Of Souls+Water: Forge Motion Pictures premieres Skip Armstrong's Nomad
Your films have a very distinctive aesthetic feel that, as you mentioned, is different from some of the "adventure porn" we see a lot of. Is there anything in particular you're going for with the Of Souls+Water films?
We've been working really hard to shoot very particular shots and we're being very patient because we want these films to look like art, not just exciting shots, and because the storytelling is paramount. We also really wanted to bring a high production value, so we're shooting all of these films on high-definition RED Digital Cinema cameras, bringing cranes and dollies out to the middle of nowhere, and really pushing ourselves to achieve a certain look and atmospheric feel to these films.
This has been a big year for Forge Motion Pictures, with Anson Fogel's sweep of the big adventure film awards for his film "Cold" and Forge landing the gig to shoot the new Colorado tourism video campaign. Have those successes made your work any easier as you've embarked on this new project?
We're just so lucky to be a part of this amazing outdoor filmmaking community, and to have had these incredible projects to be a part of. And we're so honored to be able to go to places like Mountainfilm and Telluride and the Adventure Film Festival in Boulder and the Banff Mountain Film Festival and be recognized for the hard work and contributions everybody's been putting in... it's hard to put into words how honored we are to have those opportunities. And then to be hired for a project like the Colorado tourism campaign to go out and share beauty we live in the middle of with everyone else, that was a huge springboard. I think it has definitely given us some latitude to do even bigger projects now and in the future.
"Of Souls+Water" is being released as a five-part monthly web series at vimeo.com/channels/osaw
Can you tell me about the decision to share the Of Souls+Water shorts online, for free?
It's so amazing right now to have the platform to be able to release videos to a wide audience via the Internet, and it's something everyone who makes films is going to have to explore. For the Of Souls+Water films, we wanted to be able to shoot these when the river or ocean conditions are perfect and then offer them to our audience pretty darn quick after we shoot them, and our partnership with NRS Films and New Belgium Brewing is allowing us to do that. But we'll also be taking these films on the festival circuit and we're really excited to have had the opportunity to premiere the first two at the 5Point Film Festival. To envision something, and work hard on it, and then actually see it come to life and project it onto a screen for an audience, to see your films actually come to fruition and get in front of people -- whether it's a theater screen or millions of computer screens around the world -- it's all very exciting, and very rewarding.
To keep up with the next films in the Of Souls+Water series, stay tuned to the NRS Films Vimeo page.