Matt Standal

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

Posts by Matt Standal

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 just
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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

Shooting scenic video of Boston Harbor in 2015, part of my job as a cameraman on “Tiny House Hunting” as seen on the FYI Network – Photo: Mike Nolan Exploring tiny spaces with a small video camera can result in successful TV. That’s the winning recipe for “Tiny House Hunting” on the FYI Network. Imagine
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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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