Photos and Words by Chris Pilling
If you enjoyed Sherpas Cinema’s INTO THE MIND Calgary segment with JP Auclair and Tom Wallisch, you know that Calgary, Alberta (where the segment was filmed) isn’t just a big city in the middle of farm and oil country, but also a mecca for urban skiing. 403Media spearheads the Calgary ski scene and played a key role in guiding and helping Sherpas Cinema through the filming of the Calgary urban segment. Follow 403Media in their own film making journey to see how this Canadian city’s ski scene ticks.
In 2012, 403Media set out to create their first feature film. A group comprised of two film makers and skiers, Brent Callow and Rob Boersma, set the bar high for the next seven months so they could capture many urban missions both day and night, road trips to various mountains, and the lifestyle of skiing in Calgary.
But the features don’t just appear. The crew arrives early, sets up, skis, and takes down any features. Leaving close to no evidence is important to the longevity of urban skiing. Respect for the property owners and people who normally use the grounds are key to staying out of trouble.
Being based out of Calgary has its perks, the streets are littered with features and there is always something new to hit. The crew has braved many colds nights dipping past -20°C (-4 Fahrenheit) and stretching into the early hours of the morning. Some nights they came away with tired minds and bodies and very little usable material, but the times they achieved what they came to do made it all worth it.
In search of powder, they teamed up with skiers Carter McMillan and Adam McCraw in Revelstoke, BC. They met some unfavourable avalanche conditions but with some careful guidance from the experienced skiers they came away with some great back country footage.
Overall the 2012/13 season could not have gone better for the 403Media. Their film “Doing it LIVE” premiered at Calgary’s Freshtival, a film festival showing all the new ski films produced by the big names in the industry. They opened up for Sherpas Cinema’s “Into the Mind”, and received praise in helping them with their Calgary urban segment. Now with their first film under their belts, they are looking to step things up for the next one. Bigger features, more production value, and more good times. Showcasing Calgary’s local talent, here is Doing it LIVE.