Back in early October, we heard about the Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop that was to be hosted on November 2nd by the Utah Avalanche Center. Since we love to support the UAC, we started brainstorming up ways to make a video to help them promote the event.
After some thought, we got in touch with Brody Leven to see if he’d be interested in “hosting” a little show about the event. The message we wanted to portray was that these events aren’t intimidating and are well worth the $20 or $30 they usually cost to attend.
With (very) little planning, we headed to the event with a camera to meet up with Brody. It was scary at first because we had zero plan of what to shoot or what the story would be, and the event was in a boring looking convention center. Oh, and to top it all off we didn’t bring any lights. Just the camera and a microphone.
Brody came up with the idea for the opening scene, in which he gets a call from a ski partner who has decided to choose skiing powder over furthering his knowledge of avalanche safety. After the call, Brody essentially “dumps” his ski partner. Right after we filmed this segment we mutually brainstormed the idea about finding a new partner at the event. Once we had this idea in our heads, the storyline started flowing and we ran with it.
Sometimes it’s difficult to pick up the camera and go shoot without a plan, in fear of coming back with either nothing or crap. This video is a good example of taking a chance and figuring out a way to make it work in just a couple of hours. Remember, as long as you’re telling some type of story the footage itself doesn’t need to be spectacular.
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