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Biography
After working for their father, Roger Brown (Summit Films), while growing up, brothers Michael Brown and Gordon Brown founded Serac Adventure Films in 1992. Gordon then left the company in the mid 90's. Adventure Films grew to more than twenty people during its heyday from 2000 - 2012 During much of this period, the company headquarters occupied most of the available office space on the second floor of a building overlooking Boulder, Colorado's historic Pearl Street Mall.

The company's priorities changed in 2012 when Michael's first son was born. He and his wife, Julia have since had two more sons. While he did not give up filmmaking, Michael downsized Serac to a small home office and only a few freelance employees.

In filmmaking, a company's success is defined by the films created and the impact they have had on the world. The films are what define success over time more than the size or the balance statement. Serac Adventure Films was a wonderful incubator of many careers and all who were involved are proud of their legacy.

More recently Serac is working on a very limited number of projects that span several years.

A perfect example of this new way of working is Serac's latest film The Weight of Water. It was produced out of a home office in Boulder, Colorado by an amazing team spread all over the country. Editors worked remotely from Ashland, Brooklyn, and Denver. The color correction happened in Brooklyn, the music was recorded in Burbank, the sound mixed near San Francisco (Skywalker Sound).


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In his career, Michael Brown has excelled as both an adventure athlete and as a filmmaker. He has been to the summit of Mount Everest five times, each time with cameras rolling. His work as a director and cinematographer spans all seven continents and won many festival & industry awards including three national Emmy Awards. Michael is also a recipient of the International Alliance For Mountain Film's 'Grand Prize', awards at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the Explorers Festival's 'Camera Extreme' and the Giant Screen Cinema Association (IMAX) 'Outstanding Cinematography' Award. Michael's lens has captured ice caves for NOVA, tornadoes for Discovery, science at the South Pole for National Geographic, avalanches for the BBC and mountain climbing for four giant screen IMAX movies. Michael has made a habit of going to the world's harshest, most dangerous environments and always comes back with incredible footage and compelling stories. Outside Magazine describes the cerebral filmmaker as a "swashbuckling librarian," and Men's Journal calls him "a master of gut-dropping action."


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