Colorado Backcountry

Colorado Backcountry

Colorado Backcountry


7 FEB – 14 FEB


7 Days


$ 2595

Activity Level


From the Summit to the Studio

Filmmaking you gotta experience.

There’s no substitute for experience. You’re one part active expedition member, one part storyteller. You’re not just getting up the mountain, you’re working in the cold, wet, and windy with a lot of gear on your back. Shooting in these conditions requires multiple skill-sets including (but not limited to) movement in snow, gear management, camera & filmmaking skills, and self-care in winter conditions. We’ve been there. Let us show you what we know.

Gain strategies to keep shooting in a winter environment while a warm hut awaits your return. Work with our experienced team to gain real-world field experience creating your own 3-5 minute film.

This trip is appropriate for both beginner and advanced filmmakers/adventurers. If you are unfamiliar with skiing or split boarding, you can also snowshoe.

This year Colorado Backcountry 2015 features instructor Ben “Sturge” Sturgulewski. Infused in all aspects of production as a director, cinematographer, editor, and writer, he’s definitively worked in nasty and awe-inspiring conditions around the world—all while bringing a unique and critical cinematic perspective to action sports, documentary, narrative, and commercial pursuits.

  • Three P's

    Pre-Production. Production. Post. A complete filmmaking experience.

  • Make Connections

    Not your standard 9-5. Day-to-night, we’re a team. Connect & build relationships that will last beyond the course.

  • Less Talking. More Doing.

    The world is your classroom. Learn by doing.

What You'll Learn

We know a well crafted story can make the different between a good film, and a great one. That’s why we’ve built in time to plan & develop your story before you’re on the course.

Using Google Hangout, phone, and email, you’ll work 1:1 and in groups to discuss development techniques, write a treatment, and develop a shot-list, and visualize your film. You’ll come into the trip feeling prepared and ready to start shooting.

After our backcountry trip, we’ll come back to town to begin the editing process. We intentionally compress edit time to keep you moving toward a deadline. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish in such a short amount of time. Learn to optimize for the edit. Create sequences, add audio and sweeten up your film for viewing at our participant film festival.

Story Development

Character development. 3 act structures. Hook & entertain your audience.

Tools of Trade

Use sliders, jibs, motion control and more to motivate your shot. Understand how to use them, and common reasons why.


Sleep? What’s that? Learn timelapse techniques including day, night, and day-to-night.

Visual Storytelling

Shot types, lensing, and composition, are just some of the ways we’ll discuss delivering a visual story.

Sound Recording

Getting on location sound. Mic talent, record natural sound and manage uncontrolled spaces.


Work with natural light. Learn to shape & motivate light for a scene.

Data Management

Workflow techniques for field & studio. Prep for post-production.

Editing Techniques

Efficient workflow for additive editing. Learn how editing can effect the mood and style of your film.


Learn the basics of sound design & color correct before exporting your final render.

What's Included

2013COBC_1164Once you enter the production phase, all food, lodging, and instruction are inclusive. We believe a team that stays together builds strong bonds and relationships that last beyond.

Set about 15 miles from Leadville at 11,600′, our backcountry hut destination offers good nearby skiing and terrific views of several 14,000-foot peaks. Our editing location, will house the team in one place and features a hot tub for that late night soak between renders. Be prepared for immersion, fun, and learning.

Our course is as much about connecting to community that will continue to support you beyond this course. This is an investment in your future. Course participants become Adventure Film School alumni and will have access to our alumni forum, special events, course discounts, resources, and project opportunities.

  • Collaborative Instruction

    Your film is our film. We’ll be collaborating with you every step of the way. Our small group size means more individual attention to focus on what you’re looking to learn.

  • Certified Ski Guides & Guided Tours

    Avalanche awareness. Ski tours. Possible actors in your film. Our fun-loving guides have local knowledge and can make a mean chilli.

  • Gear Library

    Learn and use filmmaking tools from our gear library, including 3-axis motion control, jibs, and sliders.

  • Good Eats.

    The secret to a great trip is great food. Our gourmet menus are allergy friendly and customized to your food preferences. Even better, we’ve pre-stocked the hut which means less to carry up.

  • Accommodations

    4 nights in a cozy backcountry hut, and 6 nights in town. We’re hardly “roughing” it, but hey, this isn’t adventure suffering. We’ve got stuff to do!

  • Fee Free

    Backcountry fees, film permits, park fees. Gotta dot the I’s and Ts. We’ve done all the work so you don’t have to. Less paperwork. More shooting!

Get Started

1 spot left!
If you are interested in the last spot, please contact us for special pricing.

Register to secure your spot on the course. Regular price $2595.
Registration closes February 1st, 2015