Productions & clients

Video production 101

Video production is a vast subject. So how does that work? What is it that I do?

Let’s keep things simple. Give me your ideas, your objectives, and your budget. I’ll take it from there on, till the delivery of the final product. Whether you’re aiming at a 3-min clip, a live webcast, a TV newscut, a documentary or even all at once, I can make it happen. I’ll recruit the team and organize the workflow that you need to reach your goals, making sure that every penny spent on your production returns the best possible value. 

Budget, planning and deadlines are essential aspects of a successful production. But hey, now let’s throw some magic in the mix as well! Bringing out the right storylines, original camera angles and fancy editing are equally important. I could go on and on about creativity and such. But since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’d rather let you have a look at my work on the videos page.

From cameramen to script writers to helicopter pilots, I have built an extensive network of collaborators to face all kind of challenges, and deliver the goods no matter what the conditions are.

Just like I do for the guys below. Check them out.

Name: Freeride World Tour
Location: Austria, France, Canada, USA, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, Italy…

“The best riders on the best mountains in the ultimate freeride competition”. Well that says it all, doesn’t it? The typical season consists in 5-6 stops in some of the most prestigious resorts around the planet: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Squaw Valley, Kirkwood, Alaska, Sochi… and the list goes on. I’ve been in charge of TV/video production since 2009 on the FWT. But there’s no such thing as routine on the Tour. Each contest brings its own challenges in terms of logistics, remoteness, high altitude, subzero temperatures, and tight timing for the TV news and web content delivery. My typical crew on the FWT consists in about 35 people.

IBC Amsterdam 2015, 30 min talk about Freeride World Tour for Adobe

Name: Xtreme Verbier
Location: Verbier, Switzerland



The number one freeriding event in the world, the Xtreme Verbier fascinates of the core freeride scene as well as the mainstream media. It is also the grande finale of the Freeride World Tour series. Live TV production at 3300m altitude is served yearly around end of March. I’ve been handling TV production at the Verbier Xtreme since 2009.






One that doesn’t need an introduction! From event productions with the Red Bull Elements, athletes portraits and projects with Alexis Pinturault and Pierre Vaultier, the Soul Flyer’s Skycombo, the “Wings for Life World Run“, Red Bull is never short of cool projects.


Name: Wings For Life World Run
Location: The World !
Role: Live production – Executive Producer for France


Name: Team Mennen – Red Bull Elements 2015
Location: Talloires, France
Role: Conception – Executive Production – Director

Name: 13 faces du Valais
Location: Wallis/Valais, Switzerland
Role: Executive producer – co-director

Name: Skycombo project
Location: Mont Blanc / Chamonix, France
Role: Executive producer – Director


Some of my favourite edits / productions / or projects that I contributed to.

Swatch Skiers Cup, Big Mountain Competition Highlights clip. Nearly 500K views on Youtube alone!

Freeride World Tour 2013, Courmayeur-Mont-Blanc Highlights clip

Red Bull Elements 2012, Talloires, France – Action clip


Freeride World Tour 2013 teaser


Swatch Freeride World Tour Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 2012


Promo clip Serre-Poncon lake – Institutional


Swatch Freeride World Tour Fieberbrunn-PillerseeTal 2012


Night kayaking – slow motion


Freedom Fries – Outdoor Games 2007 entry – good memories!


Freeride World Tour 2011 teaser



  •  Nationality: French
  • Spoken languages: French, English, Italian

As the URL of this website suggests, my name’s David Arnaud. I’m a freelance producer and filmmaker.

I work on events such as the Freeride World Tour, Red Bull Elements, Wings For Life World Run, Nissan Outdoor Games, Swatch Skiers Cup as well as on athletes profiles, documentaries and films.  

Lots of extreme and outdoor sports represented in that list of events, you may think. And you’d be right. In fact my résumé includes 20+ years of whitewater paddling, and I’ve recently added hanggliding in my list of hobbies. So yes, I’m one of these outdoor freaks, which may explain the nature of the events listed above. I’ve done a bit of competing in my early days, till being ranked 5th at the 2001 World Championships; this was followed by several years of fulltime travels and expeditions around the world, some extreme kayaking, and lots of filming along the way. I’ve been lucky enough to visit numerous destinations like Norway, Canada, USA, Reunion island, South Africa, Libya, Thailand, Indonesia, Morocco, Siberia, Chile, Costa Rica, Turkey…
I discovered afterwards that documenting my paddling trips on class V rivers had been the best way to learn to film in hostile environnements. Indeed, rivers must be the closest thing to a filmmaker’s nightmare.

I have worked with different kayaking-related sponsors over the years, and also larger brands such as Salomon, Eider, and today the Outdoor division of Adidas. In the meantime I also graduated from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business. “A pro-kayaker with an education: what is this world coming to?”, was a friend’s reaction back then.

The TV production chapter began with my involvement on the Nissan Outdoor Games as a cameraman, then as a director. Soon after that, I got to manage the whole TV production on the freshly-born Freeride World Tour. The rest you can check on the Productions and Clients page.

For more details about what I can do for your event or your filming project, grab your phone and call me.