Before each of our SALT talks, we show what we call a “Long Short”, a short film that exemplifies long-term thinking. We pick films that are thematically related to the Seminar of the evening, yet don’t have too much overlap with the main content. For Tuesday’s Seminar, we hosted Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and instigator of the Downtown Project, a $350 million dollar project to revitalize downtown Las Vegas.
For our Long Short, we showed a video by Jason Phipps, a videographer based out of Auburn, California. Here are his own words on how the film was created:
This video captures Burning Man 2013 from an elevation of 5495 feet above sea level and over 4 linear miles from the center of Black Rock City. Old Razorback, aka Trego Peak, provides a unique vista of this incredible annual event. Climbing to the peak of Old Razorback has become a challenging and rewarding tradition for our team. This is a view that most will never experience in person. It is our passion to share it with the world through the lens of a camera. Climbing 1,888 feet in less than a mile over steep, unstable mountainside is a dangerous and exhilarating mission. This year we deployed cameras during the build week, capturing the growth of the city and ending it the night of the burn. We express gratitude to the family and friends that joined us for this epic climb. We could not do it alone. Many thanks to our team this year: Mark Phipps, John Phipps, Dallon Phipps, Kevin Johnson & Meghan Johnson. We also offer heartfelt thanks to OpenOptics (Inspired Flight) and Dusty Nix for designing such an incredible sound score for this year’s rendition.
To learn more about Jason and his work, you can email him at email@example.com.
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