How the night shoot came to be:
After the Colorado Freeride Festival ended I figured the course would be torn down the next day like always. The thought to film on it didn’t even cross my mind figuring it wasn’t even an option. A couple weeks after CFF I came back to Winterpark to ride some downhill and noticed the course was still standing. The first thing that popped into my mind was why have we not filmed this? I went and talked to the team manager asking if I could shoot it and he said he would find out for me asap.
I took a lap, got to the bottom and with a sweet grin on his face said “ how about we shoot it at night?
”. I was stoked! "Let’s do it man
!" We booked some sweet construction lights for a week later and went to work getting everything prepared. We managed to pull the whole thing together with the sickest film crew and photographer in Colorado.
We definitely had some hiccups on the shoot night though. I slammed pretty hard on only the second feature in, battled rain and snapped my chain around midnight with no shops open. I had to borrow a chain off of a fixie in the village, and had a close call almost sliding off the step up feature because of moisture. I had never flipped a step down, much less a fair sized one with limited visibility and I could not see my pedals at all on the flip whip, ha ha. The shoot was pretty YOLO, but was such an amazing opportunity. I am SO stoked that we could pull it off in one night even though we had a fair bit going against us!
HUGE shout to the Trail crew and Patrol for coming out way past bed time to help make this happen. I am super grateful for having gotten to work with Winterpark this season and hope to have another sick year with them, thanks boys!
(I know someone is going to bring up skipping the last jump. The reason being it was 2 AM, condensation was building up on the ramps and I wasn’t going to do much different than I had done on the first straight jump.
)- DJ Brandt
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