For all that the season wasnt it seems to be delivering in late March. Today we headed back to our easy access high alpine resort Stubai. The first couple of runs were spent under the old two chair. This time we didn’t get to ski one of our favourite little couloirs first but it was fun none the less. After a couple really fun runs Paavo (http://finnishedinaustria.blogspot.co.at/) and I decided to work on the Follow Cam perspective again. The real goal here is for us to get comfortable enough filming while skiing so that we can Follow Cam each other down some longer and steeper faces. We think that when we get to that point we will be able to produce some really cool footage.
To start off the filming we just took speed from the piste and dropped into some POW. Once we both felt comfortable we headed out into some longer terrain. The snow was absolutely amazing! With nice supportive snow underneath and about 15cm of pure blower on top, the skiing was just about as good as it gets and on top of that the sun was out and shining!
As we get more experienced with filming, one thing that we are coming to realize is just how important the communication is between the Filmer and the skier. Unlike normal filming where the Filmer is stationary, both skiers are moving and because of the super wide-angle lens on the GoPro we both have to be really close together. For usable footage the camera cannot be more than about 10 feet away from the skier. The set up we are using is the 1m long carbon fibre pole from the 360 mount, with the GoPro attached to the end using a handle bar adapter. Most of the filming we have been doing has been on mellow terrain. We of course want to take this style of filming onto steeper terrain in the future, so the more practice we get in the more likely the chances are of producing new and interesting footage in the future.
There are some important things we have learned while working on this style of shooting. The first being that the side to front perspective of the skier looks much better then filming from behind. This means that the Filmer has to be in front of the subject, and be skiing at a speed which the subject can be following. Because the Filmer is in front of the subject means that they are looking backwards most of the time so be sure you know what’s coming!
The second tip I can give is to use the fattest skis possible when filming, I have been using my Praxis Powderboards with great success. This is because they are Reverse/Reverse skis and have no radius. Most of the time I am not forced to turn in order to control my speed, I can just adjust my weight backwards (to slow down) or forwards (to speed up). This means that as I am filming I can choose what distance the GoPro is from the subject in this case Paavo. The second reason being on the fattest pair of skis possible is that you want to be on top of the snow as you are filming, this provides a smooth surface which helps keep the camera stable! Hope that was some useful information for anyone interested in producing similar footage.
I don’t really have much else to say about the day. We skied POW, felt like we improved on our filming skills and had a great time. Here are some more screenshots of all the fun we had today!
Hopefully we will get one or two more storms out of this winter so that we can go out with a bang. Hope I didn’t just jinx it!
May the POW be with you!
Rupi and Bernie