use.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.


Join us for 2 days for all things adventure film. We highly recommend also attending the Adventure Film Festival to get the full experience.

Registration conditions apply.


The start to your adventure film weekend starts with hello! Introduce yourself, get the lay of the land for the festival + workshop and meet your fellow filmmakers.

Nasa Koski

Learn how to tell the story of an adventure, while smack dab in the middle of an adventure. Sometimes it's very uncomfortable, but to bring the viewer into your experience, you have to hit that record button, even when it sucks.

Ryan Van Duzer

Never Not Collective is a new media production company that seeks to tell the stories of everyday people doing great things, brave things, things that are challenging, engaging, and gratifying—regardless of “success.” The team is comprised of the following four women: Shelma Jun (presenter), Colette McInerney (videographer and professional climber for Black Diamond, Five Ten), Julie Ellison (former Editor in Chief of Climbing Magazine) and Leslie Hittmeier (former managing editor at Teton Gravity Research.) Shelma will discuss the origin of Never Not Collective, the reasons why it's important to go for it and what she and her team have learned in this first year of working together.

Shelma Jun

Learn how to survive and thrive as a one-person film crew, led by award-winning Travel Video Journalist Juliana Broste (aka “TravelingJules”). While filmmaking is often thought of as being a team sport, there are advantages and challenges to being a solo filmmaker. Listen in as Jules shares stories from the road, detailing her work as a producer, shooter, writer, editor and host, all in one. Come one, come all, and get ready to harness the power of one.

Juliana Broste

We can't wait for you to meet our panelist of adventurers, filmmakers, photographers, and creators. They will listen and provide you with feedback and advice on a portfolio piece that you wish to share. Each participant will have the opportunity to stand before the class to share a recent project, film, photo, or pitch. Bring 1 portfolio piece on a hard drive or flash drive (this can be a film or even a film idea, photos, your film reel, or some sort of portfolio piece).

Jason Houston | Claudia Lopez | Gabriel Rovick | Jim Aikman

Just take flight and press record, right? Wrong. Join Colorado native and production company owner, Gabe Rovick, for a highflying (literally) presentation on the dos and don’ts of aerial imaging. Tickle your interest in drones with starter tips from an adventure seeker turned licensed pilot, learn a bit about local regulations, and get high on the endless possibilities of this emerging and ever-changing craft!

Gabriel Rovick

In this workshop, Jim will discuss the basics of developing an original film while adhering to the tried-and-true conventions of storytelling in three acts and traditional character development. The class will view sample videos and perform exercises to chart and understand their narrative arc. Finally, we'll examine a story's strengths and weaknesses and how to best pitch it to distributors and sponsors.

Jim Aikman

We'll close the day with some notes for tomorrow and send you off to enjoy the rest of the festival events.

Nasa Koski
Fast Film Fury!

Today you'll have the full experience of planning, shooting, and editing a fast film in 1DAY!

Gabriel Rovick | Juliana Broste | Nasa Koski | Jim Aikman

Break down what it means to create a story from thin air. How does our filmmaking mentors brainstorm ideas and thoughts? You'll be working in small teams of 2-3 with one of our Adventure Filmmaking Mentors. Work with this team to break down what it is you are going to film, who has what job, and an overall goal.

Explore downtown boulder to actually film that idea you just brainstormed. Ask and lean on your mentor for advice and shooting techniques. Tips for the day - Practice a new film skill you haven't practiced before - always the cameraman? Try sound! Developing the experience now will help launch you to the next step and don't be afraid to try something new.

Return from your outing with the opportunity to download and learn how to make a fast edit. Learn a different way to organize your footage. Freshen up on syncing audio. Ask those nitty-gritty editing questions while you have the mentor at your fingertips.

Finalize this day by showing your finished film to the class! All staff, instructors and speakers will provide feedback - congrats & welcome to the world of adventure filmmaking!

Meet The Team

Claudia Lopez


Jason Houston

Photo Journalist

Juliana Broste

Host / Video Journalist

Ryan Van Duzer

Host / Content Creator / Motivational Speaker

Shelma Jun

Filmmaker / Climber / Change Maker

Gabriel Rovick

Director / Producer

Nasa Koski

Director of Photography

Jim Aikman