This past June, we had planned to do a packraft adventure film in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with a couple friends from Whitefish, Montana. We were not sure what to expect, but like always, we wanted to make a film that was true to our experience.
Looking back, the Arctic sort of wrote the story all on its own. The exotic nature of 24-hour sun, no trees, swaths of ice, and a seemingly endless and ageless mountain landscape captured us for a full 2 weeks. It really seemed like we were on a different planet – eating when we were hungry, sleeping when we were tired, and playing at all hours of the day without any regard for the time. Most importantly, we were far, far away from the chaos of humanity that had been exacerbated by a crazy election year. It felt good to be on a different planet where talks of Hillary and Trump weren’t rattling our brains. Celebrities and cell phones had no grip on our reality. This planet was a sanctuary from all that. Our minds could go quiet, and our eyes were suddenly open to the most astonishing wild beauty that we have left. The dull sadness about life faded, and everything was bright again.
You don’t have to go to the Arctic to find refuge. Thankfully, we have wild and beautiful places in our backyard – and they belong to us as Americans through our public lands. Enjoy the film – comment, share, and remember that life is still beautiful.
From the Filmmaker: Here is relaxing 360 V.R. timelapse video of the Milky Way moving through the night sky and a weak Aurora over Knob Lakes near Glacierview, Alaska on April 1, 2016. Enjoy and share!
From the filmmaker: The Yukon's vast landscape and minimal development provides great opportunity to explore amazing places. This video showcases some of the great activities and vistas the Yukon has to offer. This video is a summery of the adventures I experienced during the summer of 2015. Please feel free to share with friends and let them see what the yukon has to offer.
We have been flying camera mounted UAVs since 2013. Believe it or not, that was before drones became the widespread consumer item that they are today. These crafts were tough to fly, and the camera stabilization was not easy or affordable. Throughout, we've worked closely with Quadrocopter, LLC to find professional UAV solutions that fit our unique needs in Alaska.
UAVs offer an incredible perspective for a filmmaker, opening the door to many innovative shots that had never before been possible for small scale production. This is a short reel, showcasing our aerial videography in Alaska over the past 4 years.
They call them Kings for a reason. In 2013, we traveled around Alaska for 6 weeks filming Alaska largest salmon on the fly for our short film Long Live the King. These are special salmon, and they do not return to AK in the enormous numbers that sockeye, coho, pink, and chum salmon do. King Salmon conservation should be a continuing topic of discussion among guides and anglers in AK.
King Salmon are an icon in Alaska, and one of the most exciting sport fish in the Last Frontier. Here's a little highlight reel from that footage we shot back in 2013. Watch in HD - Comment, Share, and Enjoy!
We spent a day with Royal Coachman Lodge on nearby Kulik Lake to take in some remarkable Alaska scenery and to catch a few early season fish. This has got to be one of the most scenic spots in all of Bristol Bay. It's stunning how the Wood-Tikchik Lakes intertwine and collide with the dramatic Wood River Mountains. A fishing trip in this region offers so much more than fishing. Watch in HD - Comment, Share, Enjoy
If you've never seen the grandeur of Alaska's landscapes, this short will give you a small glimpse of the mind bending wonders that make up "The Great Land". The scale is unfathomable, the beauty is divine, and the wildness is inspiring. Watch in HD - Share, Comment, Enjoy!
If you've ever been fly fishing in Alaska, you have most likely encountered Arctic Grayling. They are abundant in many of Alaska's remote rivers. In some areas, they can grow to be over 20-inches in length. Their iridescent colors and feisty demeanor really make them unique. If you like throwing dry flies, it's hard to beat the action you'll see with Arctic Grayling.
While shooting Mighty Mouse II in Western AK, we captured dozens of Grayling takes on camera. And, since we felt like waltzing, we thought we'd put together a short reel. Watch in HD - Comment, Share, Enjoy!
Variety is the spice of life they say. There's very few places on planet Earth where you can find the type of fish variety that you can in Alaska. We've counted 12 different freshwater species that you can catch on the fly - King Salmon, Chum Salmon, Silver Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Pink Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden, Northern Pike, Sheefish, Lake Trout, and Arctic Grayling. Did we miss any? The Alaska Grand Slam is all of these species in a single fishing season. Or even better, a single week. Comment if you've achieved the Alaska Grand Slam!