01/11/2013 | by Oli Walker | 3 comments
Chances are you’re gonna spend a lot of time in snowparks staring through a lens, but by no means does this make you immune to the laws of the park. It’s frustrating enough having your line poached by a skier, but even more annoying having to wait for someone who’s not even riding to clear out of the landing. Pay attention to your surroundings. Park etiquette is always to give way to the person downhill from you, but if you’re not strapped in then you cede right of way to anyone that is, regardless of ability or where they are. Having a friendly reputation is one of the best tools in the trade, so don’t freak out at kids or other riders, you never know who they’ll grow to be.
Just as important is etiquette with other filmers and photographers. You’re likely to be spending a fair bit of time stood on knuckles or by booters with other cameramen, so use this time to make friends and be certain you’re not poaching their shot – you don’t want to piss of potential contacts. Ask if you’re in the way and if they’re filming a particular rider for a purpose, respect that. Either step away temporarily or even offer to provide a second angle. Who knows, you could end up getting credited in the next mega shred flick!