WFF Adventure Filmmaking Workshop

Saturday, May 18

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Location: Maury Young Arts Centre, 4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC

A new edition to WFF’s Adventure Film Series is the Adventure Filmmaking Workshop on Saturday May 18 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, which will offer youth participants key intel and insights from two of BC’s leading adventure filmmakers, Grant Baldwin and Brian Hockenstein, on what it takes to create a great mountain film from conception to execution.

Vancouver based Grant Baldwin is a Leo award-winning director, cinematographer, editor and music composer and the director of the award winning documentary THIS MOUNTAIN LIFE, a riveting portrait of human passion set high in the snowy peaks of Canada. Baldwin has a varied background working with documentaries, sports films and narratives. His work can be seen and heard on Knowledge Network, F/X, TNT, CBC, National Film Board and ESPN. His first documentary THE CLEAN BIN PROJECT won 10 festival awards and has screened around the world, and his film JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY premiered at Hot Docs, garnered him the award for emerging Canadian filmmaker of the year, and went on to hit #2 on the US iTunes documentary charts. Most recently, he has been filming with BBC’s Planet Earth team.

Brian Hockenstein has lived in the Whistler area for two decades and worked as a freelance cinematographer and filmmaker. Hockenstein is known for capturing visually stunning images that tell deep and meaningful stories. His specialty is working in backcountry environments and capturing world-class athletes performing at peak performance. Whether by snowmobile, hoofin it by foot or hanging out of a helicopter, he is known for creating world-class images no matter the situation. Hockenstein is the Producer and the Director along with Tamo Campos of THE RADICALS, which follows a group of snowboarders and surfers who drift from their respective sports to the work of activism and premiered at WFF18.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Anatomy of success: What makes a successful adventure film
  • Production development and planning before the camera rolls
  • Budgeting and funding options; distribution
  • Equipment and production scheduling
  • The art of storytelling and narration
  • Storytelling resources
  • Making the perfect pitch
  • Technology, sound on location, and appreciating the mix
  • Interviewing and edit workflow
  • Secrets for staying organized for small and large projects
  • Legal – releases, talent, music, post production
  • Marketing and Social Media
  • Film viewings and discussion: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Workshop Fee: $40/pp + 5% GST