Tough Month for Filmmakers in Tetons
The eighth episode of Xavier de le Rue's snowboard series Timeline was posted yesterday on Backcountry.com. In the five-minute short, de le Rue joins fellow big-mountain riders and filmmakers Jeremy Jones, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk in an attempt to ski the Grand Teton for their upcoming feature-length film Further.
What's not included in the film are the behind-the-scenes spills and mishaps that the crew encountered while filming. On April 1, Chin was caught in an avalanche on Albright Peak in Grand Teton National Park, later telling the Jackson Hole News and Guide that he “took a ride and got out.” He was uninjured in the slide. Some uncertainty surrounded early reports or the incident, however, as it coincidentally occurred on April Fool's Day, when false stories are prevalent, especially on the Web.
The next week, Ozturk took a tumble off a cliff while riding in the Rock Springs area south of Jackson. He didn't fare quite as well as Chin.
The crew are fortunate to have avoided a major mishap, but it's an interesting perspective on what's involved in making the films we enjoy and a reminder to keep safety first.
An earlier episode of de le Rue's Timeline series can be seen here.