Matt Standal

Photojournalist, reporter, writer, skier and former professional scuba diving instructor

Posts by Matt Standal

Walking on Waterfalls in Jasper National Park

Staring into a mist of freezing water flowing down a 10-meter chute, I asked the obvious question: “I haven’t rappelled in 15 years … can’t you just lower me down?” “No, we made a plan to rappel, so we’re sticking to it,” said my grizzled, French-Canadian guide. His voice was drowned out by the current’s
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Why I Drove 800 miles to Canada for an Avalanche Class

  Two bighorn rams stood peacefully in the icy roadway while semi trucks and Subarus swerved around them. Welcome to British Columbia in November. I was driving in third gear down Kootenai pass in a snowstorm, headed to the Monashee Mountains to study snow. A nearby sign read “Avalanche Area, No Stopping.” I slowed down
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Exploring America’s National Parks for a Living

Exploring America’s protected wildlands is both a dream job and a challenge. Just ask my fellow crew members on ABC’s Rock the Park, produced by Tremendous Entertainment in Minneapolis. We’ve been lucky enough to visit secret waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest, tromp through giant cave formations in New Mexico, traverse remote Alaskan glaciers, and explore abandoned
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Searching the USA for Tiny Homes

Exploring tiny spaces with a small video camera can produce big results. That’s the winning recipe for “Tiny House Hunting” on the FYI Network. Imagine you’re inside a 300 square-foot apartment in an up-and-coming Boston neighborhood. Sure there’s not much space, but the price tag isn’t bad either. Maybe it’s just the place for a young
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Japan’s First Heli and Cat Op Takes Flight

UPDATE: The Hokkaido Backcountry Club has been awarded “World’s Best Heli Ski Operator” at the 2016 World Ski Awards in Kitzbuhel, Austria, Nov. 19, 2016 Deep inside a secret government facility in Tokyo is a master list of things that shouldn’t happen in the pristine wilderness of Japan. Things like being excessively loud and boisterous, ignoring
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Hokkaido Backcountry Project accepted to Whistler Film Fest

Some of you might know that I’ve been posting about Hokkaido, Japan for the past year, and working on a documentary film that touches on backcountry access, ski touring, helicopter skiing, and cat skiing in Hokkaido. Well, I’m proud to say that my Kickstarter-funded film “The Hokkaido Backcountry Project” has been accepted to the Whistler
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Greg Hill, Niseko, Japan

Sneak Preview – Editing the Hokkaido Backcountry Project

Sick of summer yet? If you’re in the northern hemisphere, chances are you’re thinking about biking, boats and fresh cut grass right now. Not me. I’ve been editing video and creating sneak previews of the Hokkaido Backcountry Project Kickstarter final cut. The first video was taken in February during an awesome, snowy, photo shoot with the
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Shooting the USA Wrestling World Team Trials

  I’ve been fortunate to meet and interview several Olympic athletes while working as a journalist, and it’s always a great opportunity. My memorable interviews include Olympic gold-medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong and gold-medal halfpipe snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington while working at KTVB in Idaho. However, last Saturday’s event was a bit different. That’s because I was fortunate
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Creating a professional documentary by the numbers – cost, flexibility, time

How do I produce a documentary video shot over five months on a very small budget? That’s a question I’ve been trying to answer solve since October 2014, when I began planning my first documentary film, The Hokkaido Backcountry Project. I knew there would be three major factors to consider: buying a camera, building my
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Creating the Hokkaido Backcountry Project

I’ve been working with Black Diamond Lodge in Niseko, Japan along with Dragon Helicopter from the island of Honshu to create the Hokkaido Backcountry Project Kickstarter. Building a Kickstarter can be difficult — especially when you’re working with partners in different time zones. To better pursue our goal, I have researched and built a custom
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