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Zip-lining, train-riding, and boat-cruising in Yosemite

asdfeeWe recently went to Yosemite to film some zip-lining, train-riding, and boat-cruising for DiscoverAmerica.com. We went into this trip knowing we would see some beautiful scenery, but we had no idea it would be this gorgeous. Luckily, we took plenty of pics to accompany this 2-minute video so that you can see our adventures too! A few key pieces of gear that helped us capture this unique environment were Steady Hands, a Keen Eye (for those unique shots), and of course a Strong Back to carry our gear on.

 

 

 

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American Fútbol the 2014 World Cup Documentary

americanfutbol7,000 miles, 10 countries, 1 goal. American Fútbol is a documentary film and webisode project following  four filmmakers as they travel through Latin America to Brazil for the World Cup.  Starting in L.A., we will travel 7,000 miles, visit 10 countries, all for 1 goal…to experience Latin America’s deep cultural connection to soccer.

 

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4 Ways to Become a Photography Social Media Rockstar
February 27, 2014

4 Ways to Become a Photography Social Media Rockstar

Humans of New York“How delusional do you have to be, that you think you can be a successful photographer with no experience.” When Brandon Stanton first started taking 10,000 portraits for a personal project, he received many rejections. A few months later and Humans of New York, Brandon’s blog, has over 3 million fans. It seems that Brandon has a knack for telling stories through his photography. At the core of his work are these four principles that we think can improve anyone’s creative endeavor.

 

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VFOriginal: We trail through the California Deserts. Here’s what we found, here’s what we learned

desert headerWhy do a project you love? Because you get to make something like this! Last summer we went on a wild adventure into the deserts of California to film a documentary about the State we love. We had no client, no money, and yet no limitations. Here’s how we did it and what we learned along the way.

 

 

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3 Ways to Innovate like Elon Musk

Bloomberg Risk Takers Elon MuskHow do you build the future? You begin imagining it today. In this month’s Feature Doc we talk about one of the greatest business leaders and visionaries of our time, Elon Musk. Founder of Paypal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX, Elon Musk is probably the most difficult entrepreneur to pinpoint into a nice story arc, but this doc from Bloomberg does a cracking job at it.

 

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Pascal Depuhl launches his documentary career from 10,000 feet in the Afghan mountains
October 2, 2013

Pascal Depuhl launches his documentary career from 10,000 feet in the Afghan mountains

Pagasus in Kret frame

My name is Pascal Depuhl. In winter of 2012 I embarked upon one of the greatest challenges of my career, filming my first documentary: “On Wings of Hope“. The documentary tells the story of Pactec, an aid organization in Afghanistan that provides flight services to over 200 NGOs in this Central Asian country and allowing those organizations to impact the lives of countless Afghans. As you can imagine, Afghanistan is not the easiest place to film in to begin with, and I found myself facing a myriad of challenges beginning with the physical ones, such as filming at 10,000 feet above sea level, in -25º C temperatures, recording sound and video in small, noisy aircraft as a one person crew…

 

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Janapar | An incredible journey

JanaparOfficial selection of the Raindance Film Festival, Janapar is an amazing documentary about a man who embarks on a bike journey around the world and the unexpected encounter that could derail his entire trip. As he circles the globe a solo rider, along the way he meets a girl who he falls madly in love with. Yes, it sounds like a Hollywood script, but what’s amazing is that everything in Janapar is real, a true documentary that captures that infamous fork-in-the-road moment that all of us come to at one point in our lives. Watch the trailer below and if you’re intrigued you can buy the full digital doc right off the Janapar website.

Peterson | Mini-doc by Tory Nelson

PetersonI’m Tory Nelson, a commercial and music video director. In the summer of 2010 I went to Kenya to shoot some short documentaries for a non-profit. Compassion for Africa is a small organization, but has had a huge impact on communities in Kenya and Uganda with their work with orphans. I went with a humanitarian team and I was the only filmmaker, so the challenge was quite daunting to be in charge of finding and capturing a story that works, especially considering I don’t share a language or culture with most of the people.

 

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Wonderland: Can Art be a Business?
August 19, 2013

Wonderland: Can Art be a Business?

wonderlandWonderland is a mini-doc that takes a look at the fine line between artistic and commercial work through interviews with leading creative professionals. The mini-doc focuses on creativity, relationships, the pursuit of financial profit, and the many directions you can intentionally or unintentionally find yourself taking. It’s quite interesting to see how each professional tries to balance their schedule between creative work and commercial work. There were three main strategies that each artist seemed to favor…

 

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2 Opportunities to have your mini-doc funded!
August 10, 2013

2 Opportunities to have your mini-doc funded!

Doc-opThe New York Times and Points North are opening a forum for documentary filmmakers! They’re interested in mini-docs and they want to hear your pitches. Each contest has different rules and different prizes, but both sound like they’re well worth a try. We love it when big sponsors help tell meaningful stories, so do you have a great idea for a mini-doc you’d like to make? Let us know and maybe the ViewFinder could help crew your next venture.

 

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