Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu



12 OCT – 25 OCT


13 Days


$ 5495

Activity Level


Trekking in Peru

Check another one off that bucket list.

You’re one part active expedition member, one part storyteller. First up. Last to bed. You’ll be in the thick of it — trying to make it down the trail while also managing your gear, shooting on-the-go, and honing those filmmaking skills. It can be a lot to juggle, we know. Let us show you the tricks of the trade.

This trip is appropriate for both beginner and advanced filmmakers/adventurers. Gain strategies to keep shooting for multiple days in remote locations, learn timelapse techniques, and hone your craft as your story evolves. Work with our experienced team to gain real-world field experience creating your own 3-5 minute film in Peru.

As if the beautiful backdrop of the Andes and Machu Picchu weren’t enough, this course features AFS instructor and Emmy award winning filmmaker Keith Partridge. From the summit of Everest to deep unexplored caves, his experience in adventure filmmaking is surpassed by very few. Keith’s work has been shown on the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. This Touching the Void filmmaker is recognized internationally for his work in extreme-locations and for 2 weeks will be your personal mentor. If that doesn’t get you excited, we’re not sure what will!

Want to bring a friend? Companion pricing available at reduced rates. Contact us for more info.

  • THREE Ps

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


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


    The world is your classroom. Learn alongside professionals and dive into the action.

What You'll Learn

We know a well crafted story can make the different between a good film, and a great one. We also know there are multiple components to traveling internationally. That’s why we’ve built in time to plan & develop your story before you’re in Peru.

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

After a multiple days trekking, hiking, exploring this beautiful land we will return to a lovely home in Cusco 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.

Visual Storytelling

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

Camera Settings / Modes

ISO. Shutter Speed. Aperture. Understand the functions of a DSLR.

Problem Solving

Techniques to tackle problems you may encounter while shooting internationally.


On location scouting. What to look for and why.


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

Solar Power

Peru’s close proximity to the equator makes for strong sun. Utilize this sun to charge all your devices on the trail.

Sound Recording

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


Learn the basics of sound design and color correction before exporting your final render.

Data Management

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

Editing Techniques

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


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

What's Included

To begin story development & pre-production, your course starts one month before we enter South America. Join remote group sessions with your fellow filmmakers & instructors as well as 1:1 phone and email discussions. Receive notes and resources to help visualize your story.

Peek-at-Machu-PicchuOnce you enter the production phase in Peru, your round-trip flight from Lima to Cusco, all lodging, instruction, and meals are inclusive. We believe a team that stays together builds strong bonds and relationships that last beyond.

Set at one of the Seven Wonders of The World, our iconic destination offers some of the most historical and breathtaking monuments as the backdrop for your film. You’ll have opportunity to visit local ruins, bustling markets, and remote villages. Our mule & horse supported trek allows for an easier hiking experience to better concentrate on your filmmaking goals. Spend a full week in the field eating freshly prepared meals, energizing you to film, edit, and hike all day. Experience and capture both the Peruvian city life and the contrasting mountain culture with 13 nights of fully accommodated lodging from cozy casa’s to remote backcountry camping.

Once we’re out of the field, don’t say goodbye just yet. Post-production begins at our editing house located in Cusco, Peru. Here you will still feel nestled between the Urubamba Valley and the Andes Mountain Range. Spend several days editing your footage, understanding the post-production process and working directly with instructors to get the final piece you’ve envisioned for weeks now. Be prepared for nothing but cultural immersion, fun and learning.

You won’t leave Peru with one project and you’re done. This is an investment in your future. Connect to a community that will continue to support you beyond this course. Course participants become Adventure Film School alumni and will have access to our alumni forum, special events, course discounts, resources, and project opportunities.

Michael Brown hiking the Inca Trail in Peru

  • 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.

  • Prep. Film. Edit. Celebrate

    Sunrise. Sunset. Explore, trek, & embody one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. Capturing the textures, cultures, and distinct history of sacred monuments, and ancient ruins. Hone in new skills during your edit. Share your masterpiece with the community that inspired you in the first place.

  • Guides, Cooks & Pack Mules -- Oh my!

    1 Western Leader, 1 Peruvian Guide, Assistant guides, Private Cook, Horsemen & Horses. It’s a production in more ways than one. But believe us, your back will thank us later.

  • Gear Library

    Learn and use filmmaking tools from our gear library, including 3-axis motion control, jibs, and sliders. If you need to borrow or rent equipment, let us know. We have you covered.

  • Accommodations

    From comfortable hotels, to blissful nights camping under the stars, to authentic casas… we’re hardly “roughing” it. But hey, this isn’t adventure suffering. We’ve got stuff to do!

  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

    The road less traveled requires a few ways to get there. Fortunately, all you need to do is get yourself to Lima and we’ll handle the rest. From Lima, we’ll wisk you away on a flight to Cusco. From there you’ll go by bus, foot, and eventually train as we make our way to Machu Picchu.

  • Good Eats

    The secret to a great trip is great food. Indulge in gourmet meals as local cooks prepare them morning, noon, & evening. Served every meal is a fresh, locally sustained, and authentic Peruvian dishes.

  • Fee Free

    All camping fees, backcountry fees, film permits, & National park fees. Gotta dot the I’s and T’s. We’ve done all the work so you don’t have to. Less paperwork. More shooting!

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