After a year of mostly limited adventure to entering the grocery store, National Geographic Live continues to offer audiences the chance to escape the pandemic in the safety of their homes.
Typically, each program is a tour production that includes behind-the-scenes stories and breathtaking imagery from the world-famous photographers, scientists, writers, filmmakers, conservationists, and adventurers of National Geographic.
“Typically these events involve a person on stage telling 70 minutes of stories followed by questions and answers,” said Andrew Pudvah, director of National Geographic Live Production, of Silver Springs, Maryland.
“We know we have this passionate audience in 75 markets that love the show. In fact, most of our customers subscribe. We have very loyal fans. “
It is this dedicated audience that National Geographic Live has continued to serve with its new digital series since the beginning of the year.
In collaboration with Playhouse Square, which will receive a portion of the proceeds, National Geographic Live will present “Feats of Filmmaking” on March 16.
A climber high above the valley floor in France’s Verdon Gorge, Europes Grand Canyon, is recorded by National Geographic’s Keith Ladzinski.
“We hesitated to dive into the virtual events business, but our venues asked,” said Pudvah, who was an actor in Another Life who came across Playhouse Square in national touring children’s theater productions. “We were just trying to figure out what we can do in the virtual spaces and we have the same kind of energy.
“It’s hard to figure out, so we decided that just seeing one person lecturing for an hour isn’t enough to hold an audience in a virtual space. We have tried to bring people together who have worked together in the past where there is an authentic relationship that we can leverage with shorter conversations and more conversations and questions and answers. “
The upcoming streaming event features two filmmakers, Keith Ladzinski and Bryan Smith, who are known for capturing extreme adventure performances in some of the world’s most remote and inhospitable environments.
The Emmy Award-nominated director Ladzinski documents the world’s most elite adventurers who hunt tornadoes, hang from massive natural arches and swim with alligators.
“He is a multi-talent photographer, filmmaker and elite climber himself,” said Pudvah. “He does a little bit of everything. For our show, he will primarily tell the story of his work storm that has been hunted for the past five years.
“Smith is a filmmaker who made a name for himself as an expedition kayaker. In particular, he will tell a story about the first kayak descent of the Berriman River Gorge in Papua New Guinea. Both worked together on a project that covered Will Gadd’s first ascent of the frozen Niagara Falls. You will share this story together. “
This picture was taken by Keith Ladzinski of National Geographic.
Once the pandemic is over, National Geographic Live will be back on the streets, but two more National Geographic Live events are planned for this spring.
Pudvah said so far thousands of people have bought the streaming events, which in hindsight is no surprise.
“There is a growing hunger for fact-based entertainment,” said Pudvah. “National Geographic is a bit curious in general. People know they can trust that whatever type of content we provide – will be inspirational, visually stunning, and factual.
“We try to push people’s boundaries and make sure we have fun and learn at every event.”