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Dirk Collins

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Home Base / Jackson, WY, USA

Overview

Producing

Adventure Filmmaking Documentary Filmmaking Brand Campaign

Directing

Documentary Filmmaking Adventure Filmmaking Branded Content

Photography

Adventure Photography Documentary Photography

Activity

Skiing Mountaineering Backcountry Pursuits Mountain Biking Trail Running Climbing

Biography

Raised an outdoor kid in Anchorage Alaska, Collins moved to Jackson in 1991 when he was 21 years old, and, in 1995, helped found Teton Gravity Research, the company renowned for its annual ski flicks. Collins directed and produced with TGR for 13 years before leaving to start his marketing and entertainment company, OneEyedBird. “I wanted to work with other brands; to spread out a little and not be so pigeonholed,” he says. Since founding OneEyedBird, Collins has collaborated with a wide variety of clients—from car companies to the U.S. military—and has created everything from commercials, to documentaries, to television series. Collins’s work takes him to far-flung corners of the earth, where he manages all facets of production, including the creative vision, safety, logistics, and even distribution. “People call me to tackle difficult projects involving helicopters and big crews,” he says. “There’s usually a lot of physical and financial risk. I take on dangerous work.”

Films

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Dirk Collins: Behind the Scenes w/ Jimmy Chin and Sam Elias for David Yurman

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Dirk Collins: "Wildlife" for National Geographic Films

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Dirk Collins: Rise of Superman Campaign

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“All these projects are extremely complex to pull together. The way you get through it is by taking it one piece at a time. Each part is a brick, and you build them on top of one another.”  —Dirk Collins

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Dirk’s ability to work gracefully and with ease under extraordinary pressure is what makes him stand apart. A consummate team player that also leads by example, he is always my first call for my most challenging and complex projects.

Jimmy Chin

Academy Award-winning documentarian

Dirk has had his hand in every aspect of production, from photography and cinematography to logistics and safety to fundraising and pitch decks—plus location scouting and talent recruitment. “I know how to find the people that are crazy enough to go down these paths with me,” says Dirk.

Career Storyline

Statistics

30

Years of Experience

100+

Commercial Clients

250+

Days on the Road Annually

Collins recently launched Climate Content Alliance, a media company dedicated to telling climate and conservation stories. “Most climate stories are done through documentaries, but we’re trying to drive more education and awareness through bigger audiences than a documentary would reach,” says Collins. “The goal is to place climate stories on bigger platforms several times a year.”

Work Experience

PAST

03/2023

Wildlife (The Doug and Chris Tompkins story)

Adventure Filmmaking Documentary Filmmaking Cinematography

National Geographic Documentary Films

05/2020

David Yurman Campaign

Brand Campaign Brand Photography Adventure Filmmaking

Commercial shoot with the climbers Sam Elias and Jimmy Chin.

06/2019

Everest Summit

Mountaineering Documentary Filmmaking Brand Campaign

Collaboration with National Geographic Films and Rolex documenting scientific research.

06/2019

Greenland: Brand Launch DJI Mavic 2

Mountaineering Brand Campaign Backcountry Skiing

Produced a short film with Jimmy Chin and Kit DesLauriers.

08/2016

USMC

Documentary Filmmaking Adventure Photography

Produced a documentary style film to help keep Marines home on leave from dying on motorcycles.

Awards and Recognition

Mar 2022

Emmy Nomination "Edge of the Earth" series. With TGR and HBO

Dec 2023

Banff Mountain Film (20 Official Selections)

Mar 2022

Emmy Nomination "Edge of the Earth" series. With TGR and HBO

Dec 2023

Banff Mountain Film (20 Official Selections)