Tighten Up Your Interview Techniques

Interviews are often a key part of documentary-style filmmaking. Speaking with an expert or other person with intimate knowledge of the film’s main subject area can add substance, depth, and credibility to your film. Of course, if your project focuses on one specific person or group of people, capturing their thoughts and reflections is a key part of the narrative process itself.…
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The Drone Commandments

photo by Invisible Power Unmanned aerial vehicle, unmanned aerial system, quadcopter, drone: no matter what you call it, when you add a camera to this high-flying gadget, you open up endless possibilities to elevate the filmmaking experience. A drone offers flexibility to shoot angles and areas you’d otherwise never have access to, and well-done aerial shots can lend a gorgeous, cinematic quality to your work.…
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Finding Fresh Ideas in the New Year

There’s no shortage of discussions about making resolutions and setting goals come January, but each new year also offers the chance to dream up fresh ideas – and an opportunity to work toward bringing them to life. Here are our tips for channeling your creativity to generate an explosion of ideas that might just lead to your next project.…
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Navigating the Wild World of Adventure Film Festivals

For many people, the phrase “film festival” summons images of celebrities basking in the silver screens at Cannes, Toronto, and Sundance. While it’s true that there’s a certain amount of prestige involved with showing at any of those events, the world is filled with incredible film festivals large and small – and the outdoor community is no different.…
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Location Permitting 101

Surely you’ve heard some variation of the phrase “It’s easier to beg forgiveness than ask for permission.” However, professional (and hopefully personal) ethics dictate the opposite when it comes to filming on property that doesn’t belong to you. Since it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to navigating red tape and paperwork, we decided to break down the nuts and bolts of location permitting to help you prepare for asking permission – and increase your odds of receiving it.…
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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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