Behind The Scenes: Seth Hill & WildCard Movies venture into the Baker backcountry
Words & photos: Seth Hill
It’s easy to see separations in any community; same can be said for the snowboard industry. From a riders perspective there are two paths to choose from. Each path has a very different route and work that must be put in for success.
Until this year my path was laid out in a very definitive way with contests at the root. With a few filming opportunities popping up I choose to split my path in two and add filming to the agenda.
Unlike the contest tour, filming has no defined schedule. You travel where the snow is and hope you can make the most out of it. As many know, the Colorado Rockies had a slow year and didn’t get quite the amount of snow as we all hoped for. So, as March rolled around and my contest schedule slowed down, I headed for Baker to meet up with my friends at WildCard Movies who I was filming a part for. I had done a bit of filming in the past but it had always been second to contests; this was far from the case at Mt. Baker.
Seth kicking it in the beautiful Washington backcountry | Full Gallery
When it came to riding and filming with WildCard Movies for the upcoming movie Shred-A-Vision, things were taken pretty seriously, and when it came to putting in work everyone did their part. I lived in Bellingham with filmer/photographer Jeremy Dubs for literally 25 days. And of those 25 days not a single one was wasted. If it was sunny we were hitting a jump, if it was dumping we were shredding little lines or tree stuff, and if it wasn’t worth going up we were working on the skits for Shred-A-Vision. With at least one, if not three cameras out at any time, everyone involved was there to help get the most out of every mission.
Like I said, I’ve done a little bit of filming in the past but nothing close to what the guys at WildCard Movies are doing. Everyday there is a solid, motivated crew doing what ever it takes to get the shot. When it comes to being unique or different, these guys are on their game. With fully rehearsed skits and an insane knowledge of the terrain, I knew I was in a good place. And with that, I can’t wait to get back to Baker and continue filming with them.
Check out wildcardmovies.com for more info on the crew and their upcoming flick Shred-A-Vision, out this fall.