We are filmmakers with a penchant for storytelling.

Ultralite films is a boutique filmmaking shop in Austin, Texas that crafts film and video projects with real meaning. Passion is our fuel, and our team of hyper-organized producers harness that passion into seamlessly structured script-to-screen projects.

We love life and love what we do for a living. We work on land, underwater and in the air. We believe there is more to video production than simply pretty moving pictures.

We believe in the art of crafting unique concepts and pairing those with cinematic visuals, strong sound design, and thoughtful scripts to create the most powerful stories we possibly can. 

Bud Force

founder, director, cinematographer

Bud was raised across the American West and believes in projects that inspire others to do great things. He is as comfortable working in the remote wilderness as he is on large commercial shoots and lives with his family on a plot of land at the top of the Texas Hill Country.

www.budforce.com

 
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SCOTT HARDESTY

editor, cinematographer, director

A film production major from the University of Texas, Scott is based in Denver, Colorado, and primary with a primary focus on active lifestyle and outdoor adventure projects. 

www.scotthardestymedia.com

 
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ERICH SCHLEGEL

cinematographer

Born in Monterrey, Mexico and fluent in both Spanish and English, Erich lived throughout Latin America before moving to Texas in the 1970s. Well traveled, Erich has documented seven world conflicts, twelve Olympic games, and countless assignments around the world. 

www.erichschlegel.com

 

TITO WEST

cinematographer

Tito was born and raised in South Texas. After graduating from TCU, Tito moved to Africa and it continues to be a second home for him. He has filmed in over twenty countries around the world on several expeditions.

www.titowest.com

 
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BLAKE KNIGHT

marketing

Blake lives on the beach in Santa Monica, California, overseeing Ultralite Films' distribution efforts. A globetrotter in his own right, Blake lives his life playing music and traveling with his family. Art is important to Blake, who is also a talented still photographer and graphic designer. 

 
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SYDNEE JOHNSON

production and post sound

Sydnee's love for audio began in her early teens. Since then she has worked on a number of films, commercials, and in television with the vision of being wholly involved with other media creatives in need of quality sound. 

www.grandeursound.com