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Become an Alaskan Adventure Filmmaker

Posted on: January 25th, 2014 by Don No Comments

ODS 293 Adventure Filmmaking Field Seminar (3 credits): This course is an exceptional chance for independent and emerging filmmakers to turn project ideas into reality, under the guidance of 4-time Emmy winning director, Michael Brown, and ODS Lead Professor, Dr Palmer. Days are packed with hands-on practice, lively discussion, and brainstorming. The course will take place at Thompson Pass, Alaska, during Tailgate Alaska, and editing will be done at the PWSCC Valdez campus. Transportation to and from Thompson Pass may be available. It will be best if students can arrange their own transportation on a daily basis. The $550 fee covers instructor costs, insurance, and materials. Previous experience with filmmaking and digital editing is recommended, but not required.

Students must be familiar with their camera of choice, and a limited number of additional cameras may be available to check out.

Web Dates: 2/15, 3/15, 4/15 4:30-8:00 p.m.
Field Dates: Mar 28-Apr 6, 3:00-6:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. to Midnight
Fee: $550.

Recommended Gear:

  • Outdoor Clothing and personal gear for the environment
  • DSLR Camera and lenses
  • Microphone
  • Stabilizer(s)
  • Extra batteries
  • Tripod
  • Any other kit
  • GoPro or other POV secondary camera system with boom and accessories
  • Pro Class 10 UHS-I Memory Cards 64GB+ (make sure you know if your camera requires SD or microSD)
  • Laptop and external storage
  • Digital editing software

Students may also register for ODS 266 (also at Tailgate Alaska) without conflict.

ODS 167 Introduction to the Study of Adventure Filmmaking (3 credits): Taught by ODS Lead Professor, Dr. Palmer, this course provides a great opportunity to break into to the field adventure film field. This course will introduce students to various forms and elements of successful adventure and documentary films, with a special emphasis in identifying and appreciating humanistic and artistic qualities. Students will survey the history of outdoor adventure filmmaking and, after learning introductory skills and perspectives in film study and critical evaluation, explore general techniques, stylistic approaches, best practices, and the function and role of this specialized film genre.

This class starts in February, and will be conducted entirely on BlackBoard ($0 fee). Spots are limited and filling up quickly so sign up at, or call our Valdez Campus main line at 907-834-1600 today!