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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Twelve Trail Tales

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, a key piece of legislation that helped designate and protect many of the trails we love. Today, there are over 1,000 National Recreational Trails, 19 National Historic Trails, and 11 National Scenic Trails across the United States.…
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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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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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Lighting in the Snow with Ben Sturgulewski

I could hear the wind whipping through the speaker of the phone as professional adventure filmmaker Ben Sturgulewski’s voice came through on the other line. Like a true snow junkie, Ben proceeded to conduct our interview from the seat of a swinging chairlift amongst the Alaska winter elements, only that much more of a testament to his commitment to fusing passion with his life’s work. …
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Invest In Yourself

“Get the inside right and the outside will fall into place. – Eckhart Tolle The Power of Now This doesn’t mean that once you focus on you the rest of your success will simply fall into your lap, it means invest in yourself because you are a platform for which all else will rise.…
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Insights from an Outsider

I moved across the country to Seattle a month and a half ago on the premise of a four-month internship at the Adventure Film School. I knew I liked film and I knew I liked adventuring so I thought to myself “hey, what could go wrong?” Besides, moving was something I was familiar with.…
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Nayla Tawa: The Road Back

While most of her peer’s flocked south in search of warm lazy beach days and dripping umbrella drinks, UCLA student Nayla Tawa’s spring break found her duct taped to her snowboard for 2 days with a broken back in three places, broken sternum and a severe knee injury in the remote backcountry region of Kyrgyzstan.…
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