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Old 11-11-2008, 02:08 PM   #1
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Name is Alex and I am from Canada. I was talking to my brother earlier and he was telling me how he is having a hard time finding interesting things about Alaska. Broad, I know... Here's a little more info.

My brother is a director of Photography for a living. In other words, he shoots reality shows, commercials, music videos, documentaries, and other features as such. He has a client that ordered a documentary on Alaska. First, he needs to put together a list of interesting facts about Alaska. These are facts that he would then use to shoot on film for the documentary.

At which point I figured I could turn to our wonderful and very helpful Subaru community for some help. Its simple basic things like what the industry there is like what it is based on. How the people live there in terms of life style and all that. Things that would stand out to someone that lives in Europe for example.

In anyway, feel free to add you testimony in here and make suggestions on the sort of things to look into. I am also pretty sure that he will be doing type of interviews and speaking with various people from up there and such, should this project go through. It may even be one of you, if you would be willing to demonstrate the type of life style you live in on film. However, before any of that can even be discussed or planned, he needs to put a list of things together that he can put on film and make the documentary a good and interesting one for someone to watch that lives on a different continent.

Thanks to all of you for your help in advance!

EDIT: My brother emailed me and asked that I post this for him to clarify things further

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Thanks bro.

I wouldn’t say “he couldn’t find any interesting things” though, that’s offensive to people who live there bro! J

What I would say is “I am having hard time finding some personal stores and unusual topics for my documentary” The film is actually about Anchorage, not whole Alaska. What I need to know is what city’s people are like, and what they like doing, are there any special routines or events that are “city’s character”? For example, do people spend more time in bars in the winter because of the short day? And what interests me most – is there a point to go and shoot anything there during the winter (besides the short days)? Or is it better to come up during the summer? Can you post these for me bro?
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:32 PM   #2
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Hey fellow Ontarian

my wife AKLGT on here probably could give some answers to stuff. She's been here since 92 or something like that. She likes the film light too... if there are news crews... theres the wife lol. She'd be happy to be on TV.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:36 PM   #3
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the outdoor lifestyle is what AK is all about.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:37 PM   #4
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Thanks Mavrik! I've seen her posting n LGT.com forum. I made this same thread on the Alaska section up there as well. Thanks for the heads up
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:39 PM   #5
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the outdoor lifestyle is what AK is all about.
Good comment. A new question from that arises: what is the lifestyle all about then? What's a typical day? How is it like..?
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:48 PM   #6
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Good comment. A new question from that arises: what is the lifestyle all about then? What's a typical day? How is it like..?
I'm originally from an island in the Bering Sea-St. George. After my Father passed away my Mom moved us to the "big" city here in Anchorage and I can tell you the lifestyles couldn't be further removed. Anchorage is like any other small town in the norhtwest and I presume like many in Canada though I've never been. Growing up on St. George was very different. I'm 37 and when I tell people my age I had no TV till I was 7 they look at me like I have three heads. No phone service till I was 8 or 9 years old and now the heads each have a crown on top. Subsistence hunting was the norm. Hunting and fishing required knowledge of the seasons,not a permit. After living here on the mainland since I was 15 there are things I miss but like most communities in the bush St. George is sadly a dying village. I guess you really can't go home. A typical day would vary greatly depending on what part of the state you are living in. As for history I'm no expert but there is a great deal of it here going back to the days when Alaska belonged to Russia.

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Old 11-11-2008, 02:54 PM   #7
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Well my wife and I ride MTN bikes year round, hiking,skate skiing,snownshoeing,etc. It just depends
on the day and time of year, some folks are die hard fishermen, hunters, trappers. Then there is the die hard auto crowd , we auto-x,rally-x,road rally,drags,and the steet pimp crowd, I guess I'm forgeting things but those folks will chime in.

