Filmmaking

G.O. 059 – Matt Podolsky

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G.O. 059 - Wild Lens on Conservation With Matt Podolsky

Matt Podolsky grew up immersed in the New England outdoors, but it was an IMAX documentary he saw at an early age that changed his view of humanity’s place in nature. His career as a wildlife biologist working with California Condors led him into the realm of documentary production aimed at conservation. He co-founded Wild Lens, a non-profit committed to telling the stories of those dedicated to conservation issues worldwide. He and Jason talked over Skype about the challenges of documentary filmmaking, problems wildlife face, our place in the ecosystem of Earth, and his experiences using condors to locate human remains.


LINKS:

wildlensinc.org
scavengerhuntfilm.com

Eyes on Conservation:
eyesonconservation.com
facebook.com/EyesOnConservation

Souls of the Vermilion Sea (vaquita project):
vaquitafilm.com
facebook.com/SoulsoftheVermilionSea

G.O. 057 – Steven Calcote

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G.O. 057 - Steven Calcote Stumbles Across the Globe

An artsy kid born in Kerrville, Texas and raised across the U.S. as a military brat, Steven Calcote always sought unique narratives and varied experiences. After moving to China for a work study program, he became enamored with seeing the world and finding the hidden places where untold stories lie. He one day realized that filmmaking was his ultimate calling eventually cofounding Butcher Bird Studios with Jason and three other artists. He and Jason sat in the park near their office one afternoon reliving Steven’s adventures and calamities worldwide, his early days in film production, and a tragic error in interactive storytelling during his senior year of high school.


LINKS:

butcherbirdstudios.com
facebook.com/butcherbirdstudios
vimeo.com/scalcote

G.O. 054 – Aaron Nardi

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G.O. 054 - Aaron Nardi, VHS to BMX

Aaron Nardi found himself shooting videos and riding BMX professionally at an early age. Eventually, he left behind his county fair performances and moved to Los Angeles where he began to dabble in marketing and photography ultimately discovering the power of controlled lighting. He now works primarily as a cinematographer and photographer with a large focus on fitness, sports, and music. He is also the co-creator of the series “Skaters in Cars” for ESPN. Aaron and Jason sat in Griffith Manor Park one morning discussing camera gear, bicycles, the evolution of video, and the confounding longevity of the VX1000.

LINKS:

aaronnardi.com
instagram.com/aaronnardi/

Skaters in Cars
BMX Movie Database
TYLT Untethered: My Passion

Props: propsbmx.com
Butcher Bird Presents – G.O. Episode

G.O. 048 – G.O. Gumbo

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G.O. 048 - G.O. Gumbo - End of Season 2

Season 2 of the podcast comes to a close, time for reflection on a year and a half of podcasting and two months of working from the road. We also listen to three humorous stories from Steven Calcote, Scott Swaney, and Dusty Hulet. Sit back for tales of a queasy movie shoot in Mexico, adventures in free-diving, and the Fabled Yellowstone Gorilla.

 

LINKS:

TYLT Untethered series (featuring Erika and Jason)

G.O. 022 – Tommy Day

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G.O. 022 - Dr. Tommy Day is Real In

Tommy Day is a physician, but he is also an adventurer. Traveling on two wheels or casting for fish bring him a joy he can’t find elsewhere. He is also a photographer. Capturing moments in still images or in moving video allow him to share stories that matter with others. He and Jason sat on Tommy’s roof deck at his home in Oregon after multiple days of shooting video in wet canyons to discuss his outdoor pursuits and the challenges of career changes.

LINKS:

tommydaycreative.com
Tommy’s Instagram
Tommy’s Vimeo

Skate Like A Girl video

Scuba Climbers Teaser

G.O. 021 – Kristina Frost

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G.O. 021 - Essential Explorer Kristina Frost

Kristina Frost grew up playing on the shores of Lake Erie. An offhand comment spurred her to try backpacking. This stoked an interest in her that has not abated. Kristina became an assistant director for the University of Michigan’s Outdoor Adventures Program where she led wilderness trips and taught clinics. Now on the West Coast, she organizes women-only adventures and has begun pursuing filmmaking. She and Jason met at her office in San Francisco to discuss her outdoor history, the formation of Essential Explorer, and the challenges of windless kite-skiing trips.

LINKS:

Trail Mavens
No Man’s Land Film Festival

Essential Explorer:
facebook.com/essentialexplorer
twitter.com/essentlexplorer
instagram.com/essentialexplorer

Let My People Go Surfing (book)

G.O. 020 – Jake Huddleston

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G.O. 020 - Jake Huddleston, Van Man

The cherubic Jake Huddleston grew up in the wonderland of the Pacific Northwest traipsing through its wilderness with his family and the Boy Scouts. Shortly after reaching adulthood he moved into a van and headed for Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking. There he would be introduced to the sport of canyoneering and began concocting ways to bring delicate camera gear through these rugged landscapes. Jake and Jason relaxed by the Kern River one morning following a long day of rappelling and bushwhacking to discuss canyoneering, van life, and outdoor filmmaking.

LINKS:

Jake’s Vimeo
Jake’s YouTube
instagram.com/jake_huddleston/

G.O. 009 – Alison Hudson

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G.O. 009 - Nomadic Pursuits With Alison Hudson

Alison Hudson is a NOLS instructor and filmmaker nomadically making her way around the world seeking new experiences. She spent multiple months in Nepal shooting a documentary, Close to the Edge: Life in the Khumbu, about Nepalese high-altitude workers. Her production was cut short by the tragic earthquake in April that killed 9,000 and triggered an avalanche on Everest. She and Jason met at a park in Wyoming to discuss these subjects and her experiences on the Appalachian Trail. They even take a moment to defend the usefulness of Facebook.

LINKS:

alison-hudson.squarespace.com

NOLS:
nols.edu

Mile, Mile and a Half:
themuirproject.com/mmah/film/

G.O. 006 – Dusty Hulet

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G.O. 006 - Dusty Hulet, Yellowstone Legend

Dusty Hulet may not have been born in a tent—perhaps to his father’s chagrin—but he did grow up never missing a Boy Scout camp-out. Being raised in an active outdoor family laid a foundation for adventure in him that continues to grow. He makes a living as an entrepreneur and filmmaker, occasionally crawling through bear dens, and pursues a variety of activities on the side. He can be found in the snow or in raging rivers, perhaps even on horseback. He was once responsible for the lives and good times of many vacationers seated on his Alaskan tour bus and is to blame for the temporary sitings of the elusive Yellowstone Gorilla. Jason found him momentarily in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City where they chatted about his life instead of allowing him to prepare for a trip to Haiti.

LINKS:

dustyhulet.com
instagram.com/dustyhulet

Spring Creek Ranch Horseback Riding (Dusty Stables Photography)

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