I’ve been working with my friend Miranda Holson from Gunnison Colorado to create a documentary on the lives of female park skiers. We have 5 girls from all over Colorado that we are interviewing and filming ski. There is a very small, yet fun community of us in the US and it’s pretty tight knit, especially here in CO. In addition to exposing the life of the average female park skier, we’re focusing on the current issues this community and the individuals within it face.
Casey Davis, 20
Monica Frulla, 21
Jessica Rubino, 22
Cassy Gates, 21
Miranda Holson, 22
Filming and Equipment
This has been a really wonderful experience so far and we have gotten to film with some amazing equipment. We’ve been filming interviews in lighting studios with a Panasonic Eva 1. It’s my first time working with the Eva but I have to say it’s an amazing piece of equipment. We even bought Panasonic’s SD card to enable it to film in 4k and I can’t even believe how crisp the shots we’re getting are. We’ve also been using it to film some B roll of snow falling, time lapses, etc.
We have been filming the ladies skiing park a lot as well. We’re using a few different cameras, but my mostly we use a Cannon T5i. The camera is fitted with a mic and mounted on a gimbal or a glidecam for the day. Sometimes we’ll use a tripod instead and shoot from a set location.
In addition to all of this we have plans for the spring and/or late winter to build a backcountry jump and film with a drone. We’re currently working on finding a good spot to film where it is legal to fly drones. For this, we will be using a DJI Phantom 3.
This is a really exciting opportunity for Miranda and myself and we’re trying to take advantage of it as much as possible. Through the separate Universities that we attend, her and I have ample access to some amazing filming equipment. We are also fortunate enough to have some of our own personal gear.
Miranda and I have been doing a lot of research into different lifestyle and skiing documentaries. Here is a list of the ones that we have found particularly inspiring and are keeping in mind while creating our own documentary.
While We Can
Other works for inspiration (don't have easily accessible links)
Z boys documentary
Lords of Dogtown
Ten and Two