Athan Merrick

Cinematographer + Director of Photography Vancouver, BC
Posts Tagged ‘cinematography’

Athan Merrick Cinematographer Demo Reel 2016

Demo Reel for 2016 consisting of projects from 2015 and before. Includes all aspects of my work. Commercial, music video, narrative, documentary, action sports, wildlife, and more. Some believe in having a few different reels that focus on each specific genre of work. I strongly believe that every type of job informs every other type. My action sports background is beneficial to my commercial work. My narrative work is beneficial to wildlife filming. I am proud of the diversity of work I have shot and believe it makes me a stronger cinematographer no matter the genre.

Based in Vancouver, BC with Canadian permanent residency and US citizenship so I can work on both sides of the border.

Athan Merrick Cinematographer Demo Reel 2016 from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.

Mutant Madness

Director and Director of Photography on :60 sec spot for Mutant and their new Madness pre workout formula. Shot on Red Epic Dragon with Lomo Anamorphics.

Hell Below: Smithsonian Channel

Camera Operator for 6 episode documentary series that is largely recreations of events based on interviews with historians, so most of the show is shot in a narrative fashion. Hell Below is broadcast on Smithsonian Channel and National Geographic Channel.
Produced by Parallax Films.

Intro to Hell Below: Atlantic Showdown from Parallax Film on Vimeo.

Nature of Things: Eagles Next Door: CBC

Camera Operator and all aerial cinematography on one hour broadcast documentary for CBC, Nature of Things: Eagles Next Door.
Production by Parallax Films.

The Eagles Next Door for CBC's The Nature of Things from Parallax Film on Vimeo.

Mazda Dreams

Cinematographer on 2 of the stories for promo film Mazda Dreams for Mazda matching the style of previously shot stories. Production by Etch Media.

Conquering the Useless

Cinematographer on full length 2015 film Conquering the Useless for Team 13.

TRAILER: CONQUERING THE USELESS from Team Thirteen on Vimeo.

Mutant Birthday Cake

Director of Photography on :60 sec spot for Mutant and their new Pro 100 Protein Powder with Director Jonathan Mcfarlane.
Shot on Red Epic Dragon with Fujinon cinema zoom.

Bout – Short Film

Director of Photography on Bout, a narrative short film. Directed by Shane Brar. Official selection of VISAFF and FILMI film festivals. This trailer that is available online is not final colour and is not letterboxed where original framing was for 2.35:1.

BOUT trailer from Selfless Pictures on Vimeo.

Bahama Blue – Love Nature

Camera Operator for six episode wildlife series for Love Nature TV and Discovery International. Produced by Parallax Film Productions.

Bahama Blue Title Sequence from Parallax Film on Vimeo.

The Malibu Fable

Director, DOP, and editor for documentary for Peak Performance Clothing featuring Dave Treadway, his young family, and Willie Goldman. Produced by Dendrite Studios. Winner Best Short Film Cinematography FESCINAT. Winner Sierra Nevada Award for Action Sports The Mountain Film Festival. Official Selection of The Edinburgh Mountain, Rossland Mountain, IF3, High Five, Cold Smoke, Kendal Mountain, UptoFest, and Andrenalin Film Festivals.

The Malibu Fable from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.

Lost Wilderness – Feature Film

Director of Photography on Lost Wilderness, a narrative feature film. This film was extremely challenging to shoot. Minimal gear and crew, with producer selected hacked GH2 camera packages (very low dynamic range), in dense forest, in the middle of sunny summer. Basically a camera stress test nightmare for the selected package that unfortunately could not be changed due to budgetary reasons. Directed by Garnet Campbell and Wes Sargent.

ZGF Architects – Venter Institute

A promotional film I shot and edited for Hedrich Blessing Photographers and their client ZGF Architects. The building is for the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California and is a very environmentally progressive, net zero building. The institute is famous for mapping the human genome.

World's First Net-Zero Energy Laboratory from ZGF Architects LLP on Vimeo.

Almost Ablaze

Cinematographer on full length 2014 film Almost Ablaze for clients Teton Gravity Research. Winner Film of the Year IF3. Movie of the Year Powder Awards. Official selection of Banff Mountain Film Festival. Over 200 premieres in cities around the globe.

Awarded “Film Of The Year” at the 2014 International Freeski Film Festival. TGR’s Almost Ablaze is a global odyssey combining state-of-the-art cinematography and the most progressive riding on The Planet. Experience a new level of sensory overload as each athlete is wired for sound, immersing the audience completely in the moment. Watch as athletes push the edge to realize a heightened state.

Almost Ablaze highlights stunning locations, next-level riding, and the globetrotting lifestyle of these thrill-seeking athletes. The crew sets up camp deep in the Teton Range hitting 5,000-foot dream lines all on foot. Check out urban riding in the war-torn Winter Olympic venues of Sarajevo. Explore the massive untapped terrain of Sella Nevea, Italy during a record winter where they struggle to keep lifts and chalets from completely disappearing into the snow. Finally, feel the madness as TGR’s full cast of athletes meets in Revelstoke for a mind-blowing session producing some of the most diverse riding in the world. Almost Ablaze takes you beyond the boundaries. Experience a rarely seen state of being and level of excitement where one missed step will result in total chaos.

