Alaskan Filmmaker Ben Sturgulewski draws his inspiration from his love of the outdoors, so it’s no surprise that after spending some time in the lower 48, he took a risk and moved back to a tiny Alaskan town. The risk paid off and he’s been able to both stay busy with work and create a life that suits him well. In our conversation, we talk about why collaboration is key, how relinquishing control can reduce stress + why you should follow your own path.
Artwork provided by the artist. NAME: Ben SturgulewskiOCCUPATIONS: Cinematographer, Director, Editor, Filmmaker, WriterLOCATION: Girdwood, Alaska, USAART: Instagram: @sturgegram | sturgefilm.com | Linkedin
Matchstick Productions’ (MSP) partners Murray Wais, Steve Winter + Scott Gaffney have created some of the most important and groundbreaking ski films of all time. We sat down with Murray in MSP’s office in Crested Butte, Colorado, to talk about how they’re stayed relevant for 30 years, how they’ve navigated the digital revolution + how they’ve managed to maintain a healthy business partnership.
Artwork provided by the artist unless otherwise noted. NAME: Murray WaisOCCUPATIONS: Cinematographer, Director, Executive Producer LOCATION: Crested Butte, Colorado, USAART: skimovie.com | mspfilms.com
Professional skier + writer Drew Petersen exudes a passion for what he does. He understands that the game has changed and has made the calculated decision to merge his skiing, storytelling and business acumen together to propel his career forward. In our conversation, Drew shares his creative process for skiing + writing, one crucial piece of advice for anyone wanting to be a pro athlete + what he wished he knew when starting out as a pro skier.
Artwork provided by the artist unless otherwise noted. NAME: Josh BermanOCCUPATIONS: Cinematographer, Director, Editor, Filmmaker, Owner, Producer LOCATION: Denver, Colorado, USAART: level1.us | level1productions.com | Instagram @level1
Being an independent filmmaker is not an easy path, but Josh Berman’s found a way to be in the business for 20 years. His path has been full of sacrifices + roadblocks, but his approaches to relationships and hiring, making financial decisions + prioritizing what matters has helped him to keep on keeping on.
Adam Clark has built a solid photography and video career spanning 20+ years, and he shares some of the big financial risks he took when starting, a way he’s learned to effectively pitch ideas to clients and a few key reasons he believes clients like working with him.