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Podcast 006 | Backcountry Filmmaking and Photography

Podcast 006 | Backcountry Filmmaking and Photography

This podcast is about backcountry filmmaking and images.

It was that creating skilled images and video content material within the mountains required thirty or extra kilos of drugs. Not anymore. An explosion of innovation over the previous few years means which you can now inform tales and seize adventures with a excessive diploma of high quality whereas sustaining a low pack weight and a minimalist mindset.

On this episode, Andrew and Ryan dig deep into the instruments, expertise, and philosophy you’ll want to reinforce your backcountry images and filmmaking expertise. They get began by instantly leaping into the interview: an enticing and energetic dialogue with filmmaker and ultralight backpacker Chris Smead. Chris’ movie “Rae Lakes” gained the Members’ Selection award on the inaugural Backpacking Mild Movie Pageant in 2017, and he’s been creating continuous ever since.

Chris shares his journey as an artist, the instruments and methods he makes use of to inform his tales, actionable ideas to assist any budding filmmakers within the crowd, and some bonus marriage recommendation. The interview wraps up with a speed-round and a pitch for a California hiker occasion referred to as the Switchback Showcase.

After the interview, Ryan and Andrew take a deep dive into digital camera gear. What makes a digital camera properly fitted to journey filmmaking and images? What are the totally different choices? How do your decisions have an effect on the result of your ultimate product? All these questions and extra are answered.

The blokes proceed the dialog by leaping in to some listener questions: What’s the most effective approach to enhance images and filmmaking expertise? What are the perfect methods to spend a restricted price range? Are there occasions whenever you shouldn’t be taking footage?

The Gear and Hiker Hack sections are involved with batteries and energy sources—learn how to cost them, learn how to maintain them charged, and which of them to make use of.

Lastly, Andrew and Ryan share what they’ve been as much as recently. Ryan is making films and Andrew is dressing for fulfillment Norwegian type.

