School of Adventure – Alpkit Big Shakeout

Last year I was lucky enough to be part of The Big Shakeout at Thornbridge Outdoor Centre in the Peak district. I was there to document the event for the team at Alpkit, and to enjoy the film, music, outdoor activities and friendly banter on offer. I even ended up in a late night rock jumping competition with Johnny Dawes! I went with my 6 year old, Leo and my partner Hel, and we all had an amazing weekend, with activities tailored for everyone. The events and activities for kids were especially good. The highlight for me was standing round a roaring fire with a bottle of fine ale listening to this man, Rick Warren singing the blues – 

There is no way we would miss The Big Shakeout this year and I’m very happy to say I will be running one half of an Adventure film and photography school with Alex Ekins, a talented and well respected climbing photographer.

The course will be tailored for keen amateurs who hope to take their skills up a notch or two. Together we will capture the many activities that will be ongoing thoughout the weekend. As well as many ‘on the go’ topics that come up, we will look at:

~ What kit?

~ Using and protecting your kit in harsh environments.

~ Basic capture settings and frame speed.

~ Composition.

~ Dynamic shooting – movement and style.

~ Engaging your viewers! Subjects and stories.

~ Behind the edit. What the viewers don’t see!

Participants will be expected to bring their own equipment along, preferably a DSLR or high end compact and lightweight tripod. As we all know though, it isn’t the technology, its the person using it. So if you don’t have a spangly camera, just bring something that records video and plenty of creativity and adaptability.

Here is an example of my work – 

My Own Hands from Land and Sky Media on Vimeo.

You can see a list of available courses at this years Big Shakeout here –

And here is the video I made  from 2011, hope to see you there this year!

The Alpkit Big Shakeout 2011 from Land and Sky Media on Vimeo.

Brown Slabs with Leo Houlding

Throughout the past 6 months we have been lucky enough to work with Leo Houlding, filming him on well known routes around the Lake District. Leo is a world class climber and the face of Cumbria Tourism’s Adventure Capital bid.

We were given the opportunity to produce these short films by our photography tutor Martin Campbell. After a few teething problems we have completed three of the four proposed films and have learned a great deal in the process.

The first film, which was shot on Brown Slabs in Borrowdale, can be seen by following the link below. Shot by myself, Sim Davis, Pete Clark, Bekki Tatham and Ali Keech. Edited by Martin Campbell.

Follow this link!

Little Chamonix

What a fun and challenging project. This was our first brief as film students having spent the previous year concentrating solely on still photography, and it was great to get started with moving image.

Our brief as a team was to produce a ‘3 minute wonder’ which focused on an adventurous activity of our choice. Easy, you may think…………… not exactly. This really was a learning curve and a true eye opener on many levels. Creative conflicts, marathon editing sessions and a super tight deadline later we had produced our first short film. Having made little progress with our first idea and finding ourselves running out of time we opted for a concept that had been floating around my head for a while. The initial edit can be seen below.