ALASKAVIDEOSHOOTER.COM is a blog about documentary filmmaking, video production, and the gear that makes it possible.

The blog is edited by Slavik Boyechko, co-owner of Video Dads LLC, which provides video production in Portland Oregon and in Alaska, as well as Gear Dads, a site about videography and video production equipment.

If you're interested in video production services in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, or anywhere in the U.S., contact me here or email slavik (at)

New Business, New Web Series, New Baby, & More

Wow the last few months have been crazy. But I’m back in working order and planning to ramp up the blogging again. Lots of video stuff to talk about!

But first, the news:


My Indie Alaska partner-in-crime Travis Gilmour and I have finally made the leap into freelance video production.

Video Dads Travis Gilmour and me

Video Dads Travis Gilmour and me


We’ve only been independent for a couple months now, but already we’ve been booked by a number of organizations and agencies, so that’s pretty awesome. It also means the business website (eventually has been put on the back burner. In the meantime, we’re at

Shameless plug: if you’re interested in video production in Alaska, or the Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, or wherever really), contact me here or email at


Apart from the whole working-from-home thing (which is pretty great), the big reason for going independent is that we’ve been contracted by PBS to travel around the country, training stations in documentary video production. And during those visits, we’re shooting 2 episodes for a new series called . . . drum roll please . . .

Indie America logo

The series episodes are on – and there’s already a few episodes up.


In addition to this blog, I’ve also started to write for a couple other higher profile sites. – I learned so much of what I know about DSLR gear from this site years ago, so it’s a huge honor to join the team and contribute reviews alongside Dan Chung, Matt Allard, Chuck Fadely, Clinton Harn, and others.

Here are a couple articles so far: Swit Bolt LED review, Allex S Tripod and Slider Kit review, Cinevate Duzi slider review.

Tuts+ Photo/Video Tutorials – Recently I’ve also begun to contribute how-to articles to the Envato Tuts+ network, like How to Get Started as a Weekend Filmmaker, and How to Find A Documentary Subject.


The biggest change in my life – and the reason for undertaking all of the above – is the birth of my son, Max. Here’s his best “Thriller” pose, as a day old.

Baby Max


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