ICE from director Barry Stevenson, screening NOW

We are thrilled to introduce director, Barry Stevenson, to our VFF community.  Barry lives in Colorado and is the owner of Outside Adventure Media.  ICE focuses on recreational ice climbers.  Even if you're not a climber, you won't be able to help but catch the enthusiasm of the climbers that Barry has captured in this adventure short film.

About: Barry Stevenson is an award-winning film maker and EMMY® Award-winning video producer.  He has been nominated for two additional EMMYs®.

Barry launched Outside Adventure Media in 2012 to produce marketing videos and adventure films for a wide variety of outdoor industry and small business clients.  He is based in Basalt, Colorado, in the Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen.

His media production experience includes television news photojournalist / video editor and Promotions management at television stations from coast to coast, ending in Dallas/Fort Worth. 

Colorado television stations include KCNC (Denver), KRDO (Colorado Springs) and KJCT (Grand Junction).

He received a BA in Technical Journalism from Colorado State University in 1984.  

How long have you been directing?  Ice was my first film, shot in January, 2013.  I am currently working on two new documentary films. 

Ten New Tigers documents the relocation of ten tigers from a private Texas ranch to an exotic big cat sanctuary near Dallas. 

Building Simplicity follows a master carpenter on his multi-year journey to build an ocean-going trimaran (sail boat) inside an abandoned greenhouse near Aspen.

Is there any one part of the process that you enjoy more than the others? I enjoy the challenge of working as a one-man band where I produce, direct, photograph and run audio alone.  I also love the editing process of bringing all of the pieces together to create a great visual story.

Ice

Why do "normal" people risk their lives to climb on frozen waterfalls each winter? "Ice" examines the emotions and motivations of recreational ice climbers, and shows why one amazing location in Colorado has become the epicenter of the ice climbing world.

Why do "normal" people risk their lives to climb on frozen waterfalls each winter? "Ice" examines the emotions and motivations of recreational ice climbers, and shows why one amazing location in Colorado has become the epicenter of the ice climbing world.

What drew you to wanting to tell this story? I was originally producing a marketing video for the Ouray Ice Park website and social media.  But the story of why recreational ice climbers risk their lives to climb frozen waterfalls demanded a longer format to tell, which resulted in the short adventure film, Ice.

What kind of camera did you shoot on?  Canon 5D II, with 20mm, 50mm and 180mm Nikon prime lenses, and several GoPro 2 cameras.

What were some of the challenges in getting this film made and how did you overcome them?  The greatest challenge was the technical problems created by the record-breaking cold weather that struck Colorado in January, 2013 when Ice was filmed at the Ouray Ice Festival.  In particular, the bitter cold temperatures drained the audio recorder battery so fast that I could hardly use it.  This forced me to record all of the audio with the Canon 5D II that I was shooting with.  Luckily, I had plenty of batteries for the Canon 5D and it performed flawlessly.

To learn more about Barry & Outside Adventure Media, click here.

Watch his short film now!