  • Ryan and Andrew introduce the episode matter: images and filmmaking within the backcountry.
    • Andrew was a filmmaker, is now knowledgeable photographer and artist.
    • Ryan is an avid photographer and is starting to experiment with backcountry filmmaking methods.
  • Ryan introduces this episode’s visitor: Chris Smead.
    • Chris’ social media
    • Chris’ gear setup
  • Visitor interview:
    • Chris particulars his background within the outdoor.
      • Has all the time been a hiker
      • Found backpacking in 2004
    • Chris and Ryan speak about Chris’s movie Alcove
      • Out of Chris’ consolation zone (new surroundings)
      • Chris had a model new digital camera
      • Chris would deliver higher audio instruments sooner or later.
    • Chris and Andrew speak about Chris’ movie Rae Lakes
      • A movie that represents Chris’ marriage.
      • The movie was about Chris introducing his spouse to critical backcountry journey.
      • The climate took a flip for them (excessive snow ranges).
      • Going over Glen Cross
      • When to place the digital camera down?
    • How Chris received began as a filmmaker
    • Getting from zero to 70% good
    • The perfect mistake Chris has ever made: modifying his personal footage
      • Being conscious of his errors
      • What to chop, and the best way to repair errors when your photographs are dangerous
    • Producing concepts
      • Chris plans a visit
      • Plans his gear, photographs, and story
      • Construct the story based mostly on the journey
    • Largest challenges of backcountry filmmaking
      • Permits
        • Chris is a rule follower!
        • Could be a problem
      • Weight of drugs
        • Ultralight backpacking gear permits Chris to hold extra digital camera gear.
      • Who wants a allow and why?
        • Getting a allow is straightforward when you affirm to the Wilderness Act.
        • Fuzzy strains between business and non-commercial (social media).
        • What areas do you want a allow? (BLM, Wilderness, Nationwide Parks, and so on)
        • Chris’ ideas for getting a allow.
    • Favourite gear
      • Sony a6500
      • Favourite lens
        • Sigma 30mm
          • Shallow depth of area
          • Good in low mild
          • Good for backpacking
          • Interviews, some panorama, some shut ups
      • Chris additionally brings a macro lens
      • Telephoto lens is usually a problem however rewarding for wildlife
      • You want a large lens to get good landscapes
      • GoPro
        • Good throughout device
        • Can go the place most cameras can’t go.
        • Gimbal on prime of trekking pole!
      • Sound
    • What’s Chris’ favourite a part of filmmaking?
      • Capturing
      • Modifying
      • Movement graphics
      • Additionally enjoys composing music
        • If he does an excessive amount of of it himself it’s straightforward to get sick of the challenge.
        • Lately he has been chopping movies to scores written by different individuals.
        • Music influences the reduce
      • Prefers to be behind the digital camera (out within the wilderness)
    • Collaboration
      • Chris began out all by himself
      • Composer from Tiny Lunatic
      • Provides artistic enter, makes the undertaking extra fascinating
      • Working with a colorist named Bruce Goodman
      • Two sound guys from the movie business
      • Director of Video at Stanford college
    • Chris’ movies are very private
      • You want a human aspect in a narrative
      • Concerning the expertise general: not simply the surroundings.
    • The most effective methods for a novice to study the craft of filmmaking
      • Modifying your personal footage is a assist
      • Capturing on no matter you could have. Simply make your film!
    • Balancing the ultralight ethos with filmmaking: what do you allow at residence?
      • Chris obtained to a sure level and then couldn’t go any additional with ultralight.
      • Filmmaking pushed him to go to the subsequent degree with ultralight?
      • The typical videographer’s device package is just not gonna work on a backpacking journey.
      • His weight varies in response to the journey he’s on.
    • Publish-production workflow
      • Very first thing Chris does is minimize the trailer, this helps him get a really feel for what footage he has and what his story will probably be.
      • Then he goes via and cuts every day chronologically.
      • He makes use of Last Minimize X.
      • A lot of different individuals use Avid or Premiere.
    • Movement graphics
      • Chris obtained into movement graphics as a result of he wanted to repair his errors
      • He makes use of Movement 5
    • What makes a superb journey filmmaker?
      • The power to seize the expertise
      • Authenticity
      • Your instruments don’t matter as a lot because the story
      • Know-how could be very accessible.
      • The bar has been raised.
      • Professional = partaking story
      • “Unsupported” by Jason Fitzpatrick
      • Andrew says backpacking is inherently unsexy. Ryan and Chris disagree. Convo ensues.
    • What does Chris really feel is his duty as a filmmaker?
      • Encouraging individuals to get out into the woods.
      • Seeing locations on movie encourages individuals to care about stewardship.
    • Pageant Submission
      • Filmfreeway is an effective answer for pageant submission, it’s what we use at Backpacking Mild for our Journey Movie Pageant.
      • Formatting for festivals can typically be troublesome!
    • The Excessive Sierra Path movie
      • An actual studying expertise for Chris.
      • Picked up by a variety of festivals, together with some uncommon ones Chris wasn’t anticipating!
    • Chris’ subsequent movie: Highline.
      • Highline Kickstarter Hyperlink: http://kck.st/2OuHlhU
      • Official Highline web site: https://highlinefilm.com/
      • Follows the founders of Zpacks.
      • Additionally goes into the historical past of the path.
      • The private tales of his characters.
      • Trailer simply launched, movie premieres in summer time of 2019!
    • Lightning Spherical!
    • Switchback Showcase
      • A profit for Massive Metropolis Mountaineers
  • Interview follow-up dialogue: How errors could make your undertaking higher.
