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.
C4 director @renan_ozturk collaboration // Our multi-year feature documentary collab 'MOUNTAIN' is ready to share, having its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House on June 12th! ~
This film explores the very nature of human attraction to the mountains. I don't know if I can compare this to anything I've ever been a part of - it's a cinematic and musical collaboration to be performed with a live score by the acclaimed @austchamberorchestra, whose fearless leader Richard Tognetti put together the music including Chopin, Grieg, Vivaldi, Beethoven and his own original compositions. ~
To top it off, after doing many rounds of narration myself I was also greatly relieved when @willem.dafoe 's voice became the final puzzle piece to hugely elevate the film! ~
I'm not sure when it will be fully available for public consumption, but I'll keep y'all posted! "Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. The idea scarcely existed that wild landscapes might hold any sort of attraction. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty. An upper world to be shunned, not sought out. How then have mountains now come to hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives?" - celebrated British writer, Robert Macfarlane
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C4 family @timkemple@kbish801 masterpiece // The best adventures are the wild ones. They're a bit out of your control and unpredictable enough to scare you a little shitless. I can't wait to start the journey with this tiny ripper in disguise. I already see that I have so much to learn and only so little to teach.
Her name is Emerson Iris, her mom is superwoman, and I have a diaper to change... lens wipes should work yeah?!
C4 director @renan_ozturk photo // Excited to share "The Yellow Brick Road", The story of the path of conflict gold in Congo, which airs today, Monday, May 29 10/9C! on @natgeochannel!
In this moment, this soft smile of a Congolese 'rebel' might have been the turning point where I tossed my stereotypes and cultural assumptions over my shoulder. ~
@taylorfreesolo and I almost bailed on our recent trip to the Congo to look at the path of conflict gold. First up on the shoot itinerary was 'meet warlord of rebel-held gold mine' via a 220km 4x4 landcruiser debacle through the jungle, passing competing rebel territories on the way. Yes it was seriously sketchy... we had to keep emergency grab bags within arms reach at all times that contained a trauma-wound kit and simple survival needs in case we got ambushed and had to run on foot into the jungle away from gunfire. ~
But upon arrival, the situation of the MAC 'rebel' group (Movement for Action and Change) looked a lot like the peaceful villages I've seen in the jungles of Nepal. We met and interviewed the warlord, hoping for lines from him about defending his territory and why they arm themselves, but he was super soft spoken and just wanted to show us the school and agriculture projects underway. Before this trip I personally had no idea that 6 million people have died in Congo in recent times - the struggle to survive here is complicated and the guns are the safeguard they seem to need for protection but also for personal gains. The AK47s were spread equally between women and men. I think they tripled the guard for our arrival but all with friendly smiles.
At dZi, we're honored to work alongside over 29,000 people just like Mauli Dhan Rai - the last honey hunter. Follow us, send a DM, or visit our website www.dzi.org to learn more about our work and to get involved in helping the most important communities in Nepal thrive!
Thank you to the fabulous @camp4collective for helping us tell the world about our work and our connection with #thelasthoneyhunter story. Thank you to the entire film team for making this magic happen.
Schools, drinking water, culture, agriculture are all important to changing lives and helping remote communities in Nepal thrive despite the massive challenges they face. But ultimately, the only way the world will change is one person at a time.
We're blessed at @dzifoundation to have 25 of the most dedicated and talented staff in Nepal. Many of our project staff hail from our partner communities, and are incredible agents for change and pillars of local society.
And none of our work would be possible without support from a global network of friends and supporters- including yourselves. Thanks for tuning in on our takeover, and a special shout out to @renan_ozturk, @timkemple@ansonfogel and all of our friends at @Camp4collective for their lifelong support for Nepal and our work!
Photo of our M&E Assistant Bhalakaji Rai crossing a bamboo bridge as he heads to #thelasthoneyhunter village of Saadi to meet local farmer groups.
@dzifoundation's approach to inspiring change in some of Nepal's most remote communities involves first and foremost playing a listening and supporting role. While many non-profits take a fixed agenda or a short term approach, we at dZi believe that true long term partnerships are where the magic happens.
We never would have guessed that banning plastic litter would have been a priority for communities that face so many challenges on a daily basis - but it was. Now two of our partner villages are 100% organic, they recycle urine, and no littering allowed!
Photo from the recent Open Plastic Free(OPF) declaration program in Chheskam where local women groups display the many recycled materials they made out of plastic waste.
