July 28, 2020

Episode 17: Chris Smead on making hiking documentaries and the film Highline

In this episode: squiggle factor, gimbals, and “so you think you wanna make a hiking documentary.” We talk with Chris Smead of Outmersive Films about his latest film Highline, a story that follows five guys hiking the Uinta Highline Trail in Utah. This episode is for all of you aspiring outdoor filmmakers and camera gear lovers. 

Show Notes

  • 01:10 – A bit about the film Highline
  • 02:07 – How the five individuals in Highline got together
  • 03:32 – How did you learn about the Uinta Highline trail?
  • 16:05 – Did they have a resupply on their 10-day trek?
  • 17:40 – Average mileage on their trek (and the squiggle factor)
  • 24:10 – Photo gear Chris used on Highline
  • 27:43 – Protecting the gear (and staying “ultralight-ish”)
  • 31:50 – How Chris got into making outdoor films
  • 35:17 – Getting robbed by a film distributor
  • 42:15 – Managing work/relaxation balance on backpacking trips
  • 46:34 – Creating “drone-ish” shots without a drone

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