The Denali Experiment – Full Short Film

Posted by Jimmy Chin:

Here is the final long form edit of “The Denali Experiment.” I just watched it again last night and laughed when I realized how little ski footage is in the movie. I guess it is the antithesis of the modern ski porn flick. Lots of rock star skiers and not much skiing! Well, hopefully having a cool narrative helps the piece along. It was a tough piece to put together with all the different characters, carrying all of the camera and audio equipment, filming and, of course, all while trying to climb and ski Denali as well. I decided to focus the story on Sage and Lucas and was hoping the piece would give people a sense of who they are besides being rock star skiers/snowboarders. I also wanted to give some insight into all the other interesting characters who were mentoring and helping Sage and Lucas along the way. I often feel like the whole process of skiing and who the skiers actually are gets lost in most of the ski and snowboard films today. I hope you enjoy this one.

The Denali Experiment from renan ozturk on Vimeo.

About the author

RANDY OLSON’s 27 National Geographic magazine projects have taken him to many countries in Africa, the Siberian Arctic, Abu Dhabi, American Samoa, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kamchatka, Newfoundland, Pakistan, Palmyra, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the South Pacific.
National Geographic Society published a book of his work in their Masters of Photography series in January 2011. Olson was the 2003 Magazine Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition, and was also awarded POYi’s 1992 Newspaper Photographer of the Year—one of only two photographers to win in both media in the largest photojournalism contest operating continuously since World War II. While working at The Pittsburgh Press, Olson received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to support a seven-year project documenting a family with AIDS, and a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his story on problems with Section 8 housing. He was also awarded the Nikon Sabbatical and a grant from the National Archives to save the Pictures of the Year collection.
Melissa Farlow and Randy Olson are photojournalists in the documentary tradition. Their work has taken them to 50 countries over the past 20 years. Even though they are published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, they have primarily worked on 50 projects for the National Geographic Society. They normally work individually, but have co-produced National Geographic magazine stories on northern California, American national parks, and the Alps. They photographed the southern United States for a book by Collins Publishing and have collaborated on over 70 books by various publishers.