Last season, the boys over at Inflik Media made the call to put their entire lives on hold and spend a whole winter living in an RV shooting urban. Earlier this month, they dropped in to the forums and answered your questions about the making of 'The Doorstep Project'. If you haven't seen the fruits of their labor, make sure you check the full film out below. If you have, give it another watch to refresh your memory and read on to find out how it all came together, what the highs and lows were, and whether anyone got laid in the RV.
What were some of the worst moments and best moments? What was the best thing you ate on the trip? How did you decide who slept where in the the mohome? and if you had to pick the MVP of the trip who? (CBAKES)
Zam- yo C.Bakes! first off it was awesome meeting you man! For those of you who don't know, C.Bakes is the definition of a downass Homie. From running Jarv to the hospital to see if his arm was broke, to bringing us a case of kirkland-style gatorade and ramen noodles from Costco, to putting Kieran's phone in rice at his house when the moho was to cold and damp to dry it out, to countless bungee pulls, to holding it down as Chief winch operator, you killed it for us on so many levels. Big Thanks man!
As far as your question goes: the sleeping arrangements were already sorted out when I finally linked up with the crew, luckily for me there was no one sleeping across the front seats of the Ho yet, so I snatched that up. very grateful I was only "floorguy" for one night. Best food of the trip... I gotta say TimBits, having never spent much time in Canada before this trip I was pretty stoked on discovering TimHortons. Deep Deep Dish from Lil Sleezers is a close second. There were an infinite amount of great moments on this trip, every time someone laces a trick it brings joy to the whole crew. Also, shoving Jarv through the upper window when we locked the keys in the Ho was a big victory. Worst moment was definitely when I sliced my leg open on my binding and realized it was all coming to an end early for me. I would definitely choose Wiz Kaleeb Weston as the MVP, it takes a special breed to stand out in the cold for countless hours, day after day, all season long, trying to get the perfect shot, let alone the amount of time he spent sorting footage and putting the movie together. Wiz is also one of the most encouraging filmers I have ever worked with, kid gets it, knows when to be patient, and when to try to light a fire under the rider. Plus he also got a bunch of shots in front of the lens! [Editor's note: see below, he kills it!]
What was the biggest moment of self doubt that you experienced during the making of this movie? (Mr.Bishop)
Inflik - After diving head first into this with the sole idea of simply living out of the motorhome all season, at the end of May we drove the Moho back to Kamloops. So exhausted from living the whis lyfestyle we slipped into a short coma in Jarreds @mummamizz basement for 14 hours then proceeded to cleanse the home.
The last walk thru with the rig all cleaned as I backed out of the door the sun was down after putting the last 6 months of our life into bags and finding many mysteries throughout. The slight shutter in the final shot my battery went flat. Closure was felt one could say.
The next day we drove it up to the hill on the last day it was insured and went our separate ways. Jarred went back to whis with doublecheese, Kieran moved out in to the bush below Sun Peaks to begin working, Parks stayed in whis for a bit. And me.. I moved back to Revy to work at at timber mill... With over 1000gb of raw footage, a couple notes scribbled down along with way but overall not really any plan.
"Self Doubt" was questionable and it took a good month to get to the point where it was all sorted and on timelines. Once it was on there it wasn't much to put it together. It's just a bit overwhelming to sort that amount of footage. Kamloops was hard to trim down to a reasonable length. Debated about splitting the segment night/day but decided to mix together to shorten it up. Prince George was started in the library in whistler with Kieran on rain days (hangovers) I confrientated the mood of that segment quite a bunch and I am hoping after watching the gruesome crashes we went thru that the Revelstoke segment upped the mood with the big features. So much snow and I happen to be local. Whistler was a shit show and the credits were such a blast. good memories and im stoked on the outcome to commitment to practicality to struggles to ratio and im done typing thanks Doug!
Zam - Great question Mr.Bishop! Each member of the crew can, this is the type of shit I love to read about on newschoolers, so I will do my best to answer.
A little back story leading up to my moment of self doubt: My trip from Lewistown, Montana to Kamloops was stressful to say the least. I didn't time my journey very well with the weather, and ended up making the majority of the trip in a snowstorm. A top speed of 45mph makes an 800 mile drive seem like an eternity, and have you ever tried to cross the border from eastern Montana to Alberta with dreadlocks? My advice is don't. Take the longer route and cross from Washington straight into BC, it will be faster anyway. In the nearly 6 hours the customs officials spent tearing my car and gear apart, (they didn't find anything) not a single other car was searched, and the guy flat out told me they were searching me because of my hair. They even took the time to remove my car battery, X-ray my spare tire, and turn every pair of socks inside out. Eventually I made it out of customs. (good thing I vacuumed out the truck before I left.) A few hours later I made it to Calgary, only to miss my exit and get lost. I spent about 3 hours driving around Calgary completely turned around before I found the highway headed West. it was almost 4 in the morning by this point so I pulled into a Walmart parking lot for a much needed nap. The next evening, after another full day of tense, snail-paced driving on slick roads, I finally made it to Kamloops. But my troubles weren't quite over, now we arrive at my moment (2 days) of self doubt.