“The Edge…There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others-the living-are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later. But the edge is still Out there.”
-Hunter S. Thompson

Featured Athletes:
Angel Collinson, Chris laker, Colter Hinchliffe, Dana Flahr, Dane Tudor, Dash Longe, Dylan Hood, Griffin Post, Ian McIntosh, Jonny Collinson, Joss Christensen, Karl Fostvedt, Mark Carter, Max Hammer, Nick Mcnutt, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Tim Durtschi, Todd Ligare

Featured Location:
Grand Targhee Resort, Jackson Hole Wyoming, Juneau AK, La Grave France, Revelstoke British Columbia, Sarajevo Bosnia, Selkirk Tangiers Heliskiing, Sella Nevea Italy

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Demo Reel 2013

Cinematography Demo Reel shot on a variety of formats from film to digital. SD to 5k.
Based in Vancouver, BC. Canadian Permanent Resident and US Citizen so I can work on both sides of the border and qualify for tax incentives.
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Skittles Beard Man

Director of Photography on :60 sec spot for Skittles with Director Billy Wong of BLM Films.

Way of Life

Trailer from full length 2013 film Way of Life for clients Teton Gravity Research that I was a cinematographer on. Spent all winter shooting in Austria, Interior BC, and the Neacola Mountains in Alaska. Over 200 premieres in cities around the globe.

For some, embracing the mountains is not just part of life—it’s a way of life. The search for snow shapes not only how they approach these peaks, but also how they approach the world. And whether athletes spend their days dropping first descents in Alaska, lapping the local mountain, or training for the Olympics, they’re part of a community built around a shared passion. The bonds that form from this community transcend continents and cultures, transforming strangers into friends. After all, a smile on a powder day needs no translation.

Shot on location in 2013, Teton Gravity Research’s Way of Life takes you on a journey to the mountains and inside the minds of today’s top athletes. With stunning imagery created with GSS, Red Cinema, and the Sony Action Cam, this film explores the origins of skiing in Austria, the search for original lines in Alaska, and the U.S. Freeskiing Team’s quest for Olympic gold. The adventure also leads athletes to the rugged terrain of Jackson Hole and the Tetons, as well as the backcountry of British Columbia. Regardless of the terrain they ride, the athletes featured in Way of Life push the boundaries of what’s possible. This journey takes them across the globe as they form a brotherhood that needs no language.

Featured Athletes:
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Tim Durtschi, Sammy Carlson, Dash Longe, Dana Flahr, Todd Ligare, Griffin Post, Angel Collison, Ian McIntosh, Dylan Hood, John Spriggs, Colter Hinchliffe, Max Hammer, Daniel Tisi, Willie Borm, and the US Olympic Freeskiing Team

Featured Locations:
Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Neacola Range, Alaska, Fieberbrunn, Austria; St. Anton, Austria; Zillertal-Hachfugen, Austria; Red Mountain, British Columbia; Stellar Heli, British Columbia; Selkirk Wilderness, British Columbia; Kootenay Rockies, British Columbia; Cooke City, Montana; Mammoth Mountain, California.

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Song: The Prince Is Coming – Araab Muzik

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Sacrifice

Director, Cinematographer, Editor for this piece highlighting pro skier Maxim Arsenault shot in Whistler and Vancouver, BC. Produced by Dendrite Studios.

Maxim Arsenault continues his rise among the big mountain skiing elite by charging and stomping with his 2012 segment.

Sacrifice is an offering to Ullr the God of Snow, so he may bless us with deep and plentiful pow. Rumors spread this fall throughout our home mountain of Whistler that we were due for a low tide season after multiple record breaking years. Dendrite decided to challenge that notion with this offering of skiing and a beautiful woman as we heard Ullr enjoys such pleasures. Did it work? While we were editing this piece Whistler received 121 cms over the last 7 days. Coincidence? We think not.

This is also a gift to the male ski bums of the world. They sacrifice many things to live the dream. One of those is most likely the comfort of a lady. Ski town ladies are among the most beautiful and rad females around! But the simple fact remains that in many ski towns, guys outnumber ladies by 10 to 1. That leaves many out in the cold.

So cheers to Ullr and cheers to ski bums…both the guys and the gals, you all rule! Here’s to a bountiful harvest this winter!

Skier…Maxim Arsenault
Directed, Cinematography, Edit…Athan Merrick
Produced By…Dendrite Studios
Skiing Footage Courtesy of…Teton Gravity Research
Model…Uli Krown
Make Up…Jennifer Ruth
Lighting/Camera Assistant…Adam Braverman
Music…Little Foot Long Foot, Neko Case Hate F**ks Kurt Cobain

The P.I. Experiment

Director of Photography for 22 minute comedy TV Pilot The P.I. Experiment. Directed by Ani Kyd.

Let’s Go Get Small

Cinematographer for documentary for Peak Performance Clothing featuring Dave Treadway and Henrik Windstedt. Produced by Norseman Productions and Directed by Fred Arne Wergeland. Official Selection of Banff Mountain Film Festival and IF3 and winner of The Explorer’s Award at The Cold Smoke Awards. Trailer below.

TLH Heliskiing and Epic Planks

Cinematography for promotional Video for TLH Heliskiing and Epic Planks Skis featuring Alex Blais, Danny Arnold, Jon Whelan, Maxim Arsenault, and Matt Elliott. Produced by Dendrite Studios.

Evoc Team Edit

Cinematography for promotional Video for the Evoc North American Ski Team featuring Dave Treadway, Daryl Treadway, and Matt Elliott. Produced by Dendrite Studios.

Swany Gloves Product Training

Cinematographer and Producer on this Dendrite Studios produced piece with Nicolas Teichrob completing the post production. 1 of a series of 5 product videos for Swany Gloves on specific products or technologies to help train sales staff at stores and cut costs by not having to send reps out to do specific training days on product.

Unilever’s Ades – Boys of Parkour

Director of Photography on :90 sec spot for Unilever’s latin american sports drink Ades with Director Billy Wong of BLM Films.

Pepperidge Farm Cracker Chips – Bachelorette Party

Director of Photography on :60 sec spot for Pepperidge Farm with Director Billy Wong of BLM Films.