Depending on where you are, technically everyone who is selling their work that is shooting skiing in the backcountry needs a backcountry permit to shoot.
Generally the division is drawn between commercial shooting and documentary / reporting.
If you set up "props" or equipment other than a tripod, you are supposed to have a permit. If you are selling the work, you are supposed to have a permit, and if you use "models or actors" you are supposed to have a permit. I think ski movie production would fall into the category of needing a permit if you found yourself in court for some reason.
A lot of the larger more BC oriented production companies do. I feel like a lot of people don't though... and really, what's the likelyhood of them ever finding themselves in trouble for it.
I just wanted to know a little bit more about what industries have for a standard. I know it's required for any commercial works so I just thought I'd see who all was actually being legit when they went and filmed a ski movie/advertisement piece. I know other industries it's a scrutinized much more. I think it's something everyone should keep in the back of their head because all it takes is one lawsuit to ruin an up and coming production company/person.
All big ski films probably have permits. If you don't have proper location permits, then your production insurance probably won't cover any accidents, ect. Having airtight paperwork is really important for films with any widespread distribution because it covers their asses in the event of a lawsuit.
I just went through all this shit the last few weeks. (No lawsuits, just a shit ton of paperwork) *Sigh*
aaahhh i dunno man, pbp got in trouble last year for not having a permit to shoot on the national forest land around mount hood so they said fuck it. I don't think ski movie companies really get permits for hitting anything, some people like meathheads get permission to hit some rails but other than that. Now outside of the ski industry, big difference.
bigger production companies typically try to get permits/basic permission beforehand (i.e. asking permission to hit an urban feature), but that doesn't mean they won't try to hit it anyway even if they're denied permission.
plus PBP has so many filmers, I'm sure some of them get permits and others don't care. Probably depends on the zone, how they got there, and how visible it is / how likely they think it'll be they get caught.