  • How can we scale back the obstacles to images and filmmaking within the backcountry.
  • What has modified in the previous few many years?
    • The Pink
    • Skilled digital camera gear could be out of attain for the typical backpacker
  • What are some instruments which are light-weight, straightforward to make use of, reasonably priced, however keep a excessive degree of high quality.
    • Ryan’s Seven Standards
      • Water resistance
      • Respectable sound
        • On board mic
        • Or capacity to plug in exterior mic
      • Some type of inner stabilization
      • 24p functionality
      • Sluggish movement
      • Small and mild
      • Speedy and easy workflow
  • Digital camera households
    • DSLR
      • Massive and chunky
      • A fantastic worth (good ultimate product in your cash!)
      • Restricted by finances? That is the best way to go.
      • Canon or Nikon?
    • Mirrorless
      • Smaller and lighter on common.
      • Ryan on Olympus and Panasonic cameras
      • Interchangeable lenses
      • A full body mirrorless just like the Sony A7 line is analogous in functionality to a DSLR whereas weighing virtually a pound much less
      • Ryan shoots with the Sony a6500
    • Level and Shoot
      • Small and mild
      • Fastened lens
      • Some zooming potential
      • Prior to now – no entry to guide settings
    • Motion Cam
      • GoPro nonetheless main the best way
        • Ryan shoots with the Hero7 Black
        • Good footage that holds up nicely in submit processing
        • Good sluggish movement
        • Waterproof
        • Good sound in digital camera!
        • Exterior mic enter
        • Distinctive digital camera angles are attainable
        • Some shot flexibility
    • Smartphones
      • Execs
        • Versatile footage choices
        • Sluggish movement
        • 4k
        • Management over guide settings and bit fee utilizing third get together software program
        • Quickly enhancing cameras and sensors
        • Extra and extra execs are utilizing telephones to quickly create tasks
        • Ryan likes these exterior lenses for vast and tele photographs!
        • Can match on the lightest out there gimbals.
        • Exterior audio inputs
        • Latest Google, Apple, and Samsung telephones are all waterproof
      • Cons
        • Not almost as a lot inner stabilization as an motion cam.
        • Lens decisions (and subsequently shot selection) nonetheless restricted.
      • Andrew sells prints of nice artwork images that he took on his smartphone.
      • A lot of nationwide journal covers at the moment are shot on smartphones.
      • The telephone is a multi-use merchandise.
      • Software program and Workflow within the area
        • You’ll be able to create content material earlier than you ever get residence
        • You’ll be able to evaluation your footage when you nonetheless have time to do a reshoot.
        • Makes issues easier and quicker
        • Filmic Professional (entry to guide settings)
        • Second  (entry to guide settings)
        • iMovie (for video modifying, comes preloaded on Apple units)
        • Adobe Rush (video modifying on cellular, desktop, and pill)
        • Adobe Lightroom (nonetheless images modifying on cellular, desktop, and pill)
      • Telephone images and filmmaking know-how has allowed these artistic processes to be far more accessible to individuals from all walks of life and revenue ranges.
  • Listener Questions
    • What’s one of the simplest ways to enhance my images and filmmaking?
      • Don’t get caught up within the gear – concentrate on enhancing your expertise!
        • This is applicable to any facet of backcountry journey.
      • The Naked Bones Digital camera Course for Movie and Video
      • Change your viewpoint
      • Secure footage and good high quality audio
      • Capturing ratio
      • Research and Follow
        • Hunt down good documentaries
        • Research painters and different artists
      • Use the correct device for the job
        • The place is your media going? What’s the endpoint?
        • Understanding these questions has an impression on how a lot weight you’re okay with bringing.
    • I’m an skilled photographer however I need to begin capturing video. What do I have to know?
      • Most of the expertise are the identical.
      • Transfer the digital camera…with objective!
      • Shoot movement
      • Movement = time
      • Take heed to rhythm and circulate
      • Don’t make all of your cuts match the music
      • Research the best way that tales work
        • Three act construction
        • Story arc
        • Hero’s journey
      • Free Solo…watch this movie!
    • What’s the most effective use of my cash?
      • Lenses (assuming you’re utilizing an interchangeable lens system)
      • Small tripod
      • Respectable mic
    • Are there any moral or philosophical causes NOT to take footage or make video within the backcountry?
      • Display time saturation
      • Cell telephones and go execs are much less intimidating to documentary topics.
      • Drones could be distracting
  • Gear
    • Photo voltaic
      • Two situations the place photo voltaic is value it
        • A suuuuper lengthy journey with no re-supply.
        • A visit the place you will have the posh of sunny days and plenty of spare time.
    • Spare batteries
      • Low cost
      • Straightforward to make use of, simply pop them in with no interruption
    • Energy Banks
      • Used for rechargeable units with no swappable battery.
    • Charging methods
      • Maintain your batteries heat
      • Drain your battery all the best way down earlier than recharging.
  • Hiker Hacks
    • Water bladder drawback from final episode
    • The best way to hold batteries heat?
      • What does chilly imply?
        • Under freezing is when batteries actually begin to be affected.
      • Take away batteries from the gadget when potential.
      • Don’t hold your digital camera inside your jacket! May cause condensation points.
    • Do you’ve options for protecting batteries heat or fixing digital condensation points? E-mail us at podcast@backpackinglight.com
  • Right here and Now
    • Ryan
      • Taking a look at cellular gadget filmmaking
    • Andrew

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