For the December issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine I wrote an essay reflecting on cameras and how they affect our experiences in the outdoors. Check out the complete text here (http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/outdoor-gear-reviews/experts-analysis/the-lens-effect/), and please chime in with your thoughts and responses on this topic.
A short film composed from two weeks I spent walking through Great Smoky Mountains National Park this past October. This is a preamble to a much larger project that I will be taking on in 2013: the Appalachian Trail.
Here’s a new edit from two days spent on the river this fall. The river experiences were in high contrast: a traffic jam on a steep creek brown with dam released flow versus a clear fall day on a mountain river that ran brown from tannins leeched out of the autumn forest. Both days were excellent fun and very interesting for different reasons. I hope you enjoy the edit and stay tuned through the end to see an unusual wildlife encounter. Thanks for watching!
The Brewer is the new river shoe offered by Astral Buoyancy (a company renowned for its innovation in PFD’s and river rescue equipment). This shoe is awesome: lightweight, sturdy, and oh-so sticky on wet rocks. Horizonline Pictures collaborated with Astral athlete Chris Gragtmans to describe his experiences testing the Brewer ahead of the shoe’s official release.
I’m very happy to have my work featured in a winning spread within the pages of the June 2012 issue of Canoe&Kayak magazine. The picture came from a winter misadventure/hike with Pat Keller, Stephen McGrady, and Baker Davenport. Canoe&Kayak.com will be hosting a video slideshow of the day’s experience soon; so stay tuned!
In April we were approached by Suzanne Hackett of Pollinate Collaborations to build a short marketing video for her client Connect Buncombe. Connect Buncombe is the county agency responsible for promoting and implementing greenways that will connect townships across the county. This is a cause that we wholeheartedly support; so it was a real pleasure to come on board and help tell their story.
The project presented Horizonline Pictures an opportunity to break out of documentary-film-making-mode and take a more scripted approach. We worked with Suzanne to develop a script and shot list that communicated the most important pieces of information about Connect Buncombe in a winning way. Then we filmed over the course of three packed days and edited the project in the following week. Special thanks goes out to Lullatone and Dehlia Low whose excellent music made piecing the edit together a breeze.
Enjoy this short film, and drop us a line if you’ve got a story you want our help in telling.
Stills from the project:
Here is some breaking news: it has been unseasonably warm for some time now. This makes me afraid for what will happen temp-wise in the months ahead, but for now I’m revisiting photo memories from the long stretch of cool weather, when Fall magically turned into Spring . . . and it snowed once. There was a solo hike to the upper reaches of Big Creek, a first visit to the amazing Cataloochee Vally in GSMNP (replete with elk, black bears, coyotes howling, & more turkeys than you could shake a drumstick at), a windy evening atop Max Patch with friends and a lightning show, and more adventures. I’m really enjoying shooting photos with my Nikon film body these days (F100, I think this was a roll of Ektar film). It’s expensive, but I feel that there’s a warmth and quality to the images that I can’t replicate with digital. Please enjoy these images, and let me know what you think:
Our first canoe trip: Section IV of the French Broad:
This guy showed more curiosity in me than I was comfortable with. He walked out of the woods and directly at me without any sign of stopping. I picked up my tripod and backed away, envisioning the dive and roll maneuver I would make if he charged.
Max patch as the sun does down:
We went for a walk at Biltmore with our good friends the Ruch’s. Fiona brought her off-road stroller.
Keaton got tired of walking.
The end. Thanks for visiting.
For several years now I’ve been working on a series of video profiles featuring artists from Asheville’s River Arts District. This work has been a departure from the marketing-oriented camp videography I do during the summer. It’s given me an opportunity to try new things stylistically, and through the work I’ve developed many valuable friendships in the local creative community. This video is one example of my recent work in The River Artists series, a look at the work of artist Sean Pace. I hope you enjoy the video, and if you do, go over to theriverartists.com to see more episodes in the series.
Here’s a short list of things that I really enjoy: adventure, films about adventure, craft beer, and kayaking. On February 16th (Thursday) we’re going to have an opportunity to throw all of those things together for a night at the Southern Appalachian Brewery (S.A.B.) in Hendersonville. And we’re going to give away a kayak to boot!
Now that all you boaters have perked up, let me fill in the details of the event and we’ll get to the boat giveaway a little further down the page.
This evening will feature four short films from a variety of outdoor experiences (surf kayaking, longboarding, backpacking, and river running). We’ll be showing a re-cap of the World Championships of Surf Kayaking (held at the Outerbanks last fall), a Longboard Asheville short, “The Grand Canyon in Winter” (a segment from Coming Home), and the evening will conclude with “The Smokies: Punished into Ecstasy,” a story about backpacking the A.T. through the Smokies in winter. Most of these films were produced in Western North Carolina with the support of Outdoor Sports Marketing, a great local business that has its offices a few doors down from the Southern App. Brewery. O.S.M. represents leading gear manufacturers in the outdoor industry, from Chaco to Osprey to Cascade Designs.
There will be a $6 cover at the door with door prizes provided by S.A.B. and Diamond Brand Outdoors. All proceeds from the evening will go to benefit Our Voice and RiverLink, two organizations doing important work in WNC. So you can know that you’re money is going to a good cause. The films will start around 7:30, and the bar has limited seating; so get there early to secure your spot.
Now for the kayak giveaway. As most local river people know, Liquidlogic Kayaks and their parent company Legacy Paddlesports recently moved their base of operations back into Henderson County, home of the beautiful Green River. This is great news for the local economy, great news for local paddlers, and great news for the Southern Appalachian Brewery where the Legacy folks often go to unwind after a long day of building kayaks. On one visit to the S.A.B. tasting room the Legacy crew learned that Rapid Transit is partnering with the brewery to host this event to benefit RiverLink and Our Voice. Knowing the quality of these two organizations, the Legacy folks offered to support the effort by raffling off a kayak from their lineup. So, in the days leading up to the Adventure Film Night at S.A.B. we will be selling raffle tickets ($10 each) to win a kayak from the Legacy Lineup (this includes any boat from the Liquidlogic and Native Watercraft lines EXCEPT the Mariner and Ultimate Multisport models). That means you could win a new Stomper if you’re a whitewater junky, a Manta Ray if you’re a kayak angler, or a Versa Board if you’re into the recreational side of things. This is a fantastic opportunity and a great way to support local non-profits. Tickets will be available for pre-sale after February 3rd at the Southern Appalachian Brewery tasting room in Hendersonville (note their hours of operation below), the RiverLink offices in Asheville, Diamond Brand Outdoors in Arden, and Our Voice offices in Asheville. Entrants need not be present at the film night to win.
We hope you’ll get your name in the running for a new boat and also support our local community. And we hope you’ll come out to join us for a night of films on Thursday the 16th at Southern Appalachian Brewery in Hendersonville. This is one of the few occasions when drinking beer and extreme sports go well together.
Here’s a trailer for the Smokies story. Enjoy:
This December my good friend Spencer Cooke and I released a DVD of kayak stories entitled Coming Home. The project incorporates four short films that Spencer and I produced over the years under the badge of Rapid Transit. We had a blast premiering three of the films to a local audience of friends and boaters at the Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company on December 22nd. We ran a raffle at the event to raise money in support of Our Voice and RiverLink, two organizations doing important work in and around Asheville. Check out the premiere ad below as well as the official trailer for Coming Home, and if you’ve got extra cents left after the holiday glut, maybe purchase yourself a copy of the DVD and enjoy some adventures in kayaking. Thanks, and happy New Year!
bloopers reel & premiere announcement:
Coming Home trailer: