23 Feb A Little Bit Regarding Warren Miller
In 2012, Warren Miller, the person extensively known by ski lovers for his films advertising the sport, sat down with Neal Thompson to speak about his career and tell some of the background of how it all started *. For everybody who loves to ski, it’s thrilling to hear someone speak about the sport with that kind of passion, and it’s cool to become better familiarized with some of the behind-the-scenes that made up this man’s story.
Warren talks about how, as a Boy Scout, he had purchased a Univex camera for a mere 35 cents. Upon his return home, he ‘d show these small pictures to other friends who were busy in sports and other things (not Boy Scouts).
After leaving the army in World War II, he bought an 8 mm camera, and the pictures that he took of himself and friends were primarily with the intent of assessment their own skiing so they could determine what they were doing and then try to develop. After his first season of skiing in Sun Valley, ID, he returned to California and showed the pictures that he ‘d taken of them learning how to ski to his surfer friends. Showing what it looked like to be on skis in snow in the mountains must have been intriguing and foreign!
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When Warren first began making films, ski resorts were a far cry from what they are today. Well, to begin with, when he first began what became his trademark work, there were only 15!
One of the fascinating things he talks about in the interview is how he negotiated showing his film to 50,000 people in a year, back in the day. He ‘d show a film to roughly 500 people a night. To show it to 50,000 people in a year, that meant he had to do 100 nights, traveling from location to location and setting up his show.
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* To watch the interview and learn more, go here:
(This interview is where the information in this article came from.)