Mountain Safety Logistics provides expert film production assistance throughout Alaska and the mountain West with services including professional safety coordination, urban and remote location scouting, high angle film guiding, project logistics and and a variety of other film production services.
For a resume of other MSL projects such as our safety courses and custom adventures, click here.
As our sister company and the only high-end film, television and commercial production services company in Alaska, MSL frequently collaborates with SprocketHeads, providing logistics, safety, and production management for a wide array of projects varying from TV commercials and product shoots; to feature presentations and adventure television series. They provide services including cinematography (DP Steven L. Rychetnik), post production, casting, creative, etc. Together, MSL and SprocketHeads have the ability to deliver a complete package for any high-end production company looking to work in Alaska. 2011-present
MSL has provided field production management for Alaska segments in several films TGR has produced since 2009. A recent project involved our team constructing and managing custom-built remote production camps with services including a media tent with satellite internet, cook tent with private chef, sleeping quarters, and even sauna and shower facilities. Multiple aircraft were used during production as well, requiring setup and operation of remote fueling stations. MSL’s turn-key approach to field production services allowed TGR’s crew and athletes to simply show up and immediately focus on their work. 2009-present
Working with our partner Conundrum Ventures, MSL provided guiding and mountain film production safety services for segments filmed in Alaska, assisting in day to day production, planning, and safety in the field for athletes and crew. We coordinated the use of helicopters, ski planes, and aerial drones to capture high-end snowboarding images. 2014-present.
MSL provided guide services in the Tordrillos in 2014 for Matchstick Productions, also known as MSP, for a 4 week trip to obtain footage for a film named Days of My Youth. The venture, in collaboration with Condundrum, included the use of a ski plane and 2 helicopters with accommodations at Winter Lake Lodge in Skwentna, AK. Also, in 2015 MSL handled all logistics, coordinated flight services, secured permits, arranged lodging, and provided full production management services including safety and risk management for MSP’s production, Fade to Winter.
MSL handled full logistics for a 3 week trip for Poor Boys Productions in order to obtain footage for their collaboration with Red Bull Media House for the 2013 film, Tracing Skylines. Logistics for the trip included boat transportation and lodging arrangements for a 4 day stay at Sentinel Island Lighthouse near Juneau,all amenities and supplies required for the stay, and on-site helicopter transportation coordination for cast and crew to various locations in the Taku and Southern Chilkat mountains.
Mountain Safety Logistics collaborated on a project with SprocketHeads and the State of Alaska to document current tourism activities throughout the state. The purpose of the project was to provide material for commercial advertisements distributed worldwide to attract tourists, and to update the State of Alaska’s tourism image database. MSL provided logistics, safety support, and production management for the project, which involved complex operations requiring transportation of film crew and equipment to over 40 different locations across Alaska. 2015
Original Media and National Geographic collaborated on this reality television series focusing on the challenges of transportation in remote parts of the Pacific Northwest. MSL provided logistical support, location scouting, production assistance, project management and program development for the portions of the series filmed in Aniak, Skwentna, and Talkeetna Alaska in 2014.
MSL provided logistical planning and support, safety equipment, trained support staff, and on-site emergency response personnel for a video production promoting a global adventure package for a European branch of Marlboro. Portions filmed in Alaska featured paddle boarders and sea kayakers in Resurrection Bay as well as ice climbers on the Matanuska Glacier. 2014
MSL provided on set safety and helicopter logistics support for their 2014 Wounded Warrior Project. For a video of the shoot, click here.
In April of 2015, MSL worked with the Lifeproof production team and some of the best snowboarding athletes in the world for a week-long backcountry adventure in Alaska. The project included helicopter access for snowboarding remote areas in the Talkeetna mountains, riding on Matanuska Glacier, and enjoying all the Alaskan lifestyle has to offer in the Knik River Valley. Mountain Safety Logistics provided location scouting, helicopter transportation, safety, and full on-site support.
For a behind the scenes account of the trip, read this article Mary-France Roy in Snowboard Magazine.
MSL provided location scouting, permitting, logistics and safety support for Dell Blue Studios for a promotional production featuring the new Dell Rugged Latitude 12 Tablet. Showcasing the durability of the tablet in industrial and outdoor settings, footage was taken in several locations including Matanuska Glacier, Jim Creek and the Knik River, Chugach State Park, and the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet. May 2015
In collaboration with our partner Conundrum Ventures, MSL provided helicopter safety support, safety equipment, a helicopter guide and PA for a catalogue photoshoot in the in the Alaska Range. Photos were taken hunting, exploring icebergs, riding horseback, fly fishing and exploring glaciers; all showcasing Filson’s tough outdoor product line with a backdrop of some of Alaska’s most mesmerizing scenery. July 2015
MSL provides Mountain Safety education and management services to a wide variety of commercial, professional, and private clientele. Risk management is a key component of all of our services and a solid foundation of knowledge is paramount to keeping everyone safe.
MSL also offers custom avalanche and mountain safety courses outside of the state of Alaska. One example is an annual custom workshop that our guides organize for TGR’s (Teton Gravity Research) athletes and production crew at the beginning of each season. Known as the IPRW, or International Pro Rider Workshop, the yearly three day course typically includes avalanche class, general mountain safety, and medical; with outside specialists frequently hired by MSL to focus on special topics and enhance the overall experience. The focus of the course is hazard identification and mitigation with each customized course specially built for the appropriate staff training goals.
Helping provide inspiration and funding for the betterment of mountain communities, Alpine Initiatives is a snow sport non-profit focusing on social and environmental issues. Through a partnership with AI, Mountain Safety and Logistics has developed backcountry awareness courses aimed at the next generation of rippers and shredders, encouraging the youngsters to enter the backcountry and all it has to offer, but to do it safely and teach proper protocols. These are FREE courses conducted in conjunction with National Ski Patrol at local ski areas.
Alaska Avalanche School is the state’s premier provider of avalanche education, instructing hundreds of students both in the field and the classroom on avalanche preparedness, safety, and rescue. Mountain Safety Logistics is an American Avalanche Association certified instructor, teaching level one, two, and three Avy courses. Instruction and training takes place throughout Alaska for backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. For more information about classes, scheduling, and customized courses, please visit the Alaska Avalanche School website http://www.alaskaavalancheschool.com