In the summer of 2015, I was one of seven students at the University of Cincinnati chosen to spend 22 days in the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska to produce, shoot, and edit a 7 day adventure racing documentary.
Along with a team of video professionals and college professors, our team endured the intimidating conditions of the Alaskan wilderness in order to film the world’s top adventure racers compete across hundreds of miles. The racing teams completed dozens of tasks throughout the race including kayaking, bushwhacking, river crossings, and glacier rescues in efforts to win a World Series Adventure Race at the top of the world. We filmed racers nonstop over the course of seven days across a variety of different terrains including glaciers, rivers, beaches, forests, and mountains. Amidst our production, we’d set up tents in various locations across the race route to create makeshift workstations to dump incoming footage and cut dailies while swapping shifts of staying in to edit and going out to shoot video.
After working on location, my fellow students and I took the footage back to the university to spend the following year editing it into a documentary series. After premiering in April of 2016, Expedition Alaska has been featured in many film festivals including winning Best Student Production at the Morocco Adventure Film Festival.