Chase Jarvis photographing skiier Chris Davenport
Visually, what boundaries are being pushed in the latest adventure films?
CHASE JARVIS: Technology is really democratizing things for creators. Adventure and action sport filmmakers are able to give their audience a closer view to the heart of action. The POV stuff is insane. [Whether working with] climbers, surfers, skiers, or divers, we can show what it feels like to be 10 feet back in a barreling wave, and then the chaos when it closes out.
High quality images and video from smaller, lighter, better equipment are helping to push the envelope like never before. These leaps in technology, from your iPhone and GoPros to RED cameras and the Phantom stuff, are allowing us to show what is actually happening like never before. This is also attracting more talent into visual arts and creative pursuits. With $300 you can take HD video of yourself crushing it on a powder day, and it actually looks good. That excites people. Hopefully this is making more people want to create photos and film.
Finally, I think it’s the most exciting time in the history of mankind to be a photographer or filmmaker. There's a great quote from Francis Ford Coppola where, and this was 10 years ago, he basically predicts this whole thing: ‘The great hope is that people who wouldn’t normally make films will be making them. Suddenly, one day some little fat girl in Ohio is going to be the new Mozart and make a beautiful film with her father’s camera. And for once the so called professionalism about movies will be destroyed forever—and it will really become an art form.’ I back that sentiment. It's awesome.
What’s the most positive effect of social media on the film industry?
CJ: The exciting thing about social media is that it does help level the playing field a bit. It allows the individual to have a bit more control in getting their work, art, and story out to the world. I mean, without YouTube we might never have discovered the genius of Justin Bieber!
What is your favorite location to shoot?
CJ: That's a tough one. I fell in love with New Zealand years ago, and then recently did some work in South Africa; that place blew me away. And I was reminded recently that Aspen is hard to beat on so many levels.
Any special plans while you're in town for The Meeting?
CJ: Reconnecting with my friends in Colorado is always awesome. My wife and I spent some seasons in Steamboat. As much as we love Seattle, the vibe in the mountains is hard to replicate. There are some top tier panelists coming in this year. [I’ll be] hearing what those people have to say, watching the films, and getting out on the river for some fly-fishing
The Meeting is an annual snowsports film festival and conference held in Aspen Thursday, September 27 through Saturday, September 29. For info on the NEPSA Awards, movie lineup, music concerts, and industry conference details, visit aspensnowmass.com/themeeting.