Photo by @taylorfreesolo // And then, half way up the mountain, right when the skies briefly opened with hail and we climbed into the cavernous chimney to take rest and refuge, out of the blue came @austin_siadak. Freesoloing up to say hello. My father chuckled nervously but appreciative, happy to be back adventuring with these young guns and their shenanigans. @renan_ozturk and Austin scouted the rest of the complicated chimney maze to the top, and we all summited together. Now to get down... ; ) w/ @jackrees20@email@example.com
by C4 friend @j.j.kelley // The Vikings are still alive in Iceland. @arnarrhr works as trail guide on the country's extensive hiking circuit. I've been blow away by the generosity and kindness of the people here. In their soft monotone voices they explain the great appreciation they have for their wild spaces. It shows too, Iceland is a world leader in pollution control, natural resource management, environmental public health, greenhouse gas emissions, and reforestation. #iceland#wild#wildspaces
Photo by C4 friend @j.j.kelley // Hiking Iceland's Laugavegur Trail, we found a restaurant! It was a tiny cabin that served sweet potato mash, pork and cold beer. We couldn't pass it up. The dinner stop did mean we had to hike at night to make our camp, but the midnight sun made it no problem. This photo was taken 20-minutes before reaching camp at 10:30 pm. #iceland#laugavegur#midnightsun
Staying out late to get the shot is always worth it. // great #camp4pix submission by @maxrhulen
by C4 friend @j.j.kelley // Visiting from Kuwait, @dalyology & @altafelsaleh heard from friends back home that they should see Iceland's @bluelagoonis. Before deciding to fly north, they never imagined a day when they could go swimming with air temperatures of just 50 degrees. "We never thought was possible!" said @dalyology "The view of the hot springs, multicolored rocks & vibrant skies alone would be worthwhile, to say we were swimming in the hot waters as well is just music to our ears!" It was our great pleasure to meet this family. I love this photo and it wouldn't be possible without @kofox who asked permission. #BlueLagoonIceland#iceland#kuwait
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Our final post in this month’s introduction to our team is dedicated to all of the extraordinary freelancers and companies we continually work with that make what we do possible. If it weren’t for outstanding Producers, DP’s, DIT’s, Camera OP’s, Gaffers, Drone Pilots, Grips, Sound Designers, Editors, Music Composers, Friends and Family…we wouldn’t be Camp4 Collective. It is the collection of these specialties, talents, work ethic and personalities that have shaped who we are over the past five years and we owe everything to them. So thank you. Thank you for your support, your patience, your humor and your stoke. #WeAreCamp4
Mikkel Richardson is the newest member to Camp4’s team. He is our on-call gear tech who gets to have the messy task of cleaning the desert sand off of our gear upon return, or dealing with exploded batteries, and testing an array of lenses prior to a shoot. He loves handling camera equipment, but not sure if he was aware just how rough we are with ours! After many years of beating our gear to death, we thought it would be a good idea to have someone give it some love—and that’s where Mikkel comes in. We’re so happy the tools to our craft are getting some much needed attention. //
> Mikkel was born in Salt Lake City, UT. > He believe everyone should do two things on a regular basis: First, watch the sunrise and stargaze. Not passively, but with intent. And second, take a moment to REALLY observe, without distraction. Even better if you can do it from a summit. > The film title that best describes his life would Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder.” > The luckiest thing that ever happened to him was discovering his interest for film at such a young age. Film is his one true love. #WeAreCamp4 :Grady Herndon
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Meet Camp4’s Assistant Editor, Patrick McDanial. He started as our intern last year, and we were so impressed by his work ethic, story-telling and editing capabilities we’ve decided to add him to our tribe. As an assistant editor, he helps with anything having to do with our footage—whether that be pulling footage, moving footage around on our servers, organizing footage from shoots etc. Not to mention he is one of our go-to freelance editors. He’s quite, but assertive. He’s talented as hell and is the king of patience—specifically with me, as I had a horrible habit of calling him by the wrong name for almost a year! But don’t worry, I’ve finally got it down.
Here is some more info on Patrick...
>He was born in Middlebury Vermont and stayed there until he was 21. > When he landed the internship at Camp4, he converted his Honda Element so he could live out of it, and hit the road for his first cross-country road trip. A week before his internship was supposed to start, he got into an accident and totaled his car... > His advice for Camp4 interns is to just be a sponge; there's a ton of talented people coming in and out of the front door everyday and there's plenty of bits of wisdom to try and absorb. Also, don't take it personally if they call you by the previous interns name... > If time and money were of no concern, he'd probably get really into fly fishing. > And his biggest claim to fame? This. #WeAreCamp4
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Hi! I'm Kristin Lane, Studio Manager and Post Supervisor at Camp4 Collective—and also happen to be the voice behind this month’s social posts. And now I have to talk about myself…maybe I didn’t think this through….I was interested in working at Camp4 because of the people. The thought of working everyday with like-minded people who shared a love for the outdoors like I do was very appealing. Camp4 happened to be in need of a cat-herder, ass-whooper, list-maker, task-completer and I fit the bill just right. I’m known for having a very clean cut switch for work and play. When the work switch is on, its game time. But when the work switch is off, it’s off. My motto is, "work to live, not live to work". I live for being in the mountains. Splitboarding in the Wasatch range is my favorite thing to do; and is a close tie to climbing granite alpine splitters. If it’s a 12-pitch moderate climb in the backcountry…I’ve either done it, or it’s on my list to do. My boyfriend and I built out a 2003 Ford E250 van, her name is Bess, and find every opportunity to sleep in it. Life is good if you’re sleeping in the van! // I didn't include any funky questions…because that would be weird to ask myself….right? #WeAreCamp4 : @kh.chris
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Meet Camp4’s third Director, Anson Fogel. Don’t let his stature fool you—he’s as feisty as they come and has a voice so deep it’s granted him voiceovers on more than a few films. Anson is known for directing big and beautiful commercial spots, as well as poetic odes to extreme sports and people. He’ll never miss an opportunity to tell you he grew up on a farm in Colorado. On the surface he’s a hard ass, he’s frank, and maybe even a little obnoxious. But he’s also deeply caring, sympathetic, curious and self aware. He can drive a tight ship, but will be the first one to tell you ‘good job’. In addition to directing films, Anson also got his pilot license this past year—so now he can fly anywhere he pleases! // Here are a few more things about Anson you may not know: > His life motto is “Work hard, play harder, love hardest." > His favorite thing about Camp4 is the camaraderie, the diversity of our work, individually, and the amazing meal that it makes when you bake it all together. > One of his current goals right now is creating a scripted feature film. #WeAreCamp4
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Rudy Lehfeldt-Ehlinger (say that 5x fast) has graced the Camp4 social pages before; often referred to as our “gear guru” or “tech ninja”—and for good reason. Rudy is Camp 4’s computer tech, gear tech, asset manager, go-to DIT and overall brain behind anything gear/tech related. He’s been an employee with us longer than anyone else in the history of Camp4! We don’t know how he’s done it, but we’re sure beer and whiskey have helped. He’s also recently got his pilot license and gets to now go fly planes for fun! When I first started at Camp4, Rudy’s yelling and foul language was shocking, to say the least, but once I got used to every reply using some form of the “F” word, I came to find out that he’s a pretty great guy and likely one of the most loyal people I may ever know. So while a bit salty, Rudy’s definitely at the heart of Camp4 Collective. //
I tried to ask him a few more questions about himself, and I think his replies will give you a good idea of his personality… >Where were you born? Earth. >Why did you want to learn to fly? Because being on the ground sucks. >What’s your life motto? F*ck it. : @renan_ozturk#WeAreCamp4
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Tim Kemple. Best known for his stunning photography, Tim is one of the founders and Directors at Camp4 Collective. His dedication and pure talent has led us to the phrase, “Eye of the Kempy”. Aside from photography, Tim is an awesome run and gun film director who has taken our 360 VR projects to new heights. If he’s not traveling the world, climbing, or blasting music in the studio, you can bet he’s at home being a new dad. Tim makes being at the studio fun, and his little girl helps too! //
Here are some other things you may not know about Tim:
> His greatest lesson so far in becoming a dad is that you can’t control everything. You need to let go, put some faith in the universe because the moment you have a kid, the days of controlling everything are gone. And that’s a pretty refreshing feeling. > In another life he would be a professional baseball player. > His hidden talent is that he can climb 5.14. And you will lose if you play a card game against him. > What song has he completely memorized? You tell us:
"Come a little bit closer
Hear what I have to say
Just like children sleeping
We could dream this night away
But there's a full moon risin'
Let's go dancin' in the light
We know where the music's playin'
Let's go out and feel the night…."
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Meet Stevie Meier. As the Senior Producer at Camp4 Collective, she is the Queen B with all things production. From working at large advertising agencies to small creative firms, she brings a hell of a lot of knowledge to our team. Stevie’s quick wit keeps all of us on our toes. Like many producers, she’s known to work around the clock. And while we encourage all employees to get out behind their computers and go on adventures, we’re so thankful she works so hard for us!
> She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but raised in Golden, Colorado. (Yes—she loves Coors).
