Filmmaking from the Studio to the Summit
Sturgefilm founder Ben 'Sturge' Sturgulewski grew up on a rugged and remote island in Alaska's Aleutian Chain, inspiring a life dedicated to the exploration of the world's wild side, and the people who call it home.Infused in all aspects of production as a director, cinematographer, editor, and writer, he's worked in definitively nasty and awe-inspiring conditions around the world—all while bringing a unique and critical cinematic perspective to action sports, documentary, narrative, and commercial pursuits.
Ben's integral work with companies like Sweetgrass Productions, Matchstick Productions, and DPS Cinematic has created many acclaimed films that have appeared in festivals from Banff to Krakow to New Zealand. His projects have won dozens of awards for cinematography, editing, and storytelling, as well as numerous grand prizes, including Powder Magazine's coveted Movie of the Year Award. In online releases, Ben has produced half a dozen Vimeo Staff Picks and viral videos with over five million views. His work with various agencies, collectives, and production houses continues to take him around the world.
Ben is based in Alaska.
In a content-saturated age where everybody and their baby brother has a camera and an idea, creativity is king. Documentary, narrative, or commercial, Ben's writing focuses on crafting innovative stories that burst through the boundaries of their genres, and his knack for holding the familiar under an unexpected and breathtaking light has found high praise and festival laurels for writing and storytelling. Whether you’re looking for creative consultation on how to set your own project apart from the pack, or a full feature script written from scratch, we find the soul of your story and the means to share it with the world.
Exceptional imagery from the studio to the summit. As a director and cinematographer operating the 5k RED Epic, Ben has translated some of the most remote and inhospitable corners of the globe into bold and breathtaking films, many of which have garnered awards at renowned festivals for Best Cinematography. No matter the scale of production, on the stage or on location, we search for the intimacy in every image. Be it the stark vista of a Bolivian desert, an Olympic skier steadying herself before dropping into her run, or the awe in the eye of a child experiencing his very first snowfall– a strict attention to the smallest detail strives to make every moment mythical.
The art of the edit requires a delicate blend of technical proficiency, creative ingenuity, and dogged determination. Consistent recognition from high-profile film festivals for Best Editing has given Ben a reputation of bringing all those elements to the table with speed and efficiency. Discovering the core of a documentary's story spread across countless hard drives and crafting it into a tight storyline, hunting down the perfect music for a narrative's emotional peak, or building elaborate and organic motion graphics into the flow of a commercial– we’ll ensure your story and images reach their audience in their finest possible form.