With the birth of Saint West Filmworks still recent, the team (Scott Rieckens, Matt Jensen and Matt Mangham) sought out a collaboration that would really propel the launch of this new brand in the wake leaving behind their baby, FortyOneTwenty. In the end they connected with Story & Heart, a high quality, story-driven stock footage site, and the idea for a road trip to their headquarters in Portland was born.
The opportunities for beautiful imagery are endless on the way up to Portland regardless of the route you take, and ultimately the guys chose to head east of the Sierras for a mountainous experience. I was along for the ride, snapping beauty shots and behind the scenes photos on our way through San Diego, Mono Lake, Angora Lake, Chiloquin, and finally Portland, stopping on the side of the road a few times for some aerial footage and night photography.
The fruit of their labors should be available on Story & Heart's beautiful database in the next month or so, as well as a few tutorials the Saint West fellas made for the S&H Academy of Storytellers. Also be on the lookout for a full length behind the scenes video, shot by Story & Heart's very own Zippy Etzel, who stuck it out with us the entire way. Below are the selects from the trip, enjoy!