Inspiration – Pete Devries BLACKOUT

Peter’s footage from last year or a 7-haircut cycle. Whichever came first. Includes footage from A Telus Original Film “Transition” as well as extras…

“One Surfer’s Quest to Represent Canada in the 2020 Olympics. Since it was announced that surfing would officially be in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan a couple years ago, Canadian Noah Cohen has been vocal about his aspirations to represent his country. ~surfer.com”

SHOT –
Nate Laverty
Kyler Vos
EDIT –
Nate Laverty

MUSIC –
Chromatics “Yes”
Charles Bradley “The World Is Going Up In Flames”
SUPPORTED BY –
Telus, Storm Surf Shop, Shelter Restaurant

Inspiration – Chasing The Sublime

Why do we put ourselves into the path of discomfort and risk? What drives us to get too cold and too tired, to battle with fear, in the name of adventure? …

“Follow the originators of The Outdoor Swimming Society, ‘swim twins’ Kate Rew and Kari Furre, in this hauntingly beautiful glimpse at the physicality of UK cold water swimming, as two friends set out to chase the sublime.”

Director: Amanda Bluglass
Director of Photography: Danny Cooke
Underwater Photography: Neil Hope & Danny Cooke
Edited, Mixed & Mastered by Michael Clark
Written & Narrated by Kate Rew
Swimmers: Kate Rew and Kari Furre

Official Selections:
DocLands 2019
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival 2019
Four Seasons Film Festival 2019
Judges’ Special Mention: Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2019
BMC Women Adventure Film Festival Competition 2019

Sponsored by The Outdoor Swimming Society in association with Alpkit, with Red Moon Cruises, Akur Capital, Dryrobe and Aquatica Digital ©2018 Amanda Bluglass

Bowen Island

Couple weeks ago I’ve decided to spent some time locally around Vancouver. I’ve chosen island 30min/1h ride from my home. So beautiful place! … Bowen Island is an island municipality that is part of Metro Vancouver, BC, Canada. In addition, Island is included within the jurisdiction of the Islands Trust. Located in Howe Sound, is approximately 6 km wide by 12 km long, with the island at its closest point about 3 km west of the mainland. ~wiki

“Quiet and alluring, a short distance from Vancouver, it’s a welcome escape from the stresses of city life. ~tourismbowenisland.com”

 

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 By Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games did it again! A beautiful game in an immersive world. The range of challenges, side missions and other special things to do + brilliant story and memorable characters are making this game amazing. For sure, I need to mention dense open world and beautiful graphics amazingly achieved on just, old hardware of PS4. The game itself starts slow but this only leads to an epic journey. Assuming, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a milestone not only for this gen but for video games in general. [Photos taken by Agata]

“Red Dead Redemption 2 is a Western action-adventure game developed and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on October 26, 2018, for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. The third entry in the Red Dead series, it is a prequel to the 2010 game Red Dead Redemption. Set in 1899 in a fictionalized version of the Western United States, the story centers on outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang dealing with the decline of the Wild West whilst attempting to survive against government forces, rival gangs, and other enemies. The story also follows fellow gang member John Marston, protagonist from the first Red Dead Redemption.” ~ Wiki

“Tired of all the broken promises, micro-transactions and child infested battle royale-inspired titles? Red Dead Redemption 2 is definitely for you.”

God Of War By Santa Monica Studio

I’m a big fan of what Sony does for us, making single player experiences count. In the current Battle-Royale gaming world where you can find mostly multiplayer titles, it is important for players like me to experience games where story and adventures of the main protagonist are more important than points and frags … Although, I have never played another God of War game, and I honestly had no interest in playing this part of sequel whatsoever. I have been quite sure that it is going to be hard to start playing another part of the sequel without any knowledge about their past. The only reason I picked this up is word-of-mouth, my better half – Agata who really wanted to experience this story [her photoshoots from the game you can see below] and gameplay presented on teasers showing game similar to some Naughty Dog’s productions and my favorite, top #1 Horizon Zero Dawn by Guerrilla Games.

“God of War is an action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Released on April 20, 2018, for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console, it is the eighth installment in the God of War series, the eighth chronologically, and the sequel to 2010’s God of War III. Unlike previous games, which were loosely based on Greek mythology, this game is loosely based on Norse mythology. The main protagonists are Kratos, the former Greek God of War, and his young son Atreus. Following the death of Kratos’ second wife and Atreus’ mother, they journey to fulfill her promise and spread her ashes at the highest peak of the nine realms. Kratos keeps his troubled past a secret from Atreus, who is unaware of his divine nature. Along their journey, they encounter monsters and gods of the Norse world.” ~ Wiki

I spent approximately 50h in game / new game +. God of War is really worth every second spent on missions, quests, and exploration. Looking forward to seeing more adventures of Kratos in near future. E3 2019? 😉

The game has everything a perfect game needs. It has an incredible story based on Norse mythology, good graphics, and post-processed effects, great music, and most importantly of all great gameplay. God of War is yet another stupendous inclusion to the PS4’s already strong library of Sony-published exclusives. Blending incredibly satisfying game feel with a very strong and even heartwarming narrative about parenting and what it means to be there for those you care for, this is one of those rare games that somehow manages to juggle both gameplay and story with ease. The game truly deserves all the hype it has been getting.  I am glad Sony showed everyone again that people still love great story-driven single player games, not microtransaction and lootbox-filled online trash. Good job!

“The visuals, story representation, and ambiance are stunning. The redemption of Kratos are well represented and combat is intuitive and refreshing. Probably the best game for PS4.”

