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Story & Grit

Story & Grit

Story & Grit

21 days of action-packed adventure filmmaking and expedition skills in the High Andes and Amazon Basin in Peru. Discover new cultures, learn new techniques, and tell unique stories.

21 days of action-packed adventure filmmaking and expedition skills in the High Andes and Amazon Basin in Peru. Discover new cultures, learn new techniques, and tell unique stories.

21 days of action-packed adventure filmmaking and expedition skills in the High Andes and Amazon Basin in Peru. Discover new cultures, learn new techniques, and tell unique stories.

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DATES

July 5th – 26th, 2019
21 Days

COST

$7,600 - Not including airfare

BRIEF OVERVIEW

We'll meet in Lima, Peru to begin our intensive film and expedition workshops for the first four days of being in country. Throughout this time you'll have the opportunity to capture the feel of life in Lima and stories of the British Fire Brigade Victoria 8 or stories within Villa Maria. We will then travel from Lima to Cusco to continue the workshops with an emphasis on expedition training that will involve basic medical training, hints, and tips for life on expeditions. You'll have the opportunity to work on new stories that affect the people of Cusco: Mountain Rescue, Local life, Non-Governmental Organizations, and local issues.

We will leave the mountains and descend down to the Amazon Jungle into the Manu Biosphere Reserve which is located in the Madre de Dios Region. On arrival, we will start to immerse ourselves into Jungle living and the sights and sounds of the Amazon. We will have the company of our indigenous guides to teach us not only how to survive but thrive in this environment. From river crossings, flora and fauna recognition, campsite selection, water purification, fire-starting techniques to cooking, there will be plenty of opportunities to develop your filmmaking techniques in a new environment with new stories.

We will make our way back to Cusco and then trek two days to Machu Picchu for extra scenic footage and reflection on the trip. We'll return to Cusco by train and celebrate the trip and all that was learned.

FOR FULL ITINERARY, TRIP DETAILS, AND STORIES TO COVER PLEASE FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FORM.

We'll meet in Lima, Peru to begin our intensive film and expedition workshops for the first four days of being in country. Throughout this time you'll have the opportunity to capture the feel of life in Lima and stories of the British Fire Brigade Victoria 8 or stories within Villa Maria. We will then travel from Lima to Cusco to continue the workshops with an emphasis on expedition training that will involve basic medical training, hints, and tips for life on expeditions. You'll have the opportunity to work on new stories that affect the people of Cusco: Mountain Rescue, Local life, Non-Governmental Organizations, and local issues.

We will leave the mountains and descend down to the Amazon Jungle into the Manu Biosphere Reserve which is located in the Madre de Dios Region. On arrival, we will start to immerse ourselves into Jungle living and the sights and sounds of the Amazon. We will have the company of our indigenous guides to teach us not only how to survive but thrive in this environment. From river crossings, flora and fauna recognition, campsite selection, water purification, fire-starting techniques to cooking, there will be plenty of opportunities to develop your filmmaking techniques in a new environment with new stories.

We will make our way back to Cusco and then trek two days to Machu Picchu for extra scenic footage and reflection on the trip. We'll return to Cusco by train and celebrate the trip and all that was learned.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

• Story Development
• Artistic Approach
• Research
• Equipment Breakdowns
• Permits and Laws
• Directing
• Cinematography
• Sound Recording
• Media Backup
• Packing Gear
• Media Storage
• Sound Design
• Editing Techniques
• Distribution & Film Festivals
• Mountain & Jungle Navigation

• Orienteering
• Topographical Map reading
• Medical and Survival Techniques
• Basic First Aid knowledge
• Backcountry Craft

• Story Development
• Artistic Approach
• Research
• Equipment Breakdowns
• Permits and Laws
• Directing
• Cinematography
• Sound Recording
• Media Backup
• Packing Gear
• Media Storage
• Sound Design
• Editing Techniques
• Distribution & Film Festivals
• Mountain & Jungle Navigation

• Orienteering
• Topographical Map reading
• Medical and Survival Techniques
• Basic First Aid knowledge
• Backcountry Craft

"It has been a delight to see the opening of, the development and creative work from Prelude Films. Their enthusiasm and passion to create visual ideas that are both entertaining and captive is very impressive indeed!"

