Dreams of a Footage Fiend: The Nevin Falloon Interview
(Main Photo: Sarah Belford)
Born and raised, educated and self-schooled along the rolling, view-filled Sea to Sky highway, Nevin Falloon has been trying his damnedest to document the talented people he’s met on it for half a decade now. He’s an unassuming, bespectacled butterfly of a boy who collaborates well, can always be seen in the park, knows his camera(s), comes from the school of Footy Fiend and Dope Industries combined with a Sherpas / Capilano, academic, documentary style approach to filming and editing. Therefore, the projects he comes with and contributes to always result in being poignant, entertaining and a feast for the senses. We had a chat with the proud, talented and recently relocated Whistlerite.
DL: Where did you come from and how did you get into skiing?
NF: I’m from Pemberton, BC. My Dad got me skiing when I was around 2 or 3 years old, skiing around with me in a backpack. Eventually I went through ski school. Growing up and skiing Whistler I was always around skiing and I really started to get into freeskiing when I was like 13. I remember watching 7 Sunny Days for the first time, and that was a pivotal point for sure.
DL: How long have you lived in Whistler and what brought you there in the first place?
NF: My parents lived in Whistler when I was born and then we moved to Pemberton shortly after, so I went through school and everything there. I left my parents Pemberton place for Whistler just this year and I’m here because this is my home. I love skiing in Whistler and also it’s the best place to pursue my filming right now. ￼
DL: Who are your influences, and what drives you to produce?
NF: Influences are endless to me. Anything could spark something that may eventually relate to my work. The main ones would be skiing, skateboarding, surfing… music has also been a huge part of my life. It started out as just making edits for fun, but I really fell in love with filming and editing and now I’ve got all these ideas that I want to make realities. Its sick when you have something in your head and you can make it come to life. ￼
DL: What is your dream project to be a part or have you already been a part of it? What’s the next big project / style for you to try?
NF: I’ve got lots of dreams [haha]. One would be to get to make a full-movie with all my homies. I’m pretty young so I’ve got a long time to make that happen. Getting to film with Brandon Kelly, Corey Vanular, Max Hill and Leigh Powis last year was pretty rad. I was getting into park and freeskiing when those guys were on the come-up and I used to watch their edits a lot. I watch so many edits [haha]. I tend to pick what I like best about the ones that stand out to me and try and do what they did. It usually comes out being different and either I’ll like how it looks or move onto something else. I have been watching a lot of skateboarding lately and I just got a fish eye lens this year and I’ve been loving filming with that. Also I just got an HMC 150 so its been fun messing with the servo zoom. .
DL: How beneficial was going to school for cinematography? Do you think an academic approach can facilitate anything in a filmer who doesn’t have a personal passion for film in the first place?
NF: School was very beneficial, although I didn’t really realize it at first. I went to Capilano University and took the Documentary Film Program. When I think back now that program did nothing but good for me. I made some friends, filmed tonnes, and learned about the industry. I was heading back home basically every weekend to ski and/or film.
I started out filming because my friends were getting pretty good at skiing, but got more and more into it the more I did it. I think filming, like any art, is for some people and not for others. There are some people’s work I really like and others who I can’t stand and I’m sure there are people that say that about my work, too.
DL: Who are your favourite people to film with and why?
NF: The STREETDIE CREW cause those are all my homies I grew up with and its always good time hanging out with them, but that is finished for now. Most of the guys have gone on to do their thing. Lately I have been doing stuff with GGW (Gapers Gone Wild). They’re sick. Basically their thing is anyone who wants to ski and have fun can be in it. We will have some big things coming soon. Right now I’m living with Michael ‘Danger’ Granger (also part of SD & GGW) Brenden Reid (he’s on another level) and Liam Upton(Co founder of GGW).
DL: How do you feel about the industry politics within filming, paying filmers etc? Do you think filmers and athletes both get proper compensation for the work they put in to getting a shot?
NF: I feel like the word politics should be nowhere near freeskiing or filming. As far as paying filmers or anyone in the industry, one person does their work and the person they did the work for pays them. You don’t hire a painter, let them paint your house and then at the end say you have half now and the rest whenever you get it. No. I have personally made that mistake of working for someone like that and I won’t ever again. A note to the kids: get written contracts with the amount you and your employer agree on and dates of payment. That’s a tough question. I would say filming is usually pretty fair. I think skiers should get paid more though, because there are times where they are putting themselves in serious situations and even though it’s their decision in the end, I feel like companies get more out of it all. At the same time I get that there isn’t a lot of money in the sport.
DL: How long have you been doing this now and what do your parents think about what you do?
NF: This is my 5th year filming and editing. My parents are super supportive and have done what ever they can to help me. Shouts out to the fam!!￼
DL: How was filming with Alex Cairns for The Lazy Boy? What brought on that project and how do you feel you executed it?
NF: Well, Alex is one of the raddest guys I have ever met. I don’t think I have ever seen him not stoked, so that energy helped me a lot and that was one of, if not my favourite project that I’ve worked on. It was my final project for the Documentary Film Program I was taking at Capilano University. I think it turned out amazing. There are things when I watch it now that I wished I could change, purely editing stuff… but I don’t want to. I don’t like going back and changing my work once I have posted it. Its like art, once it’s out to the masses you can’t edit it. ￼
DL: If there was one thing about the Whistler ‘scene’ that you could change, what would it be? And what is something that you hope never changes about the scene?
NF: Too many dudes here. Where duh ladies @? The park crew this year has been killing it harder then ever so I hope that never changes. ￼
DL: How often do you put the camera down and just go for a shred? Do you get the same enjoyment out of filming as you do skiing?
NF: If there is 10cm or more then my camera rarely comes out. I want to get it as much as anyone else. This year I have been going casual skiing more then the previous couple years. Filming all the time kind of made me forget how much fun skiing is. I would say that I like both equally, where skiing has more instant enjoyment and filming is more long term. ￼
DL: Who are you supported by? Financially, spiritually or otherwise?
NF: I’ve been working since grade 7 and haven’t really stopped since. I never let work get in the way of having fun though. That’s probably why I have never made too much money [haha]. My parents have helped out when they can too – buying me ski passes and stuff when I was younger. Spiritually, my support comes from all over the place, but I believe in myself and my family. They have always been positive and have good advice… my friends, and influences too. I’ve spent a good amount of time hanging out with Dave Treadway and the Young Life crew from Pemberton. They are a Christian youth group, but Christianity isn’t the main focus at all. They just like to have a good time and give kids an opportunity to do things they might not get the chance too otherwise. I’ve got nothing but love for them.
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