SEARSPORT, Maine – Jeremy Grant wants you to get up off the couch and go outside.
It’s nothing personal, notice.
The Searsport-based videographer has an unwavering belief in the possibilities that can arise when people interact with the natural world. He spends his life documenting the world to get people excited about him.
“I want to inspire people to just go out. Maine is cold and it can be boring if you don’t accept it, ”he said. “My slogan is, ‘Go find something awesome. You have to go and do it. There are so many amazing things out there.
In his own life, Grant, 34, strives to do as much as he can, always with a camera or two in hand.
He shares his adventures with an ever-growing audience on his social media pages. The more than 17,000 Facebook fans of The Timber Cross, his film and media company, are quick to like and comment on the videos, which use booming drone footage and strong storytelling skills to capture both the rugged beauty of Maine and the strength and common sense of Mainer.
“I am so blessed by the community that follows my adventures,” he said. “Exactly. We want to inspire people to build this amazing community and to use social media for what they really could and should be.”
Grant, a lanky and excitable man who sports a bushy lumberjack beard and whose reborn Christian faith informs his work, grew up in Aurora and Waltham in rural Hancock County. It doesn’t cover his childhood, but there were trials, he said. Her house had no running water or electricity, and her mother was struggling with an addiction.
But the woods were a place of consolation for him.
After graduating from Ellsworth High School, he hit the road. Grant has traveled all over the United States and Europe, doing various jobs and “having fun”.
“I just needed to be adventurous, to explore,” he said. “There is so much that we can miss if we sit down. ”
After five years, he returned home to Maine, where he was ready for a change.
“When I came back from my trip, I was pretty raw. I got really lost and damaged, ”he said. “And I was lucky. I met a really good friend who I used to cross country with and who invited me to church. I just found Jesus. And it was phenomenal.
Grant married his high school girlfriend Katrina and began working in construction. He was pretty good at it, but it wasn’t something that enlightened him.
It turns out that his passion was drone photography. A client first told him about cameras when he was working at Viking Lumber in Hancock.
“It just sparked something,” he said. “It was one of those things that was so incredibly intuitive. I picked it up faster than anything in my life. There’s so much freedom in that.
Grant and a friend from the church started the film and media company to tell “real stories.” They named it The Timber Cross, which was a nod to their faith and the construction industry. A few months later, the friend gave up, but Grant continued. About five years ago, he bet he could turn his work in video and photography into a full-time career.
“Everyone was like, ‘You are so crazy,'” he said. “I was making a lot of money in construction. I left and leaned over to make these videos. When I went strong, that’s when the explosion happened.
As its audience grew, more opportunities presented themselves. He made a deal with the owner of the Weston-based touring team, Canoe the Wild: he would spend a week on the Allagash and in return, make a short promotional film about the trip. The resulting video, “The Allagash – Canoe the Wild”, is a 16-minute sequence showing the grandeur and peace of the Maine woods. He used the drone and other cameras to capture images of moose, eagles, river rapids and the starry sky.
Jonathan Hayes, a musher from the Saint John Valley, saw this video as he planned a 261 mile dogsled ride to honor Togo, a heroic sled dog who led his team in inclement weather to transport a rescue serum in Nome, Alaska on a 1925 trip. diphtheria epidemic.
Hayes contacted Grant just two weeks before the trip began to see if he could document the March 2021 adventure.
“He let go of what he was doing and he said yes,” Hayes of Saint David said this week. “Jeremy was the right man for the job because he’s a true adventurer and lover of the northern woods. ”
For Grant, the dogsled trip, which ultimately covered 280 miles from Fort Kent to Greenville, was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down. Everything was there: the beauty of Maine’s winter, the drama of the arduous challenge, the rich history of mushing and the legendary history of Togo.
“Before I was even done with the email, I was like, ‘Yes, this is happening,’” he said. “I’ll give it my all.
Another opportunity that presented itself at the last minute was the chance to make a documentary about Mike Thurlow, a lumberjack from Lee who, for several years, donned a full lumberjack outfit and wore a chainsaw to run the Millinocket. Half-Marathon earlier this month. Thurlow, 66, and a team of runners wearing similar costumes do so to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
But this time it was Grant making the request – about a week before the December 4 event.
“We made a good friendship, really,” said the lumberjack. “I like his energy. I told him this because I’m running out of energy. I just thought it was a really good thing that he wanted to come up and do that.
Grant brought cameras and borrowed a chainsaw from Thurlow. He ran and filmed, and after Lumberjack finished the half marathon, Grant decided to continue, finishing the marathon course later that night, after all of the organizers had already returned home. He arrived last at nine 37 minutes and paid for the effort with bad blisters and a dislocated toe.
But it was worth it, he says. For him, it was great to come to Milllinocket with his wife and four young children, who cheered him on. It also meant a lot to be a part of Thurlow’s team.
“We want these videos to be real,” Grant said. “We want to tell good stories. We want people to feel something. This video, featuring an amazing 66-year-old man, who carries a 13.1-mile chainsaw, shows you how incredibly proud he is to be a part of it. I want people to feel this.
In the end, that’s what motivates him.
“I want to inspire people,” Grant said, adding that he felt very lucky that his wife was firmly in his corner. “She supports me in these choices. She wholeheartedly believes that we must embrace our passions. That we have to be the most ourselves to be able to truly contribute to this world. “