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For the last few years, climber and skier RENAN OZTURK has been creating some of the best movies in the adventure game after teaching himself the art of film

Apr 16, 2012
Outside Magazine

On A Basic But Pro-Caliber Set-up: I’d suggest a good SLR, like the Nikon D800 or the Canon 5D Mark III, with a few lenses. You’ll also want something a little more run-and-gun, I call them beer can cameras, like the Panasonic TM900. The other piece of the kit is a sound recording device, I use the on-camera Rode Videomic Pro, which I think is one of the best sounding ones out there right now. You also need some kind of camera stabilization device. I use a carbon fiber tripod with the Manfrotto 701 Fluidhead. But a Gorillapod works well, too. 

On Shooting: Anticipate what the elements of your story are. Even if you’re filming a ski trip with friends on your iPhone, the first run with tons of powder is probably when a lot of emotion is going to come out. You’ll want to get wide, medium, and tight shots. Also, I think of texture in my shots, like, what’s the grittiest textural element I can add to this scene. Like now, I’m sitting in an aiport, I might shoot all the bottles of perfume at the duty-free shop. 

On Editing: I like Adobe Premiere. It’s a little more expensive, but depending on your level of commitment, I’d learn it from the beginning. Final Cut Pro works great too, though. 

On Posting and Learning: My greatest source of inspiration is Vimeo. It’s a great community, with a lot of creative storytelling. There’s a video school on the site with lots of tutorials. I never went to film school or anything, I’m entirely self-taught. There’s an answer for everything on the web. You just have to become a search-engine ninja.

Filed To: Adventure, Film, Athletes