Tongass National Forest


America’s largest National Forest, the Tongass covers 17 million acres of Southeast Alaska - it is one of the largest temperate rainforests on earth, and receives 400,000 visitors annually.  We created two films for the Tongass for visitor centers in Juneau and Ketchikan. The films showcase the diversity of landscapes within the Forest, traversing from tree canopy to karst caves, from deep rainforest to glacier summit.

Discovering the Tongass, for the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, focuses on the confluence of nature and culture in the forest - including an ancient salmon spawning site where bears feast while people observe them, and inside a Haida community’s carving shed where a yellow cedar is transformed into a totem pole representing ancestral history.

Landscape of Change, the film for the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, explores the historic and evolving connections between glaciers, land, wildlife, and people. Landscape features a team of glaciologists measuring glacier recession and a Tlingit weaver creating traditional robes that depict the history of the glacial landscape.

"I highly recommend working with North Shore Productions to anyone…. I am extremely happy with the final productions and I know they will contribute to the public’s enjoyment of Alaska and the Tongass for years to come."
— Forrest Cole, Forest Supervisor, Tongass National Forest

Project Details: 

  • Height of Sitka Spruce filmed with SpiderCine Rig: 210 feet.
  • Landscape of Change watched by 200,000 visitors a year
  • Least expected shot - a black bear actually crossing a glacier.

Awards & Festivals:

  • Silver Telly Award
  • Bronze Telly Award
  • Communicator Award of Excellence
  • Communicator Award of Distinction