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Alumni Spotlight: Ben Bishop

Ben Bishop, a Sierra Nevada College alumnus, using his videography and photography skills throughout the world.

Ben Bishop, a Sierra Nevada College alumnus, using his videography and photography skills throughout the world.

By Justine Nelson

Ben Bishop, now an outdoor action sports filmmaker and photographer whose work appears on ROXY, ESPN, Red Bull Media House and National Geographic, reflected on how Sierra Nevada College prepared him to be successful in the professional World.

“Life has been all over the place since graduation, lots of projects with many different people and companies all over the globe. I feel very thankful for all of them”. He explained that the most valuable thing he learned at SNC was to engage and reach out for mentoring and advice to overcome obstacles. As a veteran world traveler who frequently clocks six months straight of travel and work in places like China, Japan, Canada, Colorado, Utah, he says, “I don’t think I would be anywhere if it weren’t for SNC”.

Ben says SNC guided him to identify a path he is truly passionate about through the unique academic experience of tailoring his major to his specific skills and interests. “I had to bring all these skill sets together in a multidisciplinary way…and that is what my career is now. It was valuable being able to be at a small school that had the ability to adapt and say, ‘I’m really interested in the outdoor realm; I’d like a degree in it, and then have my advisors help formulate a program.”

In 2014, Ben has just returned from a trip to the Arrigetch peaks in the Gates of the Arctic on a trip for National Geographic. He first joined the expedition as an aid to carry equipment for the camera crew, but when he was handed a camera he jumped in to help shoot the rock climbing documentary. Afterwards, he and a friend rafted the Atlanta River in pack rafts for a total of 140 miles in 7 days. “With a lot of time to reflect, I am very thankful for the knowledge I obtained from SNC so I could head off on adventures like the Arctic on my own.”

Aside from filming, Ben also loves to shoot still photography on his travels. He says, “It is a medium that I have always loved but have never considered as a career”. He is hired occasionally to help people with their photographic needs, and a few of his images have been published, but he says having a secondary film camera allows him to personally document his trips. On the Atlanta River trip when he visited the small Native Village of Allakaket he said, “I was completely taken by what I was experiencing; it’s remote, there’s no running water or roads that lead to or from the village and I wanted to show people what I saw there. Instead of filming, which is very specific and sometimes can take a lot of time to tell the smallest of stories, I chose to shoot photos instead. To me, photography in this situation spoke much more, and that is why I have chosen to consistently carry an additional camera around. In the near future, I intend to release a photo book of my personal work from many of my trips.”

Justine Nelson is studying Art & Psychology. She is interested in the power of thought and intention.

Alumni Spotlight: Nick Cahill

Nick Cahill excelled in an internship with Force 12 Media, turning the opportunity into a position with the media company as their videographer and photographer.

Sierra Nevada College alumnus Nick Cahill excelled in an internship with Force 12 Media, turning the opportunity into a position with the media company as their videographer and photographer.

By Justine Nelson

Nick Cahill graduated from Sierra Nevada College in 2013 as an Interdisciplinary Digital Arts and Management major and is now the Media Director at a the well-established niche publication company, Force 12 Media. Force 12 Media focuses on outdoor and military content which is distributed to over 40 million viewers monthly.

Cahill focuses on video and photography for the site and is also currently working on expanding their network to reach Apple TV and Netflix. Go to the “Team” tab on the website to see Nick’s bio or scroll down on the home page to see the various websites Force 12 Media provides content for: navyseals.com, specialoperations.com, etc.

In addition, Nick just recently landed a cover image with National Geographic “Guide to the Night Sky” book set to be published in print fall of 2015.

Nick first picked up video and photography during his schooling at SNC, taking photographs of the race car he built, as well as videos of his friends enjoying the sweet adventures of life. Cahill also feels very thankful for his education he received at SNC.

Nick Cahill continues to make Lake Tahoe his home base, while traveling the world for Force 12 Media.

Nick Cahill continues to make Lake Tahoe his home base, while traveling the world for Force 12 Media.

“I owe Chris Lanier and Rick Parsons a huge thank you for guiding my photography and video skills, and pushing me to research beyond my knowledge and obtain a wider grasp on these incredible art forms”. Cahill also mentioned that it was through Lanier and SNC that he was introduced to Force 12 as an internship. He is now a successful member of their team.

Cahill still lives in Tahoe, and even though his job allows him to work anywhere, he chooses to stay here because of the tax benefits and lifestyle. “Lake Tahoe remains a home to me that fosters my creativity and love for the outdoors”. On the side, Cahill also has a passion for landscape and music photography. His works appear all around the Tahoe Basin, and he says he will continue to push his connections around the globe. You can check out his personal work at cahillfilms.com.

Justine Nelson is studying Art & Psychology. She is interested in the power of thought and intention.

Truckee school district shows video by SNC students

A four-minute video produced by Sierra Nevada College students was highlighted during the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s convocation for teachers and faculty this year.

The powerful video was about Yami Gutierrez—a Sierra Nevada College (SNC) student and a graduate of the local non-profit program Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC). It was shown at the beginning of the Tahoe-Truckee school year, so teachers could understand the ARC program better and be able to recommend students to participate in it.

Two talented students— Nick Cahill and Trevor Jackson—majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies in Digital Arts and Entrepreneurship/ Management filmed and produced this video for a service learning project to support ARC.  A youth development organization that integrates wilderness and literacy, ARC was founded by SNC Professor Katie Zanto in 2004.

“The entire school district is reminded about the power of the ARC program through their video. It’s a great example of how a Service Learning project can have a huge impact on a local organization,” Zanto said.