Confessions of a hack filmer.

Yeah. I am not a trained and schooled filmer/editor or director. I am a hack.


Yep I said it, I am a fraud.  Over the past 4-5 years I have tirelessly gone online and fumbled my way though countless hours of Youtube videos learning “Snap edits” and how to export for a mobile device. Each day I learn something new and each day I get just a tiny bit better.

To be honest I am envious of those who knew what they wanted to do, and had the time/means to go get the education and tools to be the best you can in creating compelling video content.

I just got out there and started, and am still evolving and hoping to be at a level that can mask my lack of traditional schooling in filming.

With everything I have, with all my free time I can somehow eek out of a day, I try to learn something new. IF your like me (to a small degree) and are exploring and learning about filming and especially adventure outdoor documentary style filming than I will share with you, not just my insights. (at this point they come far and few) But my struggles and my little wins.

However I totally appreciate that when I celebrate finding a new tool, technology or technique its likely something some of you experts have learned long ago- My hope is that you can at least appreciate that I am being honest- perhaps enjoy my struggle as you have likely saved yourself all of this unnecessary grief of a learning curve.

So there you have it. I am a hack and proud of it.

But I love what I am doing and the process of getting there.

Hack today- your inspiration tomorrow – my happiness in the process throughout it all.

Thanks I needed to get that off my chest before I go edit.

About the author: Scott Martin

Work-life balance is important to me. I love the outdoors, especially being in the ocean and backcountry. I apply my creative and marketing background in sharing my passion for surfing and snowboarding using non-traditional marketing channels including: Blogging, Social Media, and Filming.