Go Anywhere: The Stories Behind Story & Heart Footage

When it comes to getting a great shot, our community members will travel the globe. But what happens along the way? Our Go Anywhere series highlights the stories behind Story & Heart Filmmakers. In this bi-weekly round up, we’ll go along the journey with some of our favorite filmmakers and hear about their amazing experiences, first hand.

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1.  First, let’s travel with Anson of Camp4 Collective to film the first ever in-depth aerial footage of the Himalayas.

Anson: “This is Ama Dablam, one of the most stunning mountains I have ever seen. Later in the shot, you can see Mt. Everest emerge in the background. I was shooting and flying at around 20,000 feet here in a helicopter in a non-pressurized cabin without supplemental oxygen. I was flying the new Shotover aerial camera system for the first time in the Himalayas. Nobody had ever been able to film extensive aerials of the Himalayas before—it requires months of permitting with the government, working out logistics, research, and a special helicopter modified to shed weight.

The mountains are huge. Filming them requires flying up to 25,000 feet to really capture them, an altitude that helicopters are not designed to reach. Furthermore, there is no jet fuel or other infrastructure in the ranges, so fuel and mechanics have to be shuttled up high to support the mission. The result of all this work? The first truly in-depth aerial filming of the Langtang, Annapurna and Everest regions of the Himalayas.”

— Anson Fogel, Camp4 Collective. Shot in The Himalayas, Nepal.

2. Our next story, from Dana of Gnarly Bay, is about finding an unexpected adventure through...pancakes.

Dana: “We were doing a road trip through South Africa when we met some travelers in Kruger National Park. They told us, ‘You have to go to Graskop, and eat their pancakes. They are amazing!’ Food is a high priority when we travel, so we found Graskop on the map and headed that way.

When we arrived, we learned this town was very close to an amazing canyon only a short drive up the road. So we waited for the weather to clear and then hiked up the canyon with various stops along the way. This was one of the final views we came across at the end of the day and it was absolutely insane. We spent about 2 hours here and watched the entire sunset. It was amazing. And I don't remember if we ever had the pancakes or not.

— Dana Saint, Gnarly Bay. Shot in Blyde River Canyon, South Africa.

3. Being behind the lens lets you see all kinds of things, even funny ones. Let’s travel to the Taj Mahal with Joe Simon of The Delivery Men for some comic relief.

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Joe: “As soon as the gate opened I ran to setup a time-lapse before it got too busy. They don’t allow tripods at the Taj Mahal so I used one of my favorite leveling tricks: my wallet. I had to stand guard as it got busier. People were getting so close I thought they might knock my camera into the water. At one point someone posing for a photo across from where I was lost their balance and fell into the water. It was hilarious.”

— Joe Simon, The Delivery Men. Shot in Agra, India.

4. Sometimes, finding a hidden gem depends on who you know. Here’s how Scott from Saint West found the ultimate scenic landscape.

Scott: “Our friend Harry, owner of the local sporting goods store in Chiloquin, OR, was the perfect model and tour guide on our trip up north. We described the type of landscape we were hoping to find, and he looked at us with a calm smile, and said, ‘I've got just the place.’ This little gem of a river bend actually had about 3 different bends. It was as if the river folded on itself over and over again.

—Scott Rieckens, Saint West. Shot in Chiloquin, Oregon.

5. To dive deep into a story, Kerrin Sheldon from Humanity Productions literally dived...scuba dived, that is.

Kerrin: “While filming for our Mashable series about invasive lionfish, we did dozens of dives with the awesome people at Islamorada Dive Center in the Florida Keys. In this shot, the owner, known as "The Spearfisherman of the Keys," powers past the Wreck of the Eagle, a giant ship that was sunk intentionally to become an artificial reef. The ship was split in two by Hurricane Georges and is now teeming with schools of fish, sharks, coral life, and now and again, invasive lionfish.”

—Kerrin Sheldon, Humanity Productions. Shot in Islamorada, Florida.

Do you have any tales about capturing a stellar shot? Share them with our community below and be sure to follow @StoryandHeart and #GoAnywhere on Instagram.