Blog

Music Magic: How to License a Song

Imagine, if you will, the infamous shower sequence in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho. In the scene, we see Janet Leigh’s character Marion Crane lathering up in relative silence when suddenly the shower curtain is thrown aside and violence begins, set to the world’s most recognizable violin stabs.…
Read More

Music Magic: Finding the Right Song

Music is all around, it seems – from terrestrial radio to the satellite kind, from iTunes to Spotify, from shopping mall speakers to barroom jukeboxes. There’s so much of it, in fact, that it can feel a bit overwhelming when it comes time to search for the perfect song – the one that’s going to score a scene or set the tone for your project.…
Read More

Lighting in the Snow with Ben Sturgulewski

I could hear the wind whipping through the speaker of the phone as professional adventure filmmaker Ben Sturgulewski’s voice came through on the other line. Like a true snow junkie, Ben proceeded to conduct our interview from the seat of a swinging chairlift amongst the Alaska winter elements, only that much more of a testament to his commitment to fusing passion with his life’s work. …
Read More

Invest In Yourself

“Get the inside right and the outside will fall into place. – Eckhart Tolle The Power of Now This doesn’t mean that once you focus on you the rest of your success will simply fall into your lap, it means invest in yourself because you are a platform for which all else will rise.…
Read More

Insights from an Outsider

I moved across the country to Seattle a month and a half ago on the premise of a four-month internship at the Adventure Film School. I knew I liked film and I knew I liked adventuring so I thought to myself “hey, what could go wrong?” Besides, moving was something I was familiar with.…
Read More

Nayla Tawa: The Road Back

While most of her peer’s flocked south in search of warm lazy beach days and dripping umbrella drinks, UCLA student Nayla Tawa’s spring break found her duct taped to her snowboard for 2 days with a broken back in three places, broken sternum and a severe knee injury in the remote backcountry region of Kyrgyzstan.…
Read More

The Value of Feedback

I have to do what?? was my reaction when the Adventure Film School asked me to share my ideas and treatment with the rest of the group. Growing up, I remember sitting in art class and having fellow students lean over my shoulder obnoxiously asking “what’s that?” as my pencil scratched across the page.…
Read More

5 Adventure TED Talks that Inspire

Every so often, we need a little bit of extra inspiration to keep us going. And for those with an adventurous soul, our friends over at TED have provided an excellent way to receive that extra inspiration we’re looking for. Here are five awe and inspiration-inducing adventure-themed TED Talks to start with… Ben Saunders: Why did I ski to the North Pole?…
Read More

Beginner’s Guide to Marketing, Promoting and Distributing Your Film

As a beginner filmmaker getting your work out there is a challenge. Where and who is your audience, how to maintain relationships, and how & where to distribute your work are all important aspects toward making your work known. 1. Marketing & Understanding Your Audience If you have ever read about marketing, this aspect is plastered across the internet and is seen in advice columns for freelancers of all walks; because it’s true!…
Read More

Creating Positive Impact through Photography & Film – Michael Brown

AFS Instructor and Founder, Michael Brown shared some of his insights gained throughout his filmmaking career, during his presentation at the PIX Conference in Seattle, WA in the beginning of October. Michael creates a positive impact through photography and film and does a wonderful job of demonstrating that not only in his career, but other aspects of his life. …
Read More