“The Director” – Chronicles: The Making Of Proximity Episode 1

In the spring of 2017, award winning film producers Garage Entertainment and Teton Gravity Research (TGR) will unveil Proximity, a new multimedia project that pairs surfing’s living legends with today’s most progressive young surfers. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Taylor Steele, Proximity showcases present-day surfing icons from different generations in diverse locations around the world.

Today, fans get an exclusive, behind-the scenes glimpse of Proximity’s personalities, places, and production in the first episode of Chronicles – The Making of Proximity. Presented by LifeProof, the four-episode, mobile-first series will kick start the journey toward Proximity’s cinematic climax.

The two surfers search for the elusive wave. Nathan Myers photo.

“I feel like my entire body of work has been building towards this production,” Steele says. “This unique creative union with TGR and Garage Media came from our desire to do something in surfing that hasn’t been done before. Utilizing the latest technology, traveling to the far corners of the globe with my favorite surfers, and presenting in film, photos, virtual reality, and print media. It’s pretty much my dream project.”

Steele, surfing’s most prolific and respected film director, began his career filming the young Kelly Slater and has been immortalizing surf culture for more than 25 years. Proximity is his first surf film in four years, and is poised to be his crowning achievement.

Taylor makes plans for the shoot before departing New York City. Nathan Myers photo. 

“Not only is Proximity the product of surfing’s greats,” says TGR’s CEO Todd Jones, “but it was produced using modern 4k and VR cameras that capture epic cinematography from land, sea, and air. It is shaping up to be the most eye-catching project I have had the opportunity to work on. TGR is truly proud to be involved.” 


Garage is the world’s number one in action/adventure sports. Specializing in stories of the adventurous spirit, Garage is an entertainment business based around producing and distributing premium content from the action-adventure sports base. Garage has been making inspirational, award-winning, category-best-selling film and TV for over a decade. Garage also boasts the world’s most comprehensive adventure sports film and TV library, representing over 3,000 titles including many of the most well-known and loved brands in the space. For more information on Garage, visit garage.com.au.


Taylor Steele is an award-winning director and producer who broke new ground at the age of eighteen with the release of the surf film “Momentum.” Over the next two decades, Steele directed and produced over forty best-selling titles, starring the world’s best surfers and musicians, garnering numerous accolades including Surfer Magazine’s 2002 “Top 25 Most Powerful People in Surfing,” a showcase at the National Geographic headquarters, and the 2010 Maui Film Festival’s prestigious Beacon Award. 

Some of his work was featured at the Gagosian Gallery NY and the Venice Biennale. Steele’s latest work in virtual reality earned him inclusion on Fast Company’s 2014 ‘100 Most Creative in Business” list.


TGR is the leading brand in adventure, action-sports, and youth-culture media. TGR’s world-class storytelling has captivated audiences for more than 20 years. With a global, multi-channel footprint, a thriving millennial audience, award-winning multimedia film projects, a rapidly growing experiential platform, and unprecedented viral content, Teton Gravity Research is one of the fastest growing media brands on the planet. TGR is a proud member of 1% For The Planet, BICEP, Surfrider Foundation, IMBA, and Protect Our Winters. 


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