Documentary filmmaker and Loweprofessional Michael Coleman is passionate about environmental conservation and has channeled that passion into his work. With one short film about famed naturalist John Muir under his belt, Coleman has created a second, the release of which is planned to coincide with Muir’s 179th birthday on Friday, April 21st, and Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. Read more about Michael’s projects in his own words below.
John Muir urged people to experience nature so they would be inspired to defend it and save it. As a filmmaker, I felt that I could bring Muir’s words into today’s conversation about the environment and the importance of conservation and protection of our natural resources.
After my last short film, John Muir – Coming Home, I was contacted by Robert Hanna, Muir’s great-great grandson who really enjoyed my short. We started talking about Muir’s work and Robert put me in touch with Mike Wurtz, the Head of Holt-Atherton Archives and Special Collections at University of the Pacific Library who helped me capture images from Muir’s journals and early writings.
For this next short film, I captured over 20 locations throughout Northern California and the Sierra mountains including Yosemite Valley with the Sony FS7 4K camera and Yuneec 4K drone. I used the Pro Trekker 650 AW II and the Pro Roller X300 AW throughout the filming which allowed me to bring a wide range of lenses and a lightweight tripod.
Being a long time Lowepro user has allowed me to use a wide range of backpacks and roller bags for various types of environments and shooting styles. I really like the fact that all of the bags I’ve used come with the All Weather AW Cover™, which is useful when shooting in wet and cold climates. It is a simple cover but keeps the gear and bag incredibly dry, which is great when you get caught in unexpected weather.