Graham Zimmerman’s Work Hard, Play Hard Balance

Graham Zimmerman is what you might call an outdoorsy multi-hyphenate. He’s an award-winning alpinist with a history of first ascents, an experienced producer and project manager, and as you might have guessed, an adventure filmmaker. Oh, and a geophysicist. “Producing films and producing geology projects is kind of the same thing,” he laughs.…
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Creating Lifestyle Content on Trail

Most people would probably consider a backpacking trip an opportunity to shake off the duties of work and enjoy a little downtime with Mother Nature – cell phones turned off, computers powered down, and hammocks securely fastened. Other people know that time spent on trail offers the perfect chance to snap photos, shoot film, and engage in storytelling – in other words, create “content.” Sometimes, this simply consists of creating material for your own social media channels, but it in other cases, the images you capture on trail can prove useful to brands and other organizations who are looking for lifestyle content – stories about people outdoors, using their gear, participating in their activities, and embodying their mission or ethos.…
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How to Create Content for Outdoor Brands

The outdoor industry is experiencing unparalleled growth – so much so that last year’s Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act moved to include its impressive earnings in the national Gross Domestic Product. Business is booming, which means that outdoor adventure brands are constantly looking for ways to nurture connections with their expanding customer base.…
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6 Outdoor Adventure Film Collectives You Need to Know

The last decade has witnessed an explosion of adventure filmmaking, from creative commercial spots and humorous shorts to high-octane sports films and heart-filled documentaries; some of the most memorable offerings have come from the six media collectives listed here. CAMP4 COLLECTIVE camp4collective.com One look at Camp4 Collective’s impressive (and impressively dramatic) 2015 reel tells you that this isn’t your average media company.…
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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. …
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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.…
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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?…
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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. …
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What My Trip to the Olympic Peninsula Taught Me About Film

I had it all planned out. My friend JT was visiting Washington and we were planning to explore the rainforests and Mountain ranges of The Enchanted Valley on the Olympic Peninsula. Seeing as I had just spent the last three months of my internship at AFS learning how to prepare for the backcountry, I was eager to put my skills to the ultimate test of planning my own adventure.…
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