What If

Aug12

This isn’t your typical mountain biking edit. Reading the description, I was skeptical about having the philosopher Alan Watts dish out some rhetoric while shredding down a mountain. However – it totally works. Great filming, superb slow motion roosting and a dose of inspiration make this edit a winner in our books.

From the Film Maker:

“Free you mind and the rest will follow” is easier said than done, but it’s worth thinking about it once in a while. Are you as good in postponing to the very last moment as i am? When it comes to life, your life, this moment might be too late to get epic shit done.

The Tetons

Jul24

Yeti has a history of cranking out high quality edits in amazing locations to show off their product and this latest video is no exception! Shot by Craig Grant & John Reynolds with shred modeling by Chris Van Dine and Joey Schusler.

A land largely unaffected by the progress of man, the Tetons Range and the surrounding areas are a pristine ecosystem inhabited by a vast diversity of wildlife spreading across multiple national parks. Uninhibited by foothills on the eastern side the range rises sharply and splits upper Wyoming and lower Idaho in two. On one side sits Jackson Hole, home to the legendary ski area and playground to outdoor junkies. On the other resides the Teton Valley: a landscape dotted with hay farms and the small rustic towns of eastern Idaho. Smack in the middle, off the pass that separates the two, lies some of the most progressive mountain bike trails in America. Local riders teaming with the Forest Service have created a network of trails designed and built specifically for riding. We explored both sides of the pass and rode varied terrain from purpose-built bike park features to backcountry singletrack, clinging to the edge of 10,000-foot peaks. The experience instilled a sense in us that the locals have got it figured out here, and the need for a satellite Yeti office in JH.

Life in Focus – Lars Schneider

Jul22

Episode 5 of ‘Life in Focus’, features German adventure/sport shooter, Lars Schneider. Lars has a story to tell that’s far different from anything we’ve heard before. With a passion for exploring the outdoors, Lars pursued his dream of becoming an outdoor photographer and journalist at a very young age. He began submitting his work to several magazines, getting first published at 16. By the early 90’s becoming an outdoor photographer was a small market and not a promising option in Germany, so Lars was forced to consider work elsewhere. He tried to make the 9-5 grind happen and soon realized it wasn’t for him. While he continued to submit stories and photos to magazines, he was soon connected with the Chief Editor of Outdoor Magazine who marvelled at the photos and stories Lars was producing, and promoted him to Outdoor Magazine’s travel editor.

Fast forward 10 years–Lars and his wife Katrin are based out of Hamburg, Germany and have travelled the world, while building their photography brand, Outdoor Visions, which specializes in all types of outdoor photography from yoga to landscape to ski touring. Last year, Lars and Katrin were graced with a new member of their family, Fietje. Eight months later they’re on the road touring the South West of the United States in a 40 year old VW Van with their newborn son.
In this episode, we get a glimpse of this trip through the Great Southwest with Lars, Katrin and eight month old Fietje, to see what life is like on the road.

The Moments Between

Jul18

The Moments Between is a mini-doc featuring action sports photographer Mattias Fredriksson and his good friend Janne Tjärnström. While it’s easy to get lost in producing work – this mini-doc brings you back to the reality of it all: “It’s all about fun and creating something beautiful.” Words to live by.

Forbidden Fruit: First Ascents in Colombia

Jul09

There’s something to be said for combining travel and sport. An almost routine activity like climbing can become a huge adventure when you step out of your familiar geographical zone and immerse yourself in a whole new environment and culture. These are the journeys that have the power to change you.

A van overloaded with too many people sputters and coughs as it rolls to a stop in front of an old, ill-kept hotel. Bald, hand-patched tires let out a sigh of relief as a band of American climbers tumble out of the rickety jalopy that has been their home for the last 10 hours. Overhead, two thousand feet of striped, limestone cliffs loom above dense jungle as Ben Spannuth unpacks his gear from the back of the make-shift bus. The travel day is at an end. Tomorrow, he will explore the caves eroded into the face of the rock.

Walking on Water

May30

For each thing we lose, we gain another…

When a skiing accident left Greg Mallory paralyzed from the waist down, he turned to kayaking to help him escape his wheelchair. Now he’s an accomplished Class V whitewater paddler who finds strength, challenge and meaning on the river. This is his story.


Truly an inspirational video from NRS Films who have been focusing on water, rivers and our often over looked relation to them. Top notch video production
and a solid narrative suck you right into this one. Enjoy.

Microscopic to Cosmic: Organic VFX of ‘The Fountain’

May11

In an era of ubiquitous CGI effects in movies there are still some notable diversions taking a more classic approach. Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain (2006) is a perfect example of this. Macrophotographer/marine biologist Peter Parks, who masterminded and filmed the chemical and biological elements seen in The Fountain explains:

“The studio gave Darren a really hard time,” Parks recalls. “Nobody believed he could make this film without CGI. The studio thought he was crazy.” With a stack of Hubble photographs for inspiration, [Parks and his son] worked from before dawn till late at night for 10 weeks. The cost of a single f/x sequence from ILM can reach several million dollars, but Parks shot all the footage Aronofsky needed for just $140,000.

Parks and his son run a home f/x shop based on a device they call the microzoom optical bench. Bristling with digital and film cameras, lenses, and Victorian prisms, their contraption can magnify a microliter of water up to 500,000 times or fill an Imax screen with the period at the end of this sentence. Into water they sprinkle yeast, dyes, solvents, and baby oil, along with other ingredients they decline to divulge… The upshot is that Parks can make a dash of curry powder cascading toward the lens look like an onslaught of flaming meteorites. “When these images are projected on a big screen, you feel like you’re looking at infinity,” he says. “That’s because the same forces at work in the water – gravitational effects, settlement, refractive indices – are happening in outer space.”

Truly amazing and inspiring when you watch this video knowing CGI wasn’t implemented for these complex background elements.

Check out the original article here.

Chose to Think

May08

In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.
We made this video, built around an abridged version of the original audio recording, with the hopes that the core message of the speech could reach a wider audience who might not have otherwise been interested. However, we encourage everyone to seek out the full speech (because, in this case, the book is definitely better than the movie).
-The Glossary

Take a few minutes to watch this and think about how you view the everyday monotony of life. This made our last grocery store experience much more pleasant!

Google Street View Hyperlapse

Apr16

So this is a pretty amazing collision of technology and ingenuity. As we all know, Google has been scouring the world collecting photos for their street view project. This mass of photographic information they have collected is just a gold mine waiting for creative minded people to dig into. The creative folks at Teehan+Lax have created this amazing open source platform that can take any location in street view and transform it into a hyperlapse. Hyperlapses are similar to timelapses with the exception of large, sweeping camera movements. While they haven’t released the code they used to create the below video, they have released a basic version that is way less visually appealing but fun to play with none-the-less. We can’t wait to see what comes out of this open source project – and it’s surely just the tip of the street view potential iceberg.

New Zealand Landscapes Timelapse

Apr08

In our opinion, time lapses never get old, especially landscapes. So when this collection of New Zealand landscape time lapses come out we had to share it. What we love so much about these is that it truly exposes you to something you would never experience in real life. It exposes you to the motion of the heavens, makes clouds look more like turbulent waters and forces you to rethink motion and interactions on a much larger, slower scale. It has been said you always need a good hook in a video, something that grabs the audiences attention… well the next six minutes are all hooks in our opinion. Enjoy.

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