Acclaimed Director, Producer, and Camera Operator
Lyndon State College’s Adventure Speaker Series continues on Wednesday, November 6, when Jim Surette comes to share his stories and some incredible visuals. Since 1992, Surette’s career as a director, producer, and camera operator has led him to shoot television programs for all the major networks, as well as feature documentaries and commercials. He has worked with a diverse portfolio of clients that includes National Geographic, BBC, Warren Miller Entertainment, Discovery, MTV, The North Face, Patagonia, Eddie Bauer, Peter Jennings Productions and others.
Surette has operated cameras from Mount Everest to Antarctica and his experience as an expert climber and skier affords him an insider’s perspective on the places and personalities he captures on film. His mountain skills enable him to single-handedly rig his own shots without the need of a large crew. He has worked as a camera operator for Discovery Channel’s hit show, The Deadliest Catch; National Geographic Explorer’s Surviving Everest; NBC’s Great Trango: A Mile High in Pakistan; and Matchstick Production’s Claim, filming extreme skiing in the Alps. In 2010, Surette partnered with pro-skier Chris Davenport to produce the independent adventure film Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey.
Surette has worked with a wide variety of cameras and formats—super 16 mm film to modern HD. He has also operated and rigged motion-control cable cameras for Sky Cam, Cable Cam, and Fly Cam, filming ESPN sports, X Games, and helicopter-accessed skiing for the feature film Steep.
His exploits on rock have been documented in feature articles in Climbing and Rock and Ice magazines, as well as the films Masters of Stone II and Uncommon Ground. He has ventured to the top of remote peaks in Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Baffin Island, Patagonia and Peru, and pioneered new, hard routes throughout New England and the Rocky Mountains. Surette is a native of the Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire.
Surette’s talk will be in the Academic and Student Activity Center (ASAC), Room 100 from 6-8 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The Adventure Speaker Series continues on February 5, 2014; the speaker has not yet been named. On March 5, Kevin Mahoney, owner of New Hampshire-based Mahoney Alpine Adventures, will lecture. Mahoney has been climbing for nearly two decades and is internationally certified by the IFMGA/UIAGM (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations/Union Internationale des Associations de Guides de Montagnes) in three disciplines: ski mountaineering, rock and alpine climbing. He has also instructed courses for the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association).
More on Jim Surette at: http://www.granitefilms.com
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