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Adventure Guides

For the Outdoor Channel

For the Outdoor Channel

Filmed for: “Adventure Guides” series, Outdoor Channel
Producer: John Dietsch (host), Hook.tv
Freelance camera work. Flyfishing and a Rendezvous with Orvis guides, leadership, and creative talent in Montana’s world class fly fishing locale, Paradise Valley, with producer John Dietsch for the Adventure Guide series.

 

BioFusion

Ads filmed for Message Media

Ads filmed for Message Media

Filmed for: Message Media
Producer: Jason Alley
Award: Silver Regional Addy Award
Location: Rapid City, SD
The captain of a professional hockey team gets up before dawn to hit the ice, and refuels with BioFusion sport supplement. “Meet our Lab Rat” (spot 1). A school kid enjoys an empty school yard and classroom, the only one who are not home with the flu, thanks to his vitamin health supplement, BioFusion (spot 2).

 

Brewed Awakening

New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing

Filmed for: Kain Lain Productions
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Freelance camera work on a documentary about the New Belgium Brewery, featuring carbon neutral craft beer and the colorful, madcap Tour de Fat bicycle event.
“Stephani’s can-do attitude, enthusiasm, and skill with camera and sound gear were great assets on Brewed Awakening. And because of that shoot, she was able to add another notch on her wildlife filmmaking belt – filming costumed beer-drinkers on bicycles!” Kate Lain, Director, Brewed Awakening, KateMakesFilms.

 

Chasing Birds in Beringia

Winner of the Science Award

Winner of the Science Award

Produced for: MFA thesis film, independent film production
Location:
Beringia, remote area near Kotzebue, Alaska
Awards:
Science Award, Imagine Science Film Festival (2011); read the NYT Article  about ISFF with filmmaker interview
Official Selection: Imagine Science Film Festival (NYC, 2011), European Imagine Science Film Festival (Dublin IR, 2012), Society for Conservation Biology Conference (2012), MemberCentral (AAAS/Science)
Aired: Life on Terra (episode 716)
Enter into the ultra-adventurous world of bush-pilot biologists chasing wild birds in the no-man’s-land north of the Arctic Circle. Their world is one of beauty, grit, humor and science. The tundra swans they study venture back and forth across the narrow stretch of water that separates Alaska and Russia. This east-west connection is what endangers the birds, and potentially the humans that interact with them. (2010, 9:30 minutes).
“Filming with Stephani (Open Boat Films) was like having a trusted crew member aboard our team.  She was able to capture the heart of our project, people, and the landscape with an unobtrusive, curious style, seemlessly integrating with our team.  She immerses herself into your story, coaxing beauty and wonder out of the damnedest places and documenting the adventure and science of your work with a researcher’s precision and an artist’s eye.” Heather Wilson, PhD, lead scientist on the field research featured in Chasing Birds.

“This piece is a beautiful and refreshing alternative to the now-standard authoritative, -est (biggest, awesomest, coolest, whatever-est), more selfish science/natural history approaches. Well done! I can’t wait to hear where else it screens and what you make next. It was beautifully shot, and I appreciated its gentleness. There is something about your voice in this (filmmaker voice) that reminds me of the voice in your dipper film: inquisitive, caring, fascinated. Evelyn Fox Keller says in her book, A Feeling for the Organism, ‘The ultimate descriptive task, for both artists and scientists, is to ‘ensoul’ what one sees, to attribute to it the life one shares with it; one learns by identification’ In both those films, you do just that. You ensoul not only the animal you look at (dipper, swan, scientist), but also the processes (personal, scientific, etc) of coming to know, and the process of looking quietly and honestly.” Kate Lain, filmmaker.

 

Deep Reefs

Researching undersea habitats in Florida using AUVs

Researching undersea habitats in Florida using AUVs

Filmed for: Waitt Institute of Discovery & Woodshole Oceanographic Institute
Produced and Edited by Liz Smith, WID
Location: Atlantic Ocean, offshore along the Florida Coast
A Waitt Institute of Discovery project, in collaboration with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Open Boat Films served as freelance camera and field producer, documenting shipboard research activities. Scientists from University of Florida and engineers from Woodshole Oceanographic Institute were studying the deep coral reefs off the coast of Florida. They used state-of-the-art untethered, high definition sonar equipped AUVs to map sea floor habitats.

