Was in Squaw last weekend. On Sunday I was filming for a documentary about Squaw starting with the Washoe Indians settlement there. They guys filming were not skiers and they had this special camera called a “RED”. Some fancy camera that looks like 35 mm but it is digital is how I understand it. Conditions were very difficult. Wet snowfall from a couple days before on top of slush that was frozen at 10am in the morning. Plus since they did not ski we were limited to where we could go. I forced some stuff on KT including a 360 over the camera off of a semi-cornice dropping into East Bowl. Sketchy because when I landed my outrun was crust/ new/old snow moguls with chunk on top. After that I found a spot where I could air over this rock then ski out some bumps that had a little slush on them. After that I had them shoot rock garden as a long shot with a 300. We did not have time for much more because I was scheduled to be at the pool party up top and help emcee. I asked the guy if we were good and he said, yes, but could you do something spectacular! I started cracking up then I had top go.
Sometimes it’s hard to explain to non- ski filmers, what it takes to actually shoot good footage. In general I think people underestimate what goes into getting one good shot in a ski film. The time it takes to wait for conditions and planning the details. Not to mention the cameraman who are mostly former pros who whip in and out of lines with all the camera gear including tripods. I am always amazed when these crews try to shoot the stuff themselves instead of just hiring someone like Tom Day or Scott Gaffney.
I spent the rest of the day at the pool up top in Squaw. They had an air guitar contest. After watching a few people go I jumped in myself. It looked too fun. I found it to be harder than it looks. When I watched the other guys I kept thinking , why did he not do this or that. I did the” on the back Ac/dc move,” I did the big facial expressions, the riffing on the neck of the guitar, I am sure there is a name for that. My favorite move was when I took both hands off the guitar as if it was playing itself. In the end, I felt like I was off the music by forcing some of the moves. And I could not remember some of the moves I wanted to do. It was hard to do well. I found out they have a world Air guitar championships. I checked it on youtube, Daonoji, the world champ, reminded that I forgot to smash the guitar of course. Awesome.
Here is a good air guitar song:
Van Halen eruption:
Of course, that was followed by a bikini contest. The girl who won was very good a working it. There was this one girl with a better body but she did a model walk like you might see in a Miss America pageant. The judges were not impressed, they wanted to see booty shakin, which was a little surprising because the judges were all girls.
Not a bad weekend I guess. I camped on the couch and watched celebrity apprentice Sunday night. I watched Joan and Melissa rivers just embarrass themselves to no end. It was painful, I thought the mom was the most out of line and the most ridiculous. The whole thing was quite entertaining. Jesse James is going to win for sure. That Clint Black guy is just a weirdo.