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The Serac Team
Our film crew specializes in extreme adventure filmmaking and wielding cameras in the world's most intense environments. We share a common interest in telling stories with meaning and that celebrate the human spirit. The crew is led by Michael Brown, who has made films on all seven continents and is hailed by many as America's finest high-altitude filmmaker.

Among the group's accomplishments: over 50 expeditions to all seven continents, winning more than 50 international film festival and industry awards. The team has shot for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, OLN, the BBC, Rush HD and many more. They have also produced, directed, shot and edited many of their own films.


Michael Brown Michael Brown

Over the last two decades, Michael Brown has climbed to the top of two of the world's most demanding professions. As a world-class mountaineer, he has summited Mount Everest five times. As a three-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker, he has made over fifty expeditions to all seven continents, all with cameras rolling. Michael has made a habit of going to the world's harshest, most dangerous environments - the South Pole, the North Face of the Eiger, and 1,500 feet underground in caves - 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." As Founder of the Outside Adventure Film School, Michael practices another of his favorite pursuits: teaching.
Full Bio & Credentials

    Michael's recent career highlights:
  • Teamed up with producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty & the Beast, Frankenweenie) to create the critically acclaimed film High Ground about veterans returning from war. In theaters November, 2012.
  • Co-Led the the filmmaker's workshop at prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival for six years running.
  • Recipient of the 2012 George Norlin Award from the University of Colorado, which recognizes outstanding alumni who have demonstrated a devotion to the betterment of society and their community.
  • Recipient of the 2012 Blue Sky Tribute award, presented to a filmmaker who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment by highlighting an issue through film or actively adapting his or her everyday life to be more sustainable.
  • Directed the film Out Living It about young adult cancer survivors. Currently in the festival circuit winning awards, including an audience prize at the Aspen Shortsfest.


Nick Brown Nicolas "Nick" Brown

Nick Brown is a multiple emmy-award winning producer and director. His 20 years experience in American and British film and television include work in extreme conditions (experienced skier, climber, kayaker, mountaineer), drama (Royal Shakespeare Academy, National Theatre Institute), presenter led film(David Attenborough, Steve Backshall, Mike Loades), observational film (Frontier House, Pioneer House, Colonial House), and CGI (Discovery, BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4, PBS).
Full Bio & Credentials



Gordon Brown Gordon Brown

A 5-time Emmy Award winner, Gordon Brown is recognized as one of the world's leading commercial cinematographers and adventure filmmakers. With over 20 years of professional experience Gordon's innovative style and provocative technique has captivated audiences of both the large and small screen. By working with a wide range of formats, Gordon has continuously challenged the limits of film and video within the barriers of location and budget. Gordon is as comfortable rappelling into 600' deep ice caves in Greenland with an IMAX camera as he is doing HD interviews with a studio crew in Los Angeles or running helmet-mounted kayaking POVs through Class V whitewater on the Nile. Gordon has shot HD for Disney and 35mm for National Commercials. He cut his teeth shooting 16mm handheld travel shots while skiing with the Mahre brothers in the mid '80s.
Full Bio & Credentials


Tyler JonesTyler Jones

Tyler is professor of Climate Change Filmmaking and Environmental Monitoring at the University of Colorado. He has worked with both Serac Adventure Films, the Outside Adventure Film School, and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) for 7 years on film projects ranging from storm chasing in the American mid-west, bush plane adventures in Alaska, humanitarian work in Haiti, ice coring in Greenland, tramping in New Zealand, and many others. Tyler is completely his PhD at INSTAAR studying abrupt climate change and is an instructor with the Outside Adventure Film School.



Matt Murray Matt Murray

As a producer with Serac, Matt is the go-to-guy for large project execution. Known as the chief communicator and “cat herder” Matt, a former A-10 and F-15E pilot, is the super glue that keeps timelines and emotions on track. He also works as an instructor pilot, line pilot and conflict management facilitator for United Airlines. Variously described as being an “extraordinary, innovative tactical aviator”, “top notch instructor”, “exceptional pilot” and “inspirational teacher”, Matt served in Desert Storm flying 42 combat missions and was the recipient of six Best-of-Wing and Squadron “TOP GUN” awards. He's also been told he has a lovely singing voice. All of these skills are brought to bare when working on a project with Serac Films.


Tyler JonesNina Cardillo

Nina Cardillo is our accounting department. She has had 30 years accounting experience and is the owner of Precise Business Services in Colorado. Nina has also been involved with Citizen's Community Television in Louisville, CO, helping in the production of local TV shows. She has done some CGI, editing and graphic work as a hobby and wanted to join our team to be around the film industry. "I am thrilled to work for Michael Brown and Serac Films. Being involved with such creative, talented people is such a great experience."

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