Michael Brown

"It has been a delight to see the opening of, the development and creative work from Prelude Films. Their enthusiasm and passion to create visual ideas that are both entertaining and captive is very impressive indeed!"

Michael Brown

KODAK, VICE PRESIDENT MOTION PICTURE ENTERTAINMENT IMAGING DIVISION

KODAK, VICE PRESIDENT MOTION PICTURE ENTERTAINMENT IMAGING DIVISION

"On many occasions, I have had Josh come into my classes to teach specific skills, each time he exceeded my expectations! He is a natural teacher who exudes energy excitement and passion for cinema that will energize students around the globe. Students who attend his workshops will create original work from their own experience that will express the stories, myths, and norms of these cultures in profound ways."

Bart Weiss

"On many occasions, I have had Josh come into my classes to teach specific skills, each time he exceeded my expectations! He is a natural teacher who exudes energy excitement and passion for cinema that will energize students around the globe. Students who attend his workshops will create original work from their own experience that will express the stories, myths, and norms of these cultures in profound ways."

Bart Weiss

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

"Josh teaches with passion and a sure hand. He believes that education is the key to unlock one’s full potential. When instructing he refuses to stop until he is sure that his students understand what he’s teaching and that they walk away feeling not only confident in their own ability to complete the task before them but their ability to teach others."

Ya'Ke Smith

"Josh teaches with passion and a sure hand. He believes that education is the key to unlock one’s full potential. When instructing he refuses to stop until he is sure that his students understand what he’s teaching and that they walk away feeling not only confident in their own ability to complete the task before them, but their ability to teach others."

Ya'Ke Smith

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

WHAT'S INCLUDED (AT A GLANCE) ↓

40/40 Adventures guide

Exclusive pre-trip training

Adventure experience gear (daypacks, sleeping bag, etc)

Tent and group cooking gear

State and National Park fees

Scheduled hotel nights - double occupancy

Ground transportation during itinerary

All meals on the trek and those detailed in itinerary

Filmmaking workshops and hands-on in field training/guidance

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED ↓

Personal travel insurance

Personal Equipment (see kit list)

Tips for local guides and 40/40 Adventure guides

Personal expenses - laundry, room service, alcohol, etc.

Travel to and from trip start location

Camera and audio equipment

Media storage, laptop, and editing software

EXPEDITION LEADERS ↓

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David Gill
40|40 Adventures - Expedition Manager

Bringing together teams in austere and challenging environments is something that David loves. He has led expeditions, traveled and worked in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Belize, The United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands, Greece, Spain, France, Switzerland, Armenia, Georgia, Nagorno Karabakh, Abkhazia, Croatia, Morocco, Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Mongolia, China and Afghanistan. 

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Grant Boatwright
40|40 Adventures - Expedition Guide

Grant has spent years leading teams in the backcountry and global travels. He is keen to share his knowledge on the Story & Grit expedition.

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Jimmy McSparron
40|40 Adventure’s “Man in Peru”

Jimmy is a resident of Cusco and brings together a lifetime of learning to the expedition. Having personally trained the Peruvian Emergency Services and Manu guides his knowledge of Peru is second to none.

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Josh Gallas
Prelude Films - Director & Producer

Josh is a director, writer, producer with a background in editing, sound design, and cinematography. He studied film in graduate school at the University of Texas at Arlington where he taught a number of film courses including cinematography and narrative. He has filmed extensively overseas in places such as Turkey, Uganda, Brazil, and Costa Rica, and continues to write stories that are influenced by his time overseas.

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Andrew Czap
Prelude Films - Director of Photography

Andrew is a Cinematographer and Colorist. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in Spring 2016 with a BFA in Visual Communication Design. After two years in the design industry, he transitioned into full-time filmmaking as a founding partner of Prelude Films. With his background in photography and design, Andrew has the ability to create strong images and tone that elevates concepts and stories. 

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We are also available at hello@prelude.tv or 817.807.0984

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