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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Harnessing the Power of Social Media

Whether you spend all day mesmerized by a glowing screen or would rather chuck your smartphone off of a cliff, social media is here to stay – and it’s an essential tool for modern filmmakers. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat offer not just a way to promote yourself and your work, but also an opportunity to participate in the greater filmmaking community, connect with your audience, and find potential creative or business partners.…
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Finding Funding for Your Film Projects

It can feel like one of the most significant hurdles in filmmaking is securing adequate financial backing for your projects. While it is possible for some folks to self-finance, apply for bank loans, locate individual investors, or borrow money from friends and family in order to fund their films, even those sources can run dry – and more often than not, they may not exist in the first place.…
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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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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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