The Things They Carry: Renan Ozturk’s Expedition Filmmaking Setup

August 13, 2015

By Conor Risch


Ozturk’s setup for a two-month expedition to Burma, with the co-director of the documentary film, Taylor Rees, “hiding” amongst the gear. Ozturk brought a carbon fiber RED Dragon, a Sony A7s, Zeiss CP.2 lenses and a DJI drone on the trip. He eventually lost the drone—plus another one he bought off of a Japanese expedition—in the dense jungle.

“In the mountains, a lot of times speed is safety,” says filmmaker, photographer and professional climber Renan Ozturk. His work documenting expeditions for clients like National Geographic and The North Face requires that he juggle the intense physical and psychological demands of climbing with the desire to push forward the style and substance of expedition filmmaking. The pro climbers who...

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