Oh yea don't forget the snowmachiners, that's a huge group.
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:03 PM   #8
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Thanks Mavrik! I've seen her posting n LGT.com forum. I made this same thread on the Alaska section up there as well. Thanks for the heads up

Yeah thats her second home lol
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:18 PM   #9
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My advice (and shameless plug) have him go to alaskahdtv.com

It's a show my brother and his partner do, and has gotten a lot of positive attention, and is basically alaska-centric and all done in (duh) HD. Hell, you can have him go to a Fred Meyer next time he is state-side and they run their show on all their HD TV's during the day.

It's a great way for him to see the outdoorsy stuff Alaska offers.

As far as other fun things go, Alaska really isn't that different from anywhere else, just smaller population really. I ride an R6 during the summer and have my car, go to movies and hang out/eat with friends, go camping occasionally, hunting things like that.

A typical day for me is waking up, working, and then dicking around doing whatever interests me until I go to sleep :P

Oh yeah I occasionally wrestle bears and box with caribou.
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:57 PM   #10
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Hey fellow Ontarian

my wife AKLGT on here probably could give some answers to stuff. She's been here since 92 or something like that. She likes the film light too... if there are news crews... theres the wife lol. She'd be happy to be on TV.
ha ha ha.

there are so many interesting things about Alaska. Mavrik is from just London ONT area, so we visit about once every year or so. I cannot believe your brother cannot find interesting things about this great state. I LOVE this place.

We have mountains, wildlife, oil, just about anything and everything here. Though I'm not quite the outdoors person I used to be, there is still much to be offered up here. We have a great community up here.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:11 PM   #11
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Amazing responses!! Thank you all! I am going to forward this thread to my brother so that should hopefully help him and get an idea of where to start. If I should have any other questions, I'll be sure to add here

You guys all rock!!

Mavrik and AKLGT, next time you guys are in London, or plan on it, give us locals a shout. Maybe we can do some type of a beer run or something
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:23 PM   #12
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Amazing responses!! Thank you all! I am going to forward this thread to my brother so that should hopefully help him and get an idea of where to start. If I should have any other questions, I'll be sure to add here

You guys all rock!!

Mavrik and AKLGT, next time you guys are in London, or plan on it, give us locals a shout. Maybe we can do some type of a beer run or something
ya, last Aug, we were there and had a small meet at D&B. i guess most of the guys hang out on the toronto subie forums or something, forget what it's called (i signed up last year...)
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:33 PM   #13
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We have mountains, wildlife, oil, just about anything and everything here. Though I'm not quite the outdoors person I used to be, there is still much to be offered up here. We have a great community up here.
Is our constant interaction with wildlife unique to Alaska? People in Eagle River see bears, everyone has to be aware of moose (which affects bus stops and general awareness when one is just going outside to start their vehicle), and our sled dog races are popular.

Also worth mention are Fur Rondy, certain traditions at the State Fair, and unique living environments (such as trailer homes next to two story homes with large lots). Property values are interesting to study around Anchorage as well.
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:01 PM   #14
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Amazing responses!! Thank you all! I am going to forward this thread to my brother so that should hopefully help him and get an idea of where to start. If I should have any other questions, I'll be sure to add here

You guys all rock!!

Mavrik and AKLGT, next time you guys are in London, or plan on it, give us locals a shout. Maybe we can do some type of a beer run or something
Yeah I'm always up for some beer when in London lol
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:48 PM   #15
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Wow the great responces keep coming in! I sent the link to my brother, I'm sure it'll help a lot!

D&B? I live so close to there!

I think you are referring to toronto-subaru-club.com? Also on there, as a vendor.
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:49 PM   #16
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yes, that is what i was talking about.
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geez Phil and here i thought you were a farm boy from Alberta???

I'm a transplant from the Yukon and honestly, if you were to take the lifestyle from Whitehorse (if you are familiar with that) add another 300 thousand people you'd get close to the feel and idea of what life is like here...
things others have touched on such aste fur-rondy events, events a the local mountain resort (i think there is a subaru classic right??) and other things to get everyone out to the great outdoors once in a while, are the highlights to daily life in the snow, sun, cold, warm of an urban place in the north.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:23 PM   #18
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My advice (and shameless plug) have him go to alaskahdtv.com

It's a show my brother and his partner do, and has gotten a lot of positive attention, and is basically alaska-centric and all done in (duh) HD. Hell, you can have him go to a Fred Meyer next time he is state-side and they run their show on all their HD TV's during the day.