Here is a glimpse of @dzifoundation's annual agriculture program evaluation meeting in the remote village of Rakha, Nepal.
In order to understand how (or if) our work is actually changing lives, we take evaluation and feedback very seriously. This gives us so much insight to improve our program design and implementation, or to adopt new ideas and methods.
We often use techniques like secret voting where community members can vote on topics such as satisfaction with our projects, financial transparency, how much help the projects or training have been and so on. We count the votes on the spot and then have open discussions regarding why such result was obtained and what can be done to improve the rating.
What first drew us into #thelasthoneyhunter project was the wild and ancient culture of the Kulung people, and their deep connection to the natural world. While many of us in the Western world struggle to find a meaningful connection with our land and our ancestors, for the Kulung this is woven into everyday life like the sacred cloth they carefully weave from stinging nettle fibers.
But this, like so much in our lives, is changing quickly. The next generation of Kulung have their sights set on bigger, more spacious, and arguably easier lives. Typing this out with ease on a smartphone, it's not that dificult to comprehend why.
The elders understand the importance of their knowledge, and the knowledge of the ancestors. At dZi, we feel our job is to listen and encourage this wisdom, and to let the locals take the lead. In the long run, this may prove to be our most important work.
Photo by @Renan_Ozturk.
Taraman is a young student from neighboring Sotang who bought his first smartphone this year from the money he earned working as porter in the Everst area for two consecutive years. His father is a locally well renowned shaman.
Subsistence farmers invented farm-to-table. Except most people here in Nepal prefer to sit on the floor instead of table.
We at @dzifoundation are helping over 2000 Nepali farmers start growing new cash crops like kiwis, cardamom and hot Akbare peppers and teaching them new organic techniques to keep production up without undermining the rich soils that they have cultivated for generations.
In the photo, local shaman from Saadi who is also featured in #thelasthoneyhunter, Purna Kulung shows us his Akbare pepper harvest. Purna is one of the 2000 farmers in our agriculture program.
Many of us come back from visiting places like Nepal with a profound realization of how much we actually take for granted in our lives.
Things like traffic rules, or reliable electricity, or even just running water. Deep in Nepal's remote valleys, many villagers are forced to choose between living near their terraced farmland or sources of clean water. Earthquakes and landslides often change the water table and springs dry up or disappear altogether. For so many families in Nepal, just fetching a few gallons of water can take hours - and there is still no guarantee that this is safe to drink.
That's why we at the @dzifoundation have partnered with local community members to construct 44 new gravity-fed clean drinking water systems - bringing fresh water closer to home for over 10,000 people.
Day 4, @dzifoundation takeover continues. Thank you all for following along.
Everyone loves football. Or soccer. Or just running arond madly during recess. However you want to put it, we're proud to have helped over 5,000 children study in safer, more fun school facilities that are more conducive to learning!
Photo of kids playing football during break in Chandra Primary School which we reconstructed in 2016 after it was damaged by the twin earthquakes of 2015.
Nepal's mountain porters are, according to some studies, the strongest humans on Earth. The proliferation of opportunities to find work abroad, combined with the steady creep of rough roads into the country's most remote valleys has hastened the decline of this incredibly tough industry.
Building earthquake-safe schools in villages still located days away from the nearest roads is an incredible feat of logistics and engineering, and these incredible men are the only way we can move the tons of materials to our project sites. @dzifoundation has constructed 27 earthquake-safe schools to date, allowing over 5,000 children to study in light, strong, and child-friendly classrooms every day.
Next year, we're aiming to build 11 more schools - all of which were damaged in the earthquakes of 2015. We still need your support. Shoot us a message or visit dZi.org to see how you can get involved!
The geography of Eastern Nepal is as steep and rugged as any inhabited place on Earth. We partner with nine communities that are home to more than 30,000 people in dozens of tiny settlements. Nearly every inch of arable land is terraced.
In this tiny area (only 20 miles across as the crow flies) there is an incredible diversity of culture and tradition. Much of #theLastHoneyHunter dialogue is spoken in the obscure Kulung language – one of the 7 distinct languages spoken in our working area. Two of these 7 languages are not spoken anywhere else on the planet. Buddhist, Hindu, and animist Kirat (which the Kulung honey hunters belong to) religious traditions have intermingled and thrived together for centuries. This is what makes Nepal so special, and why it has captivated us. Learn more at dZi.org/communities!
