In mountain

Experiences and trainings from 14 to 19 june 2022

Shooting in the Mountains

In mountain, Video workshops

How to film the landscapes? How do you stage the characters in action? How to have a director’s eye in the field? Pierre Petit, renowned cameraman and director, offers a very concrete training course, based on examples. During a hike in front of Mont Blanc, you will be put in a situation to shoot a sequence. You will choose your frames, cut your shots, and already think about editing…


How to film the landscapes? How to stage the characters in action? We immerse ourselves in the mountain environment to familiarise ourselves with your video equipment. The aim is to familiarise you with your equipment, to make you feel at ease in the particular environment of the mountains to gain confidence. A technical approach, but also an approach of realization, of look.
What is my point of view? What rhythm should I give to the sequence? What are my production objectives? You will realise that the language of film has its own grammar, its own language, which we will learn together. On a practical level, your way of filming will change whether you are shooting a contemplative scene or an action scene. This will be reflected in the different choices.
What framing, focal length and aperture to choose, and why?
In this course we will also look at shooting in anticipation of the editing phases, how to shoot to have all the shots needed for the editing?
And how to manage the sound? With which microphone? How to use a tie microphone?

Description of the trip

From the top of the Brévent cable car (2525m), we start with an exceptional panorama of the Mont-Blanc before reaching Plan Praz via the side paths. This is the pitch of our story, all we have to do is turn!  


In this course, you will learn how to set up your camera (or smartphone!) according to the scene, the light and the angle of view chosen.  We will discuss the choice of framing, focal length and aperture. By anticipating the editing phases, we will try to give rhythm to our images. And how to manage the sound? With which microphone? How to use a tie microphone?
I will come with professional shooting equipment such as tripods, gimbals and sliders, in order to understand how and why to use them.  As a documentary cinematographer, I will explain my way of working, and also push you to define the aims of your projects before a shoot.

Level required

Basic knowledge of photography and video is welcome, but any enthusiastic amateur will find a place in this course.

Number of places

Maximum 10 participants


After directing and filming short films, I was soon involved in several animal documentaries. In parallel with sports images (Dakar, “Red Bull”), the particularity of mountain and expedition images fascinates me, both in the challenge of constantly adapting to the unknown, and in telling an epic story that transforms, as in “Doigt de Dieu, par delà les sommets”.
I then invested myself in the creation of helium aerostats, which allowed me to produce advertisements and feature films in 3D relief, such as “Ouragan” and “Terre des Ours”. To meet the demand, I took the turn of the drones, and refocused on my DNA as a director of photography. Since 2013, I have been working mainly on documentaries for international TV such as “Wild Cats”, “Frère des arbres” or embodied documentaries such as “L’Odysée”, with Sylvain Tesson, “Russie secrète” with Cedric Gras for Arte TV, or “Les Ailes de Patagonie” for National Geographic.

Equipment required

  • Picnic
  • Bring a picnic for lunch, some food and a minimum of one litre of water for the day.
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Sportswear, walking shoes, waterproof jacket, cap, sunglasses (factor 4), sun cream, water bottle (minimum 1 litre).
  • Technical video equipment
  • Bring the equipment that you use most often: Camera, DSLR, camera, smartphone with pro video application. The important thing will be to understand and use your equipment as well as possible. If you have some, also take along accessories such as tripods, complementary lenses, camera microphones, HF tie microphones.
  • Remember to charge your batteries as much as possible and to bring memory cards with enough free space to film during the whole course.
  • Pax

    10 max.
  • Level required

  • Date(s)

    Dimanche 19 juin 2022
    De 8h à 14h.
  • Price

    160 €
Price includes:
– The ski lift pass
– Supervision by a professional mountain guide
– Supervision by a professional cameraman/director

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