1. How long have you been
making films? What types of films
do you make?
I have been making films since I
was a kid. I would take my dad’s
camera and film random things I
thought were interesting; I suppose
that’s what helped spark it all. It
wasn’t until eight years ago when
I was able to start doing it more
professionally and creating video
content for various organizations.
I often get asked what types of
films I like to make, and that’s not the
easiest question to answer. I am not
a genre director—I am a storyteller
driven by the character whose
story we are following. I believe the
viewers get sucked into a film more
if it has good characters and story as
opposed to it being genre-specific.
2. What influences your work?
I get inspired in so many different
ways. When it comes to film, I’m
inspired by other films, music,
stories and just everyday life. As
for photography, it’s easy to get
inspired by other photographers,
and I love to do this by scrolling
through Instagram. There are
so many good photographers
on there. I believe we live in a
time where we are constantly
influencing one another. We
are also living in time where we
are cheering each other on. Of
course, there’s always that hint of
competition and trying to be the
best—but it’s done in a healthy way,
and when done in this way I believe
that it helps you grow in your art.
3. Tell us about Adventure That
Is Life. When did you found it and
what is its mission?
Adventure That Is Life (ATIL) was
founded earlier this year for fun. My
wife, Amanda Ciurdar, and I thought
it would be fun to create an account
where we would feature some of
our favorite photographs from other
Instagram users. We were hoping
that through this account we could
create a community where we can
inspire people to get off their couch
and go outside. It doesn’t have to be
as extreme as climbing Mt. Everest,
but as simple as just taking a walk
outside. There’s so much to this world;
it would be a shame to not see it.
In about six months, we were
able to grow ATIL to almost 30,000
followers, so my wife and I thought
for a while on how we can do even
more with this account. Finally,
we decided to start creating
adventure-themed products. We
started with travel journals and
are now doing camera straps.
However, we are not just selling
products—we have decided that
for every dollar earned we would
donate 10 percent to a charity that
would help rescue women and
children from sex trafficking. We
strive to create a community for
the adventure hearted, with a twist
for those who have the heart to be
4. When did you become an
Imagelogger? How did you
connect with Samsung?
I was blessed to become a
Samsung Imagelogger earlier
this year. I’ve had a few friends
in the program and have drooled
over some of their work with their
Samsung gear. I was fortunate
that all of them put in a good word
for me when they were looking
to add some new members. I’m
still fairly new, but have enjoyed it
immensely, and hope to be part of
this family for a long time.
5. What have you been shooting
with the NX1?
In the time that I have been an
Imagelogger, I have shot a lot
more photography than I have film,
as film takes a lot more time to
prep. As far as video, I have shot
some 15-second spots for a watch
company and just recently wrapped
shooting in Canada for a music
video for Paul Brandt.
6. What are some of your
favorite filmmaking features of
My favorite filmmaking feature on
the NX1 is definitely the ability to
shoot 4K—it’s amazing quality. I
made the switch from a camera that
capped out at 1080 at 24fps. I also
tend to shoot a lot of slow motion,
and my old camera could only
shoot 60fps at 720p. The NX1 can
shoot 120fps at 1080—it’s a beast!
7. What are some of your must-have accessories when shooting
I mean, when you’re shooting 4K
you need to have it backed up with
a really good lens! My favorite is
the Samsung 16-50mm S. Put those
together and it’s game over.
8. What’s next for you?
The rest of the year still holds some
travel to Canada, Thailand and
Iceland where I will be shooting
some stills and video content for
different clients and brands. In 2016 I
am hoping to shoot a very ambitious
short film—but that’s a little on the
hush hush right now! [4K]
One of the newest members of the Samsung
Imagelogger family, photographer and
filmmaker Sam Ciurdar’s client list includes
Glenlivet scotch, Heineken, Master &
Dynamic, Minnetonka and ONA bags. On
Instagram, his personal account and his feel-good excursion feed, @adventurethatislife,
have nearly 90,000 followers combined.
Follow him there and @samciurdar.
PHOTO COURTES Y OF SAM CIURDAR