Matt Standal

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

Posts by Matt Standal

Japan’s First Heli and Cat Op Takes Flight

The HBC heli landing on Shiribetsu-Dake with Mt. Yotei in the background. 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
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Hokkaido Backcountry Project accepted to Whistler Film Fest

? I’m proud to say that my Kickstarter-funded film “The Hokkaido Backcountry Project” has been accepted to the Whistler Film Festival, and will premiere Thursday, Dec. 3, alongside Mike Douglas’ amazing film Eclipse. So much credit goes to the professional guides, skiers, and wonderful local people of Niseko, Japan for helping me tell the story of the history
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Greg Hill, Niseko, Japan

Sneak Preview – Editing the Hokkaido Backcountry Project

Arc’teryx athlete Greg Hill dives into the powder at Niseko resort after a huge overnight snowfall. 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
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Shooting the USA Wrestling World Team Trials

  Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs at the USA Team World Trials in Madison, WI 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, both while working at KTVB
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Creating a professional documentary by the numbers – cost, flexibility, time

Compact and portable, the Panasonic GH4 shoots 4K video and fits in the palm of your hand. This was my go-to camera for the documentary, and it survived months of abuse.   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
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Creating the Hokkaido Backcountry Project

Pilot Inada-san lands his helicopter on Shiribetsu-Dake in the Hokkaido Backcountry – Photo: Clayton Kernaghan 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
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Shooting ‘Survivor’ in Nicaragua

Here’s a self portrait after skinny dipping in a dirty lake on top of a volcano in order to wash an itchy rash off my butt. The rash started spreading from my wrists to my arms, then the back of my hands swelled up. I was hiking through the Nicaraguan jungle – a cloud forest
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Trinity Ridge Fire — one year later

I recently had the opportunity to mountain bike into the popular Trinity Lakes area in the Boise National Forest before peak season. My objective was to survey and photograph the damage left by the 140,000-acre Trinity Ridge Fire in 2012. I knew the jeep road to the peaks would be closed, so I loaded up my
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Beautiful landscapes with a budget DSLR

After several years of shooting only video and news stills, I recently began working to produce higher quality landscape images with my budget priced Canon T3i DSLR. Living in beautiful southwest Idaho is my excuse — and a good one, I might add. Since I’m shooting on a cropped sensor, 18 megapixel, Canon T3i DSLR,
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Data Projects — The New Journalism

  The line between journalist and coder is beginning to blur. These days, more TV stations and newspapers are jumping on the mobile app bandwagon, forming development teams made of journalists and quasi-journalist progammers. Many of their projects (products) are justifiably aimed at bringing an organization’s news content to mobile devices such as iPhones, Android
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