 

Eureka! A Sense of Nature

For 3 Bears Media

For 3 Bears Media

Filmed for: 3 Bears Media
Producer/Director/DP: Dawson Dunning (3 Bears Media)
Aired: Life on Terra: The Nature of Our World (PBS Montana), April 9, 2008
Sight impaired kids get a chance to experience nature and science on a whole new level at a Natural History Camp on beautiful Flathead Lake in north Montana.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Stephani and Open Boat Films in a variety of capacities and am always impressed with her level of care and confidence, from concept to completion.” Dawson Dunning, 3 Bears Media.

 

Folkfire

Cello Music Videos

Cello Music Videos

Produced for: Rebecca Hartka, cellist
Location: Bridger Mountains, Bozeman, and Livingston, Montana
Three music videos as a promo for the release of cellist Rebecca Hartka’s cd, Folkfire.

 

Inches of Snow and Tide

Climate Change in Olympic National Park

Climate Change in Olympic National Park

Produced for: Olympic National Park in Washington State
Location: Olympic National Park (coastal part of park, and Hurricane Ridge)
Played at: Olympic NP Visitor’s Center, Port Angeles WA
Aired: Life on Terra (MT- PBS), 2011
The Olympic Peninsula is a land of snowy mountains, rocky tidepools, and crashing waves. Explore one small patch of coastline at low tide and you can find tiny sea stars, camouflaged fish, and eighty-year-old anemones. Fantastic seaweeds cling to wave battered rocks, and carnivorous sea stars stalk mussels and unsuspecting clams. These areas also serve as a rich natural resource for the four local tribes of Native Americans. Climate change could change all of that. Measuring snow depths on Hurricane Ridge and ocean temperatures in the intertidal zone, scientists share their hopes and concerns for the future of rugged and incredibly diverse ecosystem. (2010, 15 minutes)
“…the entire thing is beautiful, all of it is smooth, flows nicely, edits are clean, color and sound really coming along. We’re really proud of you and happy with the film…Thanks for your careful, painstaking work.” Jerry Freilich, Ph.D., Science Adivsor, Olympic National Park, and Exec Producer on Inches of Snow & Tide.

 

Journey of a Can

Recycling Promo for Bozeman Schools

Recycling Promo for Bozeman Schools

Produced for: Montana State University & Bozeman Public Schools
Producer: James Joyce, professor in the School for Film & Photography (MSU)
Follow the journey of two aluminum cans – one to the dump, the other to a recycling center and then back onto the shelf. Filmed as part of a recycling awareness campaign for the Bozeman School District.

 

Lone Mountain Ranch

Winter Activities: Ski, Sleigh, & Snowcoach

Winter Activities: Ski, Sleigh, & Snowcoach

Produced for: Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky MT
Location: Big Sky, MT & Yellowstone National Park
A series of short videos produced for Lone Mountain Ranch on their diverse Nordic ski trails and other winter activities offered such as the snowcoach and snowshoe tours of Yellowstone Park and the horse drawn sleigh ride to a mountainside homestead cabin for prime rib dinner. Winter in Montana is magical and guests enjoy fun activities, stunning landscapes, and world class hospitality.
“The video looks great! We’re ready to roll with it… I have so appreciated working with you; your creative eye, your ability to genuinely represent the Ranch in your work, your honesty and just having fun with you on shoots. Thanks for everything you have done.” Kim Parlett, Assistant General Manager, Lone Mountain Ranch.

 

Open Boat Films

Based in Portland, Oregon

Based in Portland, Oregon

Open Boat Films is based in Portland, Oregon.

Ross Peak Ranch

Shaggy Cows & Wedding Veils

Shaggy Cows & Wedding Veils

Produced for: Ross Peak Ranch & Springhill Pavilion
Location: Bridger Mountains, Montana
Inner workings of a 19th century Montana homestead in the Bridger Mountains turned grassfed Scottish highland cattle ranch and wedding venue (Springhill Pavilion).

