Aspen Photo Shoot: chasejarvis RAW Behind-the-Scenes Video

Real heli’s and remote octo-copters. Flying cameras and world-class athletes. Lots of hard work and a great campaign for one legendary resort.

Earlier this year in March you may have tuned into my live-updates while shooting the 2012-2013 campaign for Aspen/Snowmass resort. Amidst our 20 hour days we were able to kick out behind the scenes photos, some daily blog posts and a few other things highlighting our work (thanks to Aspen for being incredibly cool, most clients don’t let you do this…) But I also promised a behind-the-scenes vid… So here ’tis. 6 months after the actual shoot, but before anybody else gets to see it – we’re dropping it here today…timed with the launch of the campaign – and sharing several of the final ads before they land in magazines / billboards worldwide.

The focus for this work was to re-create and share the real Aspen experience, so we lived it. Shooting on location in the mountains comes with the usual crazy challenges. Cold weather, crazy wind, even colder hands and feet, scorching sun, altitude issues, running around above 12,000 feet… and in my case, a badly sunburned nose. While some of my BTS videos show that part of it, we wanted the focus of this video to be more on the ways we captured the photos, the people, the athletes, and the action. We skied, hiked, choppered, ate, drank and danced our way through this job – a helluva a lot work, but even more fun. Hope you enjoy.

Some nuts and bolts from the shoot not obvious from the BTS vid, but that you might be interested to know:
// I shot Nikon D3s + Canon 5d (remote from Octocopter) for stills and Nikon D7000 + Canon 7D for the Behind-the-scenes
// We strapped GoPros to my head, my leg, to an octo-copter, to myriad body parts on pro-rippers
// We used 2 real helicopters and 1 remote octo-copter
// Among the many shredders we worked with is legendary Chris Davenport. Literally one of the best pro skiers of all time. Chris has climbed and skied all 50+ 14,000 peaks in Colorado in one year and recently skied off Everest. Follow him here @steepskiing. Total badass. Consummate pro.
// We shot the entire campaign and video in 6 days
// We had a 6-person photo crew (2 producers, myself + 3 film/photo crew) + 25 others (agency, client, talent)
// We hiked + heli’ed to the top of Highland Bowl in pre-dawn hours and watched the sunrise above 12,000 feet.
// No animals were harmed in the production of this video – just a lot of brain cells

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And I can’t tell you enough how much I LOVE the music track behind this video. HUGE thanks to one of my favorite bands, The Glitch Mob for working with us to incorporate this song. In between playing amazing live music, getting brought onboard soundtracks for movies like TRON and Spiderman, they managed to squeeze us in. The video wouldn’t be the same without this music. Follow them here @TheGlitchMob and buy their albums here on iTunes.

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Aaron Bible says:

Thanks for sharing this Chase…would love to reconnect sometime when you are back in Colorado.

Jesse says:

truly professional work

What camera did you use to shoot this behind the scene video?

Daf says:

Cool stuff.
Ha love the 2-min/58-min snippet ;)

Brett says:

What fantastic shots… Makes me want to be there to experience it for myself!!

Sy S says:

Chase, for shame! Did I see you using a Canon on that Octocopter?? Kidding,.. Great Work and awesome video!

Whoa! I am psyched for the ski season now! Loved the video and your photos. What a high tech gizmo!
The first snow is coming in! Thanks for sharing. See you on the slopes…

Unreal! Favorite behind the scenes yet. Love the editing to the strong music.

“Had the shot in the first 2 minutes”….instant classic

Dov says:

Nice crown Chase. Are those real jewels? ;) As always, epic campaign and awesome video! Can’t wait for more!

Sara says:

Awesomeness in the can.

faisal says:

So much happens behind the scenes and we know nothing.

KZ says:

nice clip. I like the editing and the soundtrack.
this is excellent self-promotion material Chase. You know your shit.

Girish says:

Fantastic video. Brilliant effort there. Stunner.


Great work, Go Drones :)

Mike Folden says:

Super dope dude. Looks like a great shoot with some amazing weather and talent!

Mark Dunlap says:

Chase, or whoever might be available to post an answer.

On the BTS video footage, can you give an idea of how much of it was shot with the D7000 as compared to the 7D? I just picked up a new D7000 and am starting to experiment with video, so I’m always curious as to how it stacks up against video from Canon.

Erik Hecht says:

Hey Mark, the footage was mostly captured on the 7D as it’s my camera of choice and we wanted to shoot a lot of slow motion. There’s some D7000 footage in there too, particularly the (non GoPro) aerial shots from the full size helicopter in the beginning and the terrain park at the end.

Chris says:

Great to see the final product along with the BTS story. Thanks for being so transparent Chase. You’re an inspiration.

David says:

CANON ? ? ?
Does Nikon know bout this? Has the great Chase J been thinkin’ of swappin out?
I might be wrong, but I dont think I’ve seen you work a Canon before for a serious job.
As a 5Dmkll shooter I applaud, but I’m sure with a little thought a Nikon would have fit on that Little Heli just as well, and done as good a job, considering its not a low light shoot.
And before anyone comments to the effect:
“better risk the Canon for the danger shot than a Nikon”,
I will suggest the comeback:
“Canon has the balls for the tough work”
Jus’ sayin’

Jeff Scholl says:

When your helicam operator shows up with a specific model all ready proven and ready to roll it’s best to use your time shooting instead of wasting time on hacking/configuring downlink feeds, shutter hacks, and gimbal balance/clearance.

Jeff Scholl

Erik Hecht says:

David, Jeff’s right. His heli setup was rigged and dialed to use his 5Dmkii. Nothing controversial to see here, just us letting the expert do his thing with his gear.

Man, you just really made me want to go to Aspen!

DanielKphoto says:

Beautiful shots chase, and looks like they’ve been fun days as well :)

Amazing work, as always. I would love to get my hands on a RC helo for some shots here in Utah. Very inspiring, keep it up.

Nate Perkes says:

best behind the scenes video. unreal!

Jeremy says:

Awesome Video, thanks for Posting….

S. Allman says:

What wireless transmitter were you using on the 5D mounted to the octo-copter? I’m looking for something that’s light weight and can do wireless video off a video battery.

Jeff Scholl says:

We were using a 1.3 lawmate tx/rx for the video downlink.


Henning Ras says:

WOW !!!

It is ALL I can say!!

Keep the STUNNING WORK going !!



Jonny says:

Cool beans. Miss these vids. I’m also a major sucker for anything skiing related. Living the dream.

Tom VH says:

one word… actually two! Love it! Lots of big and heavy behind-the-scene-stuff! Anyway, it looks great and thanks for sharing your behind the scenes vids!

Sergio Moran says:

Where’s the D4? I have noticed some other guys like you (such as Mark Wallace, Ian Hylands and others) are not using their D4’s. I’m about to buy mine and I’m afraid to do so in order that you guys know something I don´t about it!!! Haha. It is kinda joke but seriosly… where´s the D4??? Is it for the XQD card??? Cheers.

Chip Kalback says:

Great to see what it took to put all of this together Chase! I enjoyed hearing you speak in Aspen this past weekend too.

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