Sales / Cable Cam Operator / Remote Head Operator
Matt has been a sponsored climber and professional rigger for the past decade and is a member of western Canada’s IATSE Local 669 as a cable cam operator. His passion for climbing has resulted in first ascents in remote locations like Pakistan where he soloed a mountain alone for 3 weeks, or spent 25 nights on a portaledge while climbing a 3000 foot wall in Baffin Island, 500 km above the arctic circle. A self taught mechanical engineer, Matt has worked for Ziptrek Ecotours in Whistler, BC as their lead rigger and machine designer and currently holds 3 patents in high speed braking mechanisms. His first cable cam was human powered for Reel Water Production’s 49 Megawatt documentary over six years ago. Since he has developed numerous versions of the remotely operated Sea To Sky Cam which have been providing unique aerials in commercial, event, television and documentary projects.
Sales / Remote Head Operator / Preston FI&Z Operator
Bryan Smith is an award winning filmmaker based out of Squamish, British Columbia. His first documentary, 49 Megawatts, received acclaim both for its amazing kayaking footage and insightful exploration of the controversy over British Columbia’s river based energy production. An online version went viral and led to two-feature length sea kayaking films. His work has appeared at numerous film festivals across the world including the prized Banff and Telluride Mountain Film Festivals. In the past few years Bryan has built on his adventure film roots and developed a strong reputation in both TV documentary and commercial cinematography. With a knack for story telling, ability to assemble great teams and an insane work ethic his client list has grown to include National Geographic, Discovery, Disney, Red Bull, Patagonia, New Belgium Brewing, Arcteryx and more. In 2010 he earned a National Geographic Expedition Grant for his work in Kamchatka, Russia and launched into digital media co-producing and directing The Season web TV series. He has worked as both a Field Producer and Director of Photography for National Geographic Television on shows including Alaska Wing Men, Explorer, Nat Geo Amazing and Monster Fish. Most recently he co-produced and directed The Man Who Can Fly, a 60 minute special for the National Geographic Channel Explorer series. With extensive experience on Red, Alexa, Phantom, Sony F900, Panasonic Varicam, and just about every ENG camera platform, his experience at getting cameras into difficult and remote locations makes him an incredible asset to any production. Bryan brings a diverse perspective to non-fiction filmmaking having worked on TV, independent documentary and several commercial projects.
Sales / Remote Head Operator / Cable Cam Operator / Preston FI&Z Operator
David hails from Australia and during the past 10 years has been traveling around the world documenting his passion – rock climbing. His first ‘serious’ camera was during high school where he says, ‘my life began.’ Now residing in Canada, David is creating product videos for companies like Cascade Designs and M.S.R. in-between operating the remote camera head on the Sea to Sky Cam for everything from sporting events to complex story telling films. A true ‘tech’ genius, his skills make him indispensible to the team. Other than his amazing hand eye co-ordination for keeping the talent in frame his ability to find solutions to ‘the impossible’ has earned him a critical Sea to Sky Cam position.
Preston FI&Z Operator
Christian Begin began his filmmaking career 20 years ago. As a sherpa and keen understudy for director Bill Heath, he carried a 16mm camera package on a Warren Miller ski shoot in the Kooteny mountains of British Columbia. After learning the craft of shooting film, he was then hired to travel the world as the main cinematographer for two of the most prominent ski and snowboard film companies at the time: Greg Stump and Adventurescope Films. In 1997, he founded Radical Films. The three Kranked movies that he directed revolutionized mountain biking and was internationally acclaimed to bring extreme free riding to the world. Many projects later he sold his share of the company to expand his horizon as a freelance director and DOP. Christian just finished his first feature film as director of photography with 2 Frogs in the West.
Remote Head Operator / Preston FI&Z Operator
Kevin runs SIM Video in Vancouver, and only a year and a half ago ran the SIM Video in Toronto. The biggest block busters get Kevin to rig up their gear. With an endless supply of million dollar equipment at his finger tips Kevin has had the opportunity to become familiar with everything from 3D REDs to Phantom Golds. His film company specialize in Music Videos and Commercials. A local star in the music video world, his creative talents are turning heads. Kevin ran camera with Sea to Sky Cable Cam at the Red Carpet Event at the 40th anniversary of the Juno Awards in March 2011.