The relationship between a mother and son is a special one. It is the purest of all love. It is an unbreakable bond that lasts a lifetime.
We were commissioned by the American Heart Association to tell the story of young Kaden and his traumatic entry into this world, and help raise awareness for heart disease. This remarkable journey further instills a belief that the magical bond between a mother and son prevails over the top of all obstacles that life throws at us.
Using text adapted from Robert Marshalls "Alaska Wilderness: Exploring the Brooks Range" (1929) and images from Expedition Arguk (2013), "The World Beyond the World" aims to celebrate that most ancient and sublime of human pleasures: moving through a mysterious, beautiful, and unknown landscape.
In 2013, Expedition Arguk walked and packrafted across 300 miles of wilderness in the Alaska Arctic in order to report on Arctic issues and create public-use media from this far-off but increasingly important region. "The World Beyond the World" was shot during the first third of our trip, which took place entirely in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Gates of the Arctic is the second-largest US National Park, but its extraordinary remoteness and challenging weather mean that the Park sees relatively few visitors. There are no guidebooks, trails, campgrounds, or roads. Most of the photos that make up this film are available for 100% free, unrestricted public use at expeditionarguk.com
Assembled entirely from stills shot with a Nikon D7100 camera, using a Nikon 55-200 VR and a Tokina 11-17 ultrawide lens. Post-production in Photoshop and After Effects, with countless hours on a Wacom Intuos4 tablet.
We are immensely grateful to the American Alpine Club, the Sierra Club Alaska Chapter, the Alaska Wilderness League, Ground Truth Trekking and our many other sponsors and advisors.
Additional thanks to our volunteer translators: Christopher, Pedro, and Anders.
The Woodsman is Ben Short, a former advertising man who became disillusioned with life in the city, and decided to make a drastic change to get back to a simpler way of living. The desire of individuals to live in the woods has been chronicled before in such films as Into the Wild and Jack, and when the opportunity to document Ben’s story came up we jumped at the chance. Ben is a scholar of QEST, a charity that fosters artists and crafters that follow traditional methods. We’ve worked with QEST before, documenting the refurbishment of the Buckingham Palace Summerhouse in 2013.
I had the privilege of making a short film with the very talented Nathan Yoder. It was incredibly inspiring seeing his passionate work ethic up close. Whether he's creating hand drawn lettering and illustrations for his clients or working on one of his many side projects, he's got such a genuine love for the craft. Always creating and always enjoying the process.
A 200+ mile backpacking experience through Yosemite National Park captured by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill. This project was filmed over the course of 10 months. We spent a combined 45 days in the park capturing the images in this video.