It's a great way for him to see the outdoorsy stuff Alaska offers.

As far as other fun things go, Alaska really isn't that different from anywhere else, just smaller population really. I ride an R6 during the summer and have my car, go to movies and hang out/eat with friends, go camping occasionally, hunting things like that.

A typical day for me is waking up, working, and then dicking around doing whatever interests me until I go to sleep :P

Oh yeah I occasionally wrestle bears and box with caribou.
thats really funny, i watch that show religiously and had no idea that it had ties to nasioc. anyway to the op just have him go to a hotel in anchorage and watch the tourist channel, plenty of info there. plus i can't imagine its that hard to make a documentary on alaska seeing how there is a new show about it on tv every other night.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:25 PM   #19
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geez Phil and here i thought you were a farm boy from Alberta???
nah I'm a farm boy from Ontario.

When was your brother thinking about doing his filming? That would give us a better idea about whats in season.
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Learn something new everyday I guess.

My brother emailed me back, and requested that I post the following information to clarify further

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I wouldn’t say “he couldn’t find any interesting things” though, that’s offensive to people who live there bro! J

What I would say is “I am having hard time finding some personal stores and unusual topics for my documentary” The film is actually about Anchorage, not whole Alaska. What I need to know is what city’s people are like, and what they like doing, are there any special routines or events that are “city’s character”? For example, do people spend more time in bars in the winter because of the short day? And what interests me most – is there a point to go and shoot anything there during the winter (besides the short days)? Or is it better to come up during the summer? Can you post these for me bro?
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Learn something new everyday I guess.

My brother emailed me back, and requested that I post the following information to clarify further
Short days during winter are a challenge but there are absolutely stunning pics and/or cinematic shots to be had. The range of activities is almost endless. I can't speak for everyone but I don't think winter slows many people up here down. Snowmachining of course,snowshoing,skiing,snowboarding. During the winter months there is Fur Rondy, The Iditarod Sleddog Race,etc. I think http://www.anchorage.net/445.cfm would be a good place to start and more local input for sure as questions arise.
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thats really funny, i watch that show religiously and had no idea that it had ties to nasioc. anyway to the op just have him go to a hotel in anchorage and watch the tourist channel, plenty of info there. plus i can't imagine its that hard to make a documentary on alaska seeing how there is a new show about it on tv every other night.
Haha, thats awesome, I didn't realize anyone from Nasioc watched it. Yep, Scott is my big brother (although we don't look alike me being adopted n all).

As an FYI he has been wanting to do more about the automotive going-ons in Alaska for his show, so I've been working with him to come up with something.

I'll keep ya'll posted.
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Short days during winter are a challenge but there are absolutely stunning pics and/or cinematic shots to be had. The range of activities is almost endless. I can't speak for everyone but I don't think winter slows many people up here down. Snowmachining of course,snowshoing,skiing,snowboarding. During the winter months there is Fur Rondy, The Iditarod Sleddog Race,etc. I think http://www.anchorage.net/445.cfm would be a good place to start and more local input for sure as questions arise.
I have to agree. winter time = Holiday season time and that's my BUSY time. but unlike other people in warmer climates, the die hard shoppers will freeze our asses off all night long standing in line at best Buy. Winter doesn't slow us down at all. Though i do believe that I prefer to do any nights out on the town in the summer when it's still light out and I'm not gonna freeze walking around. Fur Rondy is always a good time and fun if you're looking for a specific time in the winter. and of course, there's HOCKEY! Go Aces!!!! It also looks like we may be doing a winter rallyx season of about 4 events. Can't wait for that!
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People in Alaska like to have sex. So, the documentary should be a porn. The more porn the better.
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People in Alaska like to have sex. So, the documentary should be a porn. The more porn the better.
Should we call it "Damion and Alex make a Porno" ?
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