National Geographic Live: Capturing the Impossible
Originally an expedition kayaker, Smith was inspired to take up cinematography while protesting a hydroelectric dam project that threatened the rivers near his hometown in British Columbia. The film 49 Megawatts, documenting the controversy over the river-based energy production and extreme kayaking, launched his film career. He has since paddled steep rivers in India, Peru, and Russia.
Smith has built up a strong reputation in both television documentary and commercial cinematography. In 2010, he earned a National Geographic grant for his work in Kamchatka, Russia, and launched into digital media co-producing and directing The Season web TV series. He has worked as a field producer and director of photography for National Geographic on shows including Alaska Wing Men, Explorer, Nat Geo Amazing, and Monster Fish. Most recently, he co-produced and directed The Man Who Can Fly, a 60-minute special for the National Geographic Channel Explorer series.
His client list includes National Geographic Channel, Discovery Network, Disney, Red Bull, Patagonia, New Belgium Brewery, Arcteryx, and more.
National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in a variety of cities around the world, including, Seattle, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Calgary. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. For more information, visit natgeolive.com.
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