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Colorado Backcountry

Expedition Summary

The Colorado Backcountry is sublime in the heart of winter and the perfect place for making adventure films. However, this adventure really begins before we gear up for the snow and mountains. Students receive advice on crafting their stories well before the course as we prepare for the expedition. Once out in the field, Michael Brown and our team of instructors provide hands-on training in shooting, audio capture and storytelling all while we enjoy untracked terrain and the stunning scenery of White River National Forest. (Please refer to the "Itinerary" tab for a timeframe of events.) Michael also leads hugely informative discussions in gorgeous Janet's Cabin covering everything from the business of video production, pitching your ideas, and what it takes to make a career in the industry. Our backcountry guiding partner for the course is Will Elliot, a great friend who shares his vast wealth of knowledge in avalanche safety and the Colorado Rockies region.

Once our backcountry expedition has come to an end, we begin the exciting phase of post-production. Students edit their films under the guidance of experts in Final Cut Pro for the culminating student film festival. Past student films have covered numerous topics including (but certainly not limited to) in-depth character stories, self-reflective docs, landscape-centered pieces, and films that advocate environmental change. Many student films have even gone on to play at various international film festivals. We hope you'll join us to create your own film masterpiece in one of the most beautiful places on the planet!

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Student Testimonial:

"Forget being stuck in a classroom all day, learning on location is far superior...from start to finish I was never disappointed. The school has engineered a winning formula with amazing, exotic locations in addition to knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructors. I'm a more confident filmmaker thanks to Adventure Film School." --- Alex Williams

Day 1 (Sunday, January 8): Orientation & Kick-off Dinner
Arrive in Boulder, Colorado morning or mid-day (flight arrival to DIA no later than 3pm). Kick-off dinner at 7:30pm with all students, guides, instructors, & friends held at Sherpa's Restaurant. Starting at 5pm. Michael Brown and company will give short presentations on adventure filmmaking and backcountry safety respectively. Overnight in Boulder hotel.

Day 2 (Monday, January 9): Snow Camping
Early drive out of Boulder into the Colorado Rockies. Establish campsite. Overnight snow camping and begin filming.

Day 3 (Tuesday, January 10): Ski into Backcountry Hut
Four mile ski tour/snow shoe trip off back side of Copper Mountain Ski Resort to Janet's Cabin. Filming along the way. First night in Janetís Cabin.

Day 4 (Wednesday, January 11): Skiing, Shooting, Avalanche Instruction & Second Overnight in Hut
Early risers head out for sunrise atop mountains surrounding Janet's Cabin. Followed by morning of avalanche and film instruction. Full day of skiing and filming in the backcountry around the hut. Spend our second night in Janetís Cabin.

Day 5 (Thursday, January 12): Skiing, Shooting & Return to Boulder for Edit
Morning ski tour/snow shoe trip out to Copper Mountain Ski Resort and drive back down into Boulder. Students will learn how to organize projects, digitize footage and begin editing of their films. Overnight in Boulder hotel.

Day 6 (Friday, January 13): Editing Session
First full day of editing. Students will learn how to use tools and functions of Final Cut Pro while editing their films. Overnight in Boulder hotel.

Day 7 (Saturday, January 14): Editing Session
Second full day of editing. Students will continue editing their films with help from Serac instructors. Overnight in Boulder hotel.

Day 8 (Sunday, January 15): Editing Session & Student Film Festival
Final day of editing. Students will learn how to put the finishing touches on their films and how to export for the web. Screening of all student films at student film festival, time and location TBD. Graduation ceremony will conclude the school. Overnight in Boulder hotel.

Day 9 (Monday, January 16): Student Departure
Outside Adventure Film School concludes and students fly home.
Tuition: $2,595
This includes pre-course story consultation, filmmaking and backcountry safety instruction on the expedition, transportation to and from the mountains, all mountain accommodations, use of avalanche safety kit, editing instruction, course materials including the Adventure Film School Production Manual, orientation dinner, and student film festival.

Bring a Friend!
If you would like to bring an actor/actress/friend for your film, each additional person who signs up with you may do so at a reduced tuition rate of $1,450.

Students Responsible For:

Travel to and from Boulder, Colorado (nearest major airport is Denver International Airport)

Hotel in Boulder (5 nights of lodging)

The Hotel Boulderado is offering students discounted rooms.
* $179/night for a single queen room
* $209/ night for a double queen room (Students are also welcome to share a room with another student to split the cost.)
There are also numerous other hotels a within a few miles from our Pearl Street edit location that are significantly cheaper.

Video Camera/Accessories
If you donít already own a camera we can assist in the selection of a new camera and accessories that will work well for the school. B&H Photo and Video is a great place to start your browsing.

External Hard Drive (for media storage)
500 GB is recommended. Students will receive discount code upon acceptance for 20% off LaCie Rugged hard drives.

Backcountry Ski Gear Bent Gate Mountaineering offers ski touring packages for rental at $75/day, which includes (skis, boots, poles & skins). Snowboards, splitboards and snowshoes also available.

All Meals in Boulder, Colorado (except orientation dinner)
Travel Details: Outside Adventure Film School books our flights through:

The Travel Society:
Dana Welch: (303) 563 6225

Sally Berg Adventures:
Sally Berg: (303) 880 8072

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