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Adventure Filmmaking: The Worst Job That You've Always Wanted

I've wanted to be a content creator for documentaries, a la National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, since I was little. But then again, who hasn’t? I taught myself photography throughout college while studying biology and anthropology in hopes of, someday, finding myself in the situation to put all of that together as some sort of adventure photographer. I’ve been lucky enough to do a little of that type of work already, but nothing compared to these guys. In this series from The Crew, you can go behind the scenes with a crew that travels to some of the riskiest and most beautiful parts of the world just to create beautiful footage for you to enjoy.

“This is the best job ever,” said co-host Erik Nachtrieb, “if you don’t mind freezing to death, falling on rocks, getting cut, dehydrating, getting parasites.”

After watching some videos from this series, I bet you’ll end up with one of two reactions: your thirst for adventure and a yearning to get out and do what these guys do will either be eliminated completely or it will be reignited vigorously. I guess it depends on how much of a risk-taker you are, how much you love traveling to remote places, and how much you like the idea of pulling a parasite out of your neck.

Either way, it will make you value that beautiful footage you see on things like BBC documentaries or from National Geographic. And value is precisely what it should have.

[via The Crew]

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Tim Behuniak's picture

110% still worth it. xD

Stephen Ironside's picture


Erik Nachtrieb's picture

Totally worth it. You can't make this stuff up!

Frank Zayas's picture

You had me until the parasite in the neck.

Erik Nachtrieb's picture

She survived. :)

Michael DeStefano's picture

I've been lucky enough to find myself in some of these situations and I wouldn't want it any other way. great series.

Erik Nachtrieb's picture

Thanks a bunch. Would love to hear more about your situations! glad you enjoy the series. The India episodes are coming out now.

Erik Nachtrieb's picture

@stephen, Just discovered this article as we looked into re-igniting our Twitter. Thanks for the love man! We've been in Japan and India for months, so apologies for the oversight on thanks and sharing, which we are doing now. Love to hear about others who appreciate the rigors and ridiculousness of adventure film production. Cheers from Erik and Viv from "The Crew"!