Unravel Two by Coldwood Interactive

Unravel Two is a little bit different to its predecessor. It takes the established puzzle-platformer into a new direction for the sequel. There is enough personality, life, and challenge in this game to deem it a far better improvement over the original. I like this one far more than the first, it has a great charm with levels that are really fun. Coldwood Interactive added co-op play which is what really drew me in and it is so enjoyable especially when I am playing with my wife. Delightful playground for fans of puzzle platformers. It is a pleasure to play. More of titles like that one, please!

“Unlike the first game, Unravel Two is both a single-player and a multiplayer game, though local co-op only. The game centres on two Yarnys, which can be controlled with either one player or two, which must work together in order to solve puzzles and manipulate the world. The game contains a main storyline, set on an island, as well as challenge levels, significantly more difficult levels.” ~ Wiki

“Unravel Two is a puzzle platform video game developed by Swedish studio Coldwood Interactive and published by Electronic Arts under the EA Originals label. It was released on 9 June 2018.”

Horizon Zero Dawn By Guerrilla Games

This year I have got one of the best games I have ever played. Horizon Zero Dawn by Guerrilla Games has moved me to a different, virtual world and allowed to be a part of adventure with Aloy – ginger hair girl who is a main hero in this production…

“Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role-playing video game developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4 and released in early 2017.”

“The story is set in the 31st century, in a world where humans have regressed to primitive tribal societies as a result of some unknown calamity. Their technologically advanced predecessors are vaguely remembered as the “Old Ones.” Large robotic creatures known merely as “machines” now dominate the Earth. For the most part, they peacefully coexist with humans, who occasionally hunt them for parts. However, a phenomenon known as the “Derangement” has caused machines to become more aggressive towards humans, and larger and deadlier machines have begun to appear. There are three tribes that are prominently featured: the Nora, the Carja, and the Oseram. The Nora are fierce hunter-gatherers who live in the mountains and worship nature as the “All-Mother.” The Carja are desert-dwelling city builders who worship the Sun. The Oseram are tinkerers known for their metalworking, brewing, and arguing” ~ Wiki

I spent an approximately 100h to finish game + 20h in new game plus (just main missions) + 35h in the newest DLC – The Frozen Wilds. I can truly say that main story is amazing, addictive and Aloy is just lovely. It is sad that we – gamers can not meet her in “real life”.

I did not believe that Guerrilla will be able to achieve graphic effects and details which I saw in teasers. Yup, It is just a console, cheap hardware which can not be comparable with the newest, powerful PCs. But they did it! Whole world and all 3D models are hi-fi. Graphic is really stunning! I have no idea how it was possible on console where for example Ghost Wildlands has graphic like low-graphic-mode on PC and sniper weapons are hard a little bit to use because of environment glitch/feature which is generating radius max 100-200m of details around us.

Guerrilla says that The Frozen Wilds was the last DLC but … Hopefully not. Horizon Zero Dawn is my favourite game and really I would like to go back and spend some more time with Aloy fighting for better future, mysteries and truth.

Who Am I? Dribbble Knows The Answer!

Dribbble is an online community for showcasing user-made artwork. It functions as a self-promotion and networking platform for graphic design, web design, illustration, photography, and other creative areas. Dribbble has an invite-only membership system, where a number of invitations are handed out to artists and designers to freely distribute them amongst their peers.

Dribbble has published a little interview with me. I am so happy to be featured on this only-for-artists platform.

Beautiful British Columbia

I have always wanted to live in a place where I have in the neighborhood mountains, ocean, forests … Where I can hike, ski, swim, windsurf without driving far, far away from home. I arrived in Canada some time ago with a plan to stay here. I have moved into Vancouver BC and I can say for sure that I have found my dream place in the world. That was one of my the best decisions in life. Vancouver is a seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia, and the most populous city in the province. It is an urban center surrounded by wild nature. The best spot to work, live and play. Basecamp for all adventures around. In the wildness… Below you can see some photos attached to this post. I will keep updating this gallery to show you the most actual pictures from my natural BC’s life…

“Province where I have arrived, and known for the first time. Place where I belong. Nature which I love…”

Dominican Republic

Hi Folks! After a couple of months since this trip and redesigning process of my website, there’s a time to present first post on the blog. Traveling is one of my passion, and that’s why since this journey I’d like to start sharing with you photos, video clips and my thoughts from different adventures …

In January 2016 I’ve got a pleasure to see the Dominican Republic. On the internet, we can read that this place is a sovereign state occupying the eastern five-eighths of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western three-eighths of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands, along with Saint Martin, two countries share that. Both by area and population the Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation after Cuba.

The Dominican Republic has two completely different sides. In the south of island is a peaceful atmosphere with many great laguna beaches. In the north there is an ocean with big waves and great surfing spots.

This country is colorful and happy, but there are two sides to the story. Luxury hotels vs the real Dominican Republic… If you’re going to go to some places inside island the environment is going change (180-degree turn). It’s funny that many people inside resorts think that whole country looks like … resort? Reality can be completely different. For sure people are similar, but a smile on a face is not existing all time and also in many places you can see the poorest of the poor. Personally, I recommend to spend some time inside the Dominican Republic to see other cities, gather knowledge about culture, check all sides of this fascinating Caribbean island and feel a real atmosphere of this place. But watch out for the military patrols which are stopping your car, having big rifles and asking for … cigarettes. For me, it was absorbing experience.

I’m sure I need to go back in future to the Dominican Republic to check places and spots which I haven’t seen during my first visit in this beautiful place. Highly recommended!