Ok so I've always been curious about these things and these questions are mainly directed at movie companies like Level 1, who are fairly big but not like WME and companies like STEPT who are up and coming.
questions for companies on the same level budget wise as Level 1
When you fly to other countries to hit handrails do the sponsors pay for ALL the expenses?
(hotel rooms, gas, plane tickets etc)
When you fly to other places to hit rails do you bring shovels, lights, bungies winches with you on the plane? Or do you ship it ahead of time? Or do you rarely bring a winch with you if you are flying somewhere?
(This might be a dumb question but whatever) When planning a trip for rails, or powder or anything really how do you decide what athletes you want to bring on the trip? Do you contact the majority of them and see if they are available and whoever is available you chose from them? Or do have a set selections of athletes for the trip and just plan it whenever they are available?
Noticing that most of the Level 1 crew picked up fs700's do your sponsors pay entirely for your cameras, computers, tripods, and lenses? I cant imagine they would, but thats a hefty wad of cash for a fs700
If an athlete logs a ton of footage and has a banger segment put together but their sponsors wont give you the money you want/need will they just not have a segment?
At the beginning of the season do you have an idea of how you want to theme/edit your movie or is that pretty much all done in the editing process? Do you usually let your riders pick their songs? If you are paying for permission to use the song on average how much do you have to pay?
Give a rough estimate of how much time you spend editing one segment.
How do you sort your footage? Do you make folders with all the riders names and put their shots in that folder?
DO you have a list of all the supplies you need to go on a trip that you look at everytime you pack? How do you keep track of all your shit?
What do you find to be the hardest part of making a ski movie each year?
Companies on the same budget level as STEPT
(A lot of the questions apply to companies like you that were posted above too)
But one's i feel specific to you guys:
Do you guys (Stept in particular) Plan to switch from 7ds to somethings else such as the GH3 or some other camera in the near future?
Im really curious to know if companies like you guys pay for gas, hotel rooms, and camera equipment as well.
Is it tough for you guys to get money from your sponsors? Are trips ever limited/cancelled due to the amount of $ given by sponsors?
I know level 1, when flying elsewhere besides the states to hit rails will have a guide to show them some rails wherever they may be. But When you guys drive from place to place hitting rails do you pretty much just scour the streets for spots on your own? Or do people help you guys out too?
Do you guys make a decent profit off of your movies? How do you split up the money?
And lastly which goes for both companies riders,
How the fuck do you make huge ass lips for urban features? Do you use a support to hold up all of the snow while building it? Do you cut out blocks like you do in the backcountry?
For example when Clayton and Cam are filming rails in Alaska and you bag a tight shot, dont you go "Fuck I wish that shot could go in my segment in the Stept movie instead."
Does it ever bug you watching a movie and you end up disliking the music in your part, or the vibes or the way its cut? If so have you been able to change that? (Im talking about if you are an athlete that was in a TGR or a WME movie)
I know this is a shitload of questions, but these are just things I often wonder about when watching ski films.
Itd be real cool if people from these companies or like these companies would respond if theyve got the time!
It's symbolizes what I feel. I'm at war with the haters.