 

Shifting Sands

Climate Change in the Mojave

Climate Change in the Mojave

Produced for: National Park Service
Location: Mojave Desert Natl Preserve, CA
Official selection: American Conservation Film Festival and the High Desert Film Festival
Played at: Mojave Desert NP Visitor’s Center
Aired: Life on Terra (MT- PBS), 2011
The Mojave- a landscape of extreme and fragile beauty- will encounter new challenges with the coming climate change. Desert field researchers tell the story in their words and share their experiences with us. Joshua trees, Bighorn sheep, pupfish, desert springs, and even the soil crust itself face new problems. (2009, 18 min)
“Thanks for all of your high quality work on Shifting Sands! It is a beautiful and educational film. You folks should be very proud of your work! I think the film flows well, the quality of the images is great, and the mix male/female and expertise is balanced, the messages from the NPS at the end were well placed, and I really like the inspirational pieces- the researchers have established their credibility as scientists and then had the opportunity to put their hearts on their sleeves.” Paula Ogden-Muse, Skagit District Interpreter, North Cascades National Park.

 

Two Brothers

19th Century Shipwreck

19th Century Shipwreck

Filmed for: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Producer: Kelly Gleason
Location: Nantucket, Massachusetts and French Frigate Shoals, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Notes: current project, in progress. Field production has been completed and the film is in post-production.
Film and short videos about the Two Brothers, a Nantucket whaleship wrecked on French Frigate Shoals that was recently rediscovered by NOAA maritime archaeologists.

 

When Worlds Collide

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Filmed for: PAST Foundation & Montana State University
Producers: Annaleis Corbin (PAST) & Dennis Aig (MSU)
Location: Dominican Republic, Caribbean
Freelance camera work documenting topside and underwater archaeology in the Dominican Republic where researchers are studying remains of the Taino, the first native people encountered by Columbus in the New World.

 

Where the Pupfish Play

Amargosa Springs Wildlife Refuge

Amargosa Springs Wildlife Refuge

Produced for: US Fish & Wildlife Service
Location: Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, NV
Official Selection: San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition (2009)
Surrounded by kangaroo rats, lizards, golden cholla cactus and other desert diversity in the Mojave, pupfish live in clear, sapphire blue springs. They face a number of growing threats to their survival in a region with limited water and increasing development. USFWS Biologist Cristi Baldino tells us about these resilient and yet vulnerable desert pupfish and their species’ fight for survival. (2009, 3 min)
“It was such a pleasure working with someone who understands and appreciates the unique and vulnerable environment of Ash Meadows with its 26+ endemic and 14 threatened and endangered species. You demonstrated sensitivity and respect for the resources while still producing a superb product. I would be happy to work with you on future projects. Best wishes for the success of your new film company!” Cristi R. Baldino, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Ash Meadows Natl Wildlife Refuge, NV.

 

White Wings over Montana

For 3 Bears Media

For 3 Bears Media

Filmed for: 3 Bears Media
Producer/Director/DP: Dawson Dunning (3 Bears Media)
Award: Best Amateur Film at Montana CINE Intl Film festival
Aired: Life on Terra episode 422 (PBS- Montana)
Location: Freezeout Lake, Montana
“Whether serving as a cinematographer or director, Stephani has a deep passion and seamless skill-set she brings to every production, underwater and topside, taking the stress out of any filmmaking situation.” Dawson Dunning, 3 Bears Media.

 

Wild Chronicles

For National Geographic

For National Geographic

Filmed for:National Geographic Channel
Exec Producer: Martha Conboy
Field Producer/Editor: Laura Boyd
Aired: National Geographic Channel, Wild Chronicles (2009)
“I had the pleasure of working with Stephani Gordon on my Pronghorn Migration segment for Wild Chronicles. She is great to work with, has an excellent eye and is a very solid and easy to get along with person.  We worked really long days and her shooting was consistent throughout! I highly recommend hiring her- and I hope to work with her again in the future.” Laura J. Boyd, Associate Producer, Wild Chronicles, National Geographic TV & Film.