> The access to the outdoors has kept her in Utah. For both work and play she is so close to so many things being based out of Park City. For her, it’s all about the access. The people are nice too. > Her biggest production challenge is timing. Aligning the stars so all the right people, resources and places become available at the same time. > Her favorite thing about working at Camp4 is the random researching and learning about things/people/places for shoots. Latest Google search was: Whats the distance on an average flame thrower? > What amazing thing has she done that no one was around to see? She ate a whole jar of pickles for dinner. She claims it's not that amazing, and actually, she’s glad no one was around to see it. #WeAreCamp4
Ever wonder who makes up the "collective" at Camp4 Collective? While some of us are well known, others are busy keeping the wheels turning and cameras working. So we're dedicating the month of July to properly introduce you to the rad people that make up Camp4. //
Meet Renan Ozturk. As one of the founders and directors of Camp4 Collective, he is possibly the most well-known member of Camp4, and for good reason. He's made a name for himself in the mountain community with impressive first ascents throughout the Himalayas and Alaska; is a very talented painter and artist; and has been mastering his skills in storytelling through film for the last decade.
And while we all know Renan is a badass in the mountains and behind the camera, I wanted to know some more off-beat stuff--so here are some facts about him you may not know:
> He was born in Reutlingen Germany
> In another life he would be an Alpine ecologist studying ravens
> His hidden talent is ping pong
> His favorite drink is water from glacial melt pools #WeAreCamp4 : @timkemple
Did you catch our behind the scenes of filming The Last Honey Hunter? Check out how we found the story and got the shot by clicking the link in our profile! #bts#sketchyknots
It's finally here folks! The @natgeo magazine release of our story, The Last Honey Hunter. C4 director Renan Ozturk shot stills and 360 video on this project// get the full story and taste of the adventure by clicking the link in our profile.
We're suckers for a good timelapse. Once you get a solid battery and automated slider rig, all you need is patience and a pillow. In this case we forgot the pillow--but rock naps are just part of the biz. //
Behind the scenes of a timelapse taken in Mexico. And that's a wrap for our behind the scenes week! #bts#camp4trix
We're not afraid to test the limits of our equipment to get the perfect shot. And in this case, that perfect shot was dangling an OZO Camera out the bottom of the bush plane while we flew into our camp on the glacier. Thanks to our handy gear tech, Rudy, we were able engineer this reverse tripod system that held the camera just far enough out the plane to get an amazing 360 view of landscape below. //
Behind the scenes on a shoot for Yeti. #bts#camp4trix
Filming rock climbers always involves some rope work that is typically uncomfortable; but when you're filming someone soloing it requires the filmmaker to be precise, conscious of their movement and gear at all times, patience and trust. //
A look behind the scenes from our film El Sendero Luminoso with the one and only Alex Honnold. #camp4trix#bts
Creating light on the set of our New Holland commercial was no small event. Gathering specialists to achieve this level of production quality really paid off. #camp4trix#bts
By rigging complex rope systems across these river gorges in the jungles of Mexico, we were able to dangle out in space to get the shot of our kayakers dropping over the lip of some of the biggest waterfalls. Hanging out for hours in space dealing with the insects, the heat and the moisture on our gear we were able to get the one of a kind shots your see in Cascada. //
This week we'll be sharing behind the scene images from some of our most notorious shoots. Stay tuned for the action! #bts#camp4trix
C4 director Renan Ozturk doing what he does best: running across ridge lines with a camera in hand at high altitude.
C4 director @renan_ozturk // Packing for the Ruth Gorge again. The familiar rapid accruing of chaos - climbing gear, food, clothing and cameras getting duffle shuffled around. Then, when you finally hit the glacier, the reverse happens. Stripping down to the absolute minimum needed to survive when you pack the final backpack for the climb itself. ~
Pictured here - Zack Smith on the Tooth Traverse a while back. Zack is an incredible tactician for this type of climbing, always weighing out gear gram by gram with a micro scale in basecamp. It can really make the difference on such ascents with no porters and you're a small team carrying your own weight through the vertical world. ~
Zack was carrying my backpack on this climb and he discovered a microphone that I had hidden, unweighed, in the top of my pack. I was out on lead just far enough away but a long smug look was exchanged before we kept climbing to this memorial bivy spot. ~
**full link in profile** C4 collaborator @renan_ozturk - The official trailer for MOUNTAIN just dropped! Very proud of @jenpeedom and Richard Tognetti the director of the @austchamberorchestra for spearheading this collab between so many artists to bring this to life! ~
As part of the process over the last few years @taylorfreesolo and I spent a few weeks with them in Niseko Japan working on the edit in within the deep snow and peaceful landscape. I already knew Jen had a fierce adventure mountain spirit from my time with her on the SHERPA film and it as exciting to discover the same in Richard. I don't think I've seen anybody as psyched for a power day, running through the snowstorms with this 10 million dollar 1743 "Carrodus" violin in a hard case, bouncing between the slopes, the edit and local performances. The spirit of the mountains runs deep within his music and is a huge factor in what makes this project a unique musical and cinematic journey.
C4 director @ansonfogel photo // Actor Paul McLean in between takes on set of my first narrative short film years back.