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.
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.
Once 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.
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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
“It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It set me on the right path to starting a career in the film industry.”
– Brody Zaccardi
“All the instructors were easy to be around and fun to be with, creating a community of students and experts coming together around a common passion for film and storytelling.”
– Monika Bunting
At the end of the school, every student emerges with a solid short film and he tools necessary to take their filmmaking to whichever horizon they seek. That’s untouchable.
– Karen Malmqvist