We are filmmakers with a penchant for great storytelling.

Ultralite films is a collection of filmmakers and storytellers who believe in making authentic 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.

Our crew is comprised of adventurers, artists, cowboys, mountaineers, and surfers who 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

Bud was raised across the American West and is full of wanderlust. He is as comfortable working in the remote wilderness as he is on huge commercial shoots and brings his friendly, laid back style to all of his sets. He 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

director, cinematographer, editor

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

director, 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

distribution

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