The crew

Chris Smead


Producer, Director of Photography, Editor, Motion Graphics

At this point Chris has logged over 70 treks in the wild. Known for outdoor adventure films such as The High Sierra Trail and Highline.  His goal is to create an immersive experience with multiple dimensions:  The modern adventure, the history, and the wide variety of human emotions that are inherent with any backcountry experience. 

Gordon Gurley


Director of Photography, Editor, Location Sound

Gordy has over 20 years of experience as a cinematographer, as well as decades of music recording experience. 

He's instrumental in capturing footage both on and off the trail.   Gordy also acts as a vital second set of eyes and consultant during the editing phase to ensure quality is high and the story is told in a way that is cohesive and engaging.

Post Production

Alex Knickerbocker - Sound Designer


 Alex has done it all. From recording sound for military aircraft,  desolate Arctic winds, to intimate details of moving cloth. He was  nominated twice for a Golden Reel Award for his work on the TV series Mr Robot, and We The Marines. His  talent for capturing the ambience and small details of sound will be leveraged to convey the story and help provide a seamless and natural link between picture and sound.

Bill Meadows - Rerecording Mixer


 Bill has 27 years of technical sound experience and has worked on everything from The Revenant, to Pitch Perfect, to The Fast and the Furious.   His skillset, coupled with years of backpacking experience are a perfect match for this project.  He'll be polishing the audio we captured in the field and turning it into a 5.1 surround mix that aims to immerse the viewer into the story.

Jacen Spector - Graphic Artist / Marketing

Jacen is a long time friend and collaborator, avid hiker, marketing  cons

Jacen is a long time friend and collaborator, avid hiker, marketing  consultant, and artistic visionary.  His his graphical contributions are adding a stylized and professional look to each episode.

Emma Massick - Social Media Strategist / Marketing


Emma is an avid backpacker, social media strategist, and outreach manager.  She's helping us formulate a marketing strategy that leverages social media and relationships to help us get the word out into the world.

Erik Mommsen - Musical Score


Each episode of Chronicles From the Wild is like a film.  It's shot in a cinematic way, and it tells a story from start to finish.  So it made sense to score it as such.   Experienced musician and long time friend Erik Mommsen of Tiny Lunatic Music was the obvious choice for the job.  His musical compositions pull you into the story, and his unique styling adds a flavor that is fundamental to the "feel' of each episode.  

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Bruce Goodman - Colorist


Avid backpacker and professional colorist.  Bruce has worked on  countless Hollywood blockbuster films as well as documentaries like Mile, Mile and A Half. Bruce will be color grading each shot to ensure a professional and vibrant look that helps to convey the experience and story.