Clayton Vila is on top of the game. Actions speak louder than words, so sit back and enjoy --
This fall, Clayton will be releasing his first solo film project, titled FIVE. The trailer to his upcoming solo project, FIVE, will be made public at 2pm EST.
Clayton will also be stopping by this thread on Friday afternoon to answer your questions, so if you have ever wanted to ask him something, now's the time. Simply post your question in this thread and wait! We'll update it with the exact time later in the week.
Why do a solo project, and what was the main catalyst in deciding to do one?
Making my own film has always been something I have wanted to do. I have always been very involved with the editing and filming of my segments with Stept and the movie as a whole, and directed and producing my own film is simply the next step for me. This movie is not a way to best portray my skiing like The Creep, or any of my other stept segments has been. This is about the filmmaking and establishing myself as a director and producer. Many of us riders in the Stept movies essentially direct our segments every year; setting up camera angles, editing, ect, but never see any credit for it.
How different is doing a solo project versus filming with a crew?
The filming and skiing process was almost exactly the same. I raised a budget through my sponsors and hired Stept to film me for the year. However, that meant that Cam, Shea, Sean, Chuck, and myself went out and did the same exact shit we do every year. I was still directing how everything was shot when I skied, while still spending even more time filming all those guys. The only difference was that I every one of my shots went straight onto my hard drive. What was much different was all the shooting I did in Hollywood. That was my first time directing and producing anything not involved with skiing.
The business side was the big difference this year. Of course, to even make it happen I had to spend countless hours making proposals and talking on the phone convincing people to give me money to make a movie. Once I got the funds, I started my own business, CRV Industries, as a way to hold my budget and deal with my taxes appropriately, which any business owner knows is a complete shisthow to do on your own. And from there I proceeded to spend every dime on making the wildest shit I possibly could. And after it all, I am releasing it for free and donít have a dime to show for it. Trying to perform at you highest level on skis, while book keeping your business expenses is definitely no walk in the park.
What is your desired reaction with FIVE? What are you hoping people will be thinking when the credits roll?
I want a ton of different reactions. This movie is very abstract, and it has a lot of subjective meaning. Hopefully everyone will make something different out of it. It is far from the average construction of any ski film or segment, but it still tells a story. One thing I can guarantee is that people are going to think it is very weird, and thatís what I want. I like making people feel weird.