In winter 2014 I decided I wanted to learn how to make a good outdoor film. I bought a computer, some editing software and some online tutorials. I started teaching myself how to make a movie. It didn’t take me long to realize I needed help. I stumbled across a 3-day film school hosted by the Full Draw Film Tour. Little did I know, this school would have a profound influence on my life and the advent of the Gritty Bowmen. On this episode of the Gritty Bowmen, I visit with a most excellent friend of mine, Grady Rawls. Grady was one of two instructors at the Full Draw Film School--Kody Kellom was the other. I drank from the proverbial firehose that weekend and I learned more about outdoor filmmaking in those 3 days than I had learned at home in the previous 3 months combined. But it wasn’t what I learned that would change the direction of my life--it was the confidence and the encouragement to follow my passion, given to me by the people I met over those 3 days. People like Grady, Kody, South Cox, Kristy Titus, Ty Stubblefield, Jason Phelps, Josh Keller and more. The Film School dumped gasoline on what previously had been just a spark of a flame. In the subsequent months, I began producing GRITTY content. And whenever I posted a video or a podcast and it seemed that nobody was watching or listening, Grady Rawls was ALWAYS there. He was a teacher and a mentor--but more than that, Grady believed in me and never stopped heaping gasoline on my fire. And for that, I am deeply indebted to him.
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