Call it poor planning, call it ignorance, call it stupidity, call it whatever you want, but until i arrived in Kamloops, I didn't really realize that being from America, my phone does not work in Canada. Couple that with the fact that I was looking for a Motorhome, with no known address, in a city I had never been to before, and I didn't know what the fuck I was going to do. This is when the overwhelming rush of self doubt hit me. Thoughts of "what the fuck am I doing here?" flooded my mind for the two days I spent searching for the crew in Kamloops.
It was a pretty big leap of faith for me to pull the trigger on this trip and get involved with a crew that I didn't really know too much about. At this point I had never even met most of the homies. I first met Kaleb and Jarv down in New Zealand a couple years ago, our visions' meshed pretty well together and we linked up to make some edits, but we didn't really hang out other than skiing. We kept in touch online over the next two years, but by no means knew each other well. Looking back, I think this was a main source of my doubts, not really knowing what I was getting myself into, or who I was getting into it with.
Exhausted from my journey and not sure where to go, I ended up getting a hotel room; which paid off because it was their internet that finally got me in contact with the boys. After several miscommunications, some poor timing, a lot of wrong turns, and two very long, stressful, and doubt-filled days, I finally met up with Jarv near the Toys R Us parking lot. He lead me to my first spot of the trip, where my doubts were quickly dispersed upon meeting the crew and finally clicking into my skis.
Knowing what you now do walking away from this kind of experience, how has your outlook on everyday life changed? (Alexzastre)
Nikula - That is a really great question. For this project we all had to dive in head first. We put everything else in our lives aside. We left our jobs, our homes, our friends and girlfriends. As soon as we started shooting in Kamloops we more or less cut off from everything. We went for nearly 6 weeks straight of only living in the motorhome and shoveling and skiing street everyday. Life in the motorhome was no easy task. It was cold, damp, and crowded. We never had dry boots. We rarely had electricity.
We were so crammed in there, anything that any of us did affected everyone else in some way. That was a big factor in the way my life changed after we stepped away from the motorhome. After the motorhome I moved out into the bush, in a 17 foot travel trailer. lived the summer without electricity and cell service . built my own outdoor kitchen, solar gravity shower and water system. I would sleep next to a fire in a hammock every night, go catch fish every day, and more or less cut off from almost everyone for a few months. A bit of much needed solitude. That is carrying on into this winter, as well. Living in a tiny cabin, by modest means.
What are three essential items needed for passing the time in an RV packed with stinky, sweaty, skiers? (_JFarris)
Jarred - We tried to spend as much time out of the RV as possible. Finding spots, building spots, and shooting took up the majority of our time. As far as time spent in the RV, a good speaker with some quality music is key! We also spent a lot of time around the computer reviewing shots, watching movies, and watching wiz mane throw together shots. A speaker , a computer, and third.... beer lots of beer.
Some of those crashes were so rough, what keeps you motivated to continue hitting a spot after sending your friends to the hospital? ( _JFarris)
Jarred - Its always tough seeing a friend go down. Depending on the seriousness of the injury it could be a session ender. I personally find a lot of my motivation from the people im riding with, i usually take a step back when someone gets injured. Maybe save it for the next day..
Inflik - In way way, seeing your friend crash like that is motivating in itself. getting a trick on those specific spots was like earning a well deserved revenge.
Will anyone be trying that insane kink rail that you guys won bail of the year on again? (SDrvper)
Jared Martin - I could see myself stepping to that rail again one day. I know its possible
Nikula - I am probably going to pass.
Please tell me someone got laid in the RV? (403MEDIA)
Nikula - At first, I definitely thought the motorhome would be devoid of females. Not the case at all! Some good timing and a strict adherence to the bro code and we all did just fine. It was all good
What was the worse run in with johnny law? and what was the worst injury? (Roan.)
Nikula - The cops were real chill. kicked us out of a few street spots. told us about other spots where they thought it might be low bust. Cops in Canada get it, they are chill about it mostly. Worst Injury was definitely Hunter exploding his liver and kidney
Zam - THIS! the cops in Canada are awesome. Getting kicked out of spots was so pleasant compared to smalltown Montana or Salt Lake City
The whole Q&A session can be seen here: