Paul Madariaga is currently making a serial documentary on Scouting — showing how it benefits its members, the community and the nation as a whole. One of the chapters involves him traveling through Utah volunteering at a national forest and a thrift store, camping, and interviewing people as he bicycles from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City. He filmed it entirely on a POV camera, which he hopes to use at Jamboree to share the perspective of Scouts and Scouters as they engage in high adventure.
Always fascinated by inspiring storytelling and the creative process, Paul majored in film at the University of California Irvine. Equally interested in the military, he enlisted in the Army reserve and was deployed to Iraq. In Iraq, he designed flyers to be dropped from aircraft and passed out in Baghdad — including a comic book series in both English and Arabic (later used as an Iraqi textbook). Transferring to active duty as an officer, Madariaga served in Arizona, Texas and Afghanistan.
Madariaga also made a feature ancient Egyptian fantasy film entitled “Eye of the Bennu” filmed in the style of Indonesian shadow puppetry with papyrus. Now back as a reserve officer, Paul is applying his leadership to film sets as a videographer, assistant director, production coordinator and military adviser.
Paul has been involved in Scouting since being a Bobcat in Pack 101, Huntington Beach, California and became an Eagle Scout in Troop 1. He credits Scouting with encouraging a love of knowledge and conservation, and an attitude of service applied in both his film and military careers.
Madariaga will be coordinating NESA@SBR Videography and sharing his team’s videos on nesa.org. Make plans now to see Paul at the NESA Exhibit at the 2013 Jamboree.
Once an Eagle Always an Eagle.