Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background?
Starrett Artists is a collaborative enterprise that produces still photography and film for their clients. They are based in the small town of Stevensville in the heart of Montana’s beautiful Bitterroot Valley.
What are you working on right now?
A full length documentary on Lincoln, Montana’s new Sculpture Park, called Sculpture in the Wild, and Educational Shorts for the US Forest Service Northern Region.
What are you promoting?
We are promoting tourism in Montana by showcasing the natural beauty of the state and it’s warm and friendly people.
What do you want the audience to take away from your films?
We want the audience to explore parts of Montana that are off the beaten path.
What’s your favorite story from filmmaking?
One of our favorite stories from filmmaking, was during the production of a documentary film we did last year called Untrammeled. Filmed entirely on location in the Bob Marshall Wilderness for the US Forest Service’s celebration of 50 years of the Wilderness Act. Due to the restrictions of filming in wilderness we had to use solar chargers and lightweight equipment to get us through an 80 mile trip that encompassed over two weeks of shooting. It was an incredible experience.
What are your wildest dreams for your filmmaking career?
Our wildest dream, is to create more documentaries about Montana’s natural landscape and environment with some epic helicopter shots!
What is something bizarre about you?
Shanenon [Starrett Artists video and still photographer] didn’t know the full spelling of his name until he was in middle school. His mother added the “non” onto his birth certificate because she thought “Shane” wasn’t creative enough and didn’t tell anyone.
Who currently inspires you?
Currently–director, Wes Anderson and always Stanley Kubrick.
What’s your best advice for an aspiring filmmaker?
Start out as a still photographer.
Starrett Artists is opening their new studio this spring, at 211 Main Street in Stevensville, Montana.
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