Adventure Film Festival Workshop

October 6 & 7, 2018 // Boulder, Colorado

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. Tickets for the festival typically go on sale mid-late summer.

Registration conditions apply.

Price Qty
2-Day Workshop - Full Priceshow details + $199.00 (USD)  


Learn to develop a story, shot-list, and gear up for your shoot. Join online Google Hangout sessions to work with your group and our instructors to develop your story. Dive deep into aspects of storytelling, and take a look at filmmaking techniques to visual represent your story.

Time to shoot! Work along side our seasoned instructors to bring your vision to life. You will gain hands-on experience with camera techniques, shooting for the edit, working with natural light, and capturing sound on location.

We'll review media management techniques, organize your project for efficient editing, learn tips & tricks to speed up the edit process and if time allows, dig into color correction/grading, sound mixing, and more.

Meet The Team