Filmmaker and Photographer Morgan Maassen Combs Through a Tangle of Archives
Filmed in Bali, Mexico, Nicaragua, Maldives, Mentawaiis, California, Barbados, Australia, and France… I created Jungle as a tip of the hat to my passion for surfing and to create a long-form edit of some of my favorite adventures from the last several years.
Editing video is bar-none my favorite thing to do.
As lame as it may sound, I was re-organizing the media server in my office when I began to realize how much footage has been lost in the shuffle, and ultimately under-utilized. As I fell back into filming in 2013, the majority of projects I worked on involved me shooting photos and capturing video strictly as a hired gun. Editing video is bar-none my favorite thing to do, so I was struck with a pang of excitement at several of these untouched folders of video. A few weeks ago, before taking off to Australia for a photoshoot, I loaded them onto a hard drive and set out to edit something on the plane—if nothing else as an exercise of passion. I landed in Australia with a rough draft of “Jungle,” and color-corrected it the following day to the point that you see it now.