What was the scope of their involvement?
We wanted to discuss how people could travel through the region, and what the land means to people in the area. Our agency wants people to visit the region safely, and with the interest of each land management. KNHO directed a series of films based on guided travel, intending to gain insight into the local perspective of the region. San Juan County is a big part of the state, as well as a controversial one, with the designation of Bears Ears National Monument.
We ended up producing four series from the region. I acted as producer and pulled in all the production details, from locations to the people and storyboarding. We had drone usage on the shoot, along with interviews on location. Our team worked with a bike packing guide, a Navajo guide, and with cattle ranchers, who took us out in the field on their horses. The cattle ranchers showed our team the day in the life of a cowboy.
There’s a lot of archeology, sites, and rock art in the region. We wanted to tell visitors to respect those and leave no trace while visiting these places. Our team also worked with the Bureau of Land Management’s archeology department and the head archeologist at Edge of the Cedars State Park, to give an insight on protecting the landscape.
KNHO Film saw the creative vision through. Their team took what I gave them, then came in to direct the shots. They oversaw direction as well as postproduction, including editing. During post, their team made sure that the concepts we needed to come across were a linear storyline.
What is the team composition?
I worked with a director, two cameramen, and a time-lapse photographer. The director and one of the cameramen also acted as the drone operators. They all contributed to the sound recording.
How did you come to work with KNHO Film?
KNHO Film worked on a piece with the director of our office, who’s also the executive director of the film commission. She was awarded through Visit Salt Lake City, and their team filmed all the honorees for a small video. She passed our team their information, saying they were excellent to work with.
After watching their corporate video, I was impressed with how interesting they made it. I looked at other videos on their site and saw that they tended to be location-based projects. I thought KNHO Film would be an excellent fit because their team was great at illustrating those stories.
How much have you invested with them?
We spent between $60,000–$65,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
Preproduction began in March 2018. We shot across a week in May, and we published the videos in August of that year.