Paul Zizka: Director, Time-lapse Photographer, Local Expert
Paul Zizka can often be found in the wilderness with a camera bag slung over his shoulder, a tripod in one hand, and an ice axe in the other. Fully dedicated to his photography and to pursuing adventures in the wilderness, Paul strives for a delicate balance between capturing the outdoors and simply experiencing them. He will enthusiastically scoot ahead of his hiking or climbing party, anticipating his photo opportunities and setting them up with expert precision. He has been granted titles such as “mountain goat” and “sherpa” by reputation and it is not uncommon to see him poised precariously on a ledge or lying in the grass to get the shot he is envisioning.
In the Rockies, Paul has climbed dozens of peaks and explored hundreds of kilometres of local and backcountry trails. His adventures have also taken him overseas where he has ventured off on a 1400 km unsupported double-crossing of Iceland on foot, and a 1488 km solo-crossing of the South Island of New Zealand. Recent adventures have taken him backpacking in the Caribbean, exploring tiny insular nations of the Pacific, trekking in remote corners of Scandinavia and Nepal and ski touring in Nunavut.
Paul is currently based in Banff, Alberta, where he enjoys easy access to the mountains of the Canadian Rockies and makes the most of the weather windows.
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Doug Urquhart: Director, Time-lapse Photographer, Post-Production
Doug Urquhart can often be found constructing three dimensional pixels at his urban studio in Atlanta or escaping the city lights in the Appalachian mountains. Completely dedicated to his passion for cinematography & motion graphics over the past decade, Doug enjoys experimenting with the technical aspects of visual media. In 2007, Doug co-founded The UpThink Lab, a full-service production studio in Atlanta with longtime friend, Erik Huber. As a tightly knit team, Doug and Erik execute projects on a daily basis for multiple advertising agencies. Clients include the Discovery Channel, Verizon Wireless & REI. Time-lapse photography keeps Doug motivated outside of his daily client work. Doug’s passion for time-lapse offers the opportunity to explore the world and all of the creative technical aspects of advancing the art form. Doug graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts from Georgia State University’s Film & Video program. He currently resides in East Atlanta with his loving wife, Karen, and their two dogs, Aesop & Sophie.
Meghan J. Ward: A. Director, Writer, Local Expert
Meghan J. Ward is an outdoor, travel and adventure writer based in Banff, Alberta. Her work has been published by a variety of magazines throughout North America, including IMPACT Magazine, Alpinist, Backcountry Magazine, Travel Alberta, and the Canadian Alpine Journal. She specializes in creating marketing materials and web content for the tourism industry and beyond. You’ll also find Meghan blogging on The Campsite and in the Editor’s seat at Highline Magazine.
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Michael Wynne: Original Score, Sound Design & Mixing
Starting from a young age Michael demonstrated a natural affinity for music and creative expression. Following his high school music program, he went on to complete his academic studies at The University of North Florida, one of the most recognized performance-based music programs in the country. Michael is an expert in midi production; drum sequencing and environmental sound creation. He is a Digidesign Training and Education Program affiliate, AES member, and a voting member of The Grammy Foundation demonstrating a superior knowledge in the areas of audio engineering and mixing. Today, he contributes extensively to the world of music, filmmaking, music education and community programs. He brings over fifteen years of professional experience to his clients who consistently report that they can count on him to deliver their creative visions while always exceeding their expectations.
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Guy Thorsby: Wilderness Production Assistant, Backcountry Logistics, Trail running ninja
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA , Guy Thorsby was exposed early in life to a maelstrom of outdoor activities from below to above sea level. This precocious knowledge is reflected in Guy’s utilization of the mountains as his second home. When he isn’t working for an outdoor equipment manufacturer his time is spent on the trail or water. Guy is best defined as a multisport athlete. His title as trail running ninja is inspired by his unique running style. Guy is a minimalist ultra trail runner and runs 1000s of miles in the southeastern United States annually. When he’s not running or fastpacking he can be found river bodyboarding or guiding rafts. All with next to nothing on his feet. On occasion Guy has been known to slide his hand into a chalk bag at one of the scattered slabs in the southeast and grew up within walking distance of the best climbing in Metro Atlanta.
Additional Credits//Rogier Gruys - bluepeak.net - supporting time-lapse photography (including the collaboration with Doug and Paul on a new Parks Canada Solar Camera project) Meredith and Doug Ward: Executive Producers Matt Graham: Executive Producer Brian Manley - Logo Design Patrick O’Hearn @ Digital Wolf – CSS, PHP Dan Evans - supporting TL photography / powder guru
Yuichi Takasaka - supporting astro time-lapse photography Colin Legg – supporting TL photography
SPECIAL THANKS to Oscar @ Aperturent.com, Jay & Chris @ Dynamic Perception, Erik Huber @ Upthink, Mike Poshen @ Granite Bay Software, Jennier Rice-Morton (AAA), Karen Urquhart (Producer), Ross & Shannon for their hospitality at the beautiful and remote Num-Ti-Jah lodge, Becky O’Donnell @ the Banff Boutique Inn, Jim & Margi Urquhart, Shane Benson, Parks Canada, Jason @ Mountainsmith, Rob & the PC&E crew, Chris Parker in NZ for his help on using solar & LiPo together, Fred Beal (timelapsecontroller.com/) & everyone else who has already been involved with MiM!
EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2012 SUPPORTERS:
Evelyn de Roo, David Paul, Joe Capra, Brian Hunt, Peter Lee, Jack Wallis