The village of Saadi, where #thelasthoneyhunter is set, is one of dozens of small subsistence farming communities that we partner with. Just reaching these remote corners of Nepal requires committing to days on rough and dangerous roads, then days more crawling in and out of the steep river drainages on foot.
That’s also the journey that any products grown or made in such places have to make to reach the bustling markets of Kathmandu. Very few options exist for earning hard cash for the men and women here, and many take to working as porters shuttling heavy loads in the Everest region.
But as impossibly difficult as life can be here, it also has a deep beauty and importance. These communities are essentially carbon neutral. The agricultural fields have never in history seen any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. People work together and form tight, extended social bonds because they have to.
Our partnership approach to development seeks to preserve and strengthen these skills and attributes, while bringing in needed income and infrastructure support on the communities’ own terms.
Hastaram Kulung was born under extremely difficult circumstances just over eight years ago. By coincidence our Nepal Country Director, Ben Ayers(@jetbutterflies) was there in the remote village of Saadi during his birth. Hastaram’s mother didn’t survive, and in the crucible of this tragedy a deep connection was forged between them.
Hastaram is, more or less, growing up as an orphan. While his father works odd jobs in distant villages, Hastaram is looked after by his older siblings and the rest of the families in the tight-knit village of Saadi. Despite his difficult beginnings, Hastaram is now a pint-sized ball of boy energy. He never worries about having a place to sleep or a meal to eat. There is always someone to pick him up and dust him off, wipe his perpetually runny nose. With terraces, boulders, trails and forests as his classroom, all nestled under the watchful and snow-white Himalayas, one comes to wonder which children are the truly privileged, which are actually the most free.
Mauli Dhan Rai had a dream nearly forty years ago. This dream allowed him alone access to
the sacred and dangerous honey cliffs in Nepal’s isolated Hongu river valley. @jetbutterflies (Ben Ayers - our Nepal Country Director) stumbled upon the story of Mauli Dhan and his dream while traveling through our partner community of Saadi nearly eight years ago. Over the
subsequent years of building drinking water systems, trails, schools, and planting new crops
together the story of The Last Honey Hunter slowly began to take shape.
At dZi, we believe in the importance of dreams. We understand how the best, most important
dreams, cross the hazy line between our resting minds and reality. That they have their own momentum. Mauli Dhan’s vision has traveled across continents and decades to end up in the
minds and art of @renan_ozturk, @ben_knight and @taylorfreesolo.
This is how the best stories are told, and this is how we approach changing lives of some of the
most deserving people on earth. Find out more at dzi.org/stories and stay tuned for more of our stories here in Camp4Collective feed. @irving_matthew
Photo by C4 director @renan_ozturk // "We can never convey thank you enough to our mothers and grandmothers, whether biological or not, who selflessly take us under their wing and help us fly. Lots of love to amazing moms all around the globe today!" ~
Video from our recent mom film 'Denali's Raven' -- link still in profile. ~
C4 Nomadic friend @krystlejwright // Fun fact for the day, the sperm whale can project one of the loudest sounds on earth which typically comes in handy to stun giant squid a couple thousand feet below. To swim with these magnificent animals in the water is beyond words to explain. For an animal so big in the water, we discovered them to be elusive and shy which is contrary to the famed tales of Moby Dick.
It's exciting to release this project with @canonaustralia 🏼 Link in my personal profile 🏼 // All images taken under a special permit granted by the Regiao Autonoma Dos Acores, Secretaria Regional Do Ambiente E Do Mar, Dreccao Regional do Ambiente
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We’re all buzzing with anticipation for the world premiere of #TheLastHoneyHunter at @mountainfilm on May 25th ! This is a deep passion project and a labor of love - it’s a film that
has changed the lives of everyone who has worked on it so far.
The film goes deep into the lives, minds, and hearts of an incredible group of men in Nepal’s
crazy-remote Hongu river valley. The story germinated almost a decade ago when @jetbutterflies stumbled across the honey hunters during his work with the @dzifoundation. In
due time, the stars aligned for @renan_ozturk and @ben_knight to find themselves dangling on a thread in bee suits, gripping extremely expensive cameras.
Stay tuned for a @dzifoundation takeover of this feed next week and learn about their amazing work helping Nepal’s most remote communities after the earthquake and beyond! @renan_ozturk.