A young lad, still in his teens, Peter Jamison was living the carefree mountain biker’s dream. Camping out at a bike park and riding as much as he could, Jamison had a passion for mountain biking, freeride specifically. Jamison also happened to be pretty damn good with a camera and after tiring of the few “behind the scenes” videos available, he was motivated. “I was trying to understand what it was really like to be a freeride athlete,” Jamison says. The light bulb moment came while watching up and coming freeriders Nic Hilton and Reed Boggs attemping flat drop backflips for the first time. As he watched their hard work, determination and struggles play out first hand, he knew the story had to be told.
We asked Peter a few questions about the project and where he hopes to go in the future. Read on to learn a little bit more about the man behind the Passion.
The Loam Wolf: What was your biggest hurtle or challenge while filming Passion?
Peter Jamison: The biggest hurtle was that I essentially had no budget. I spent $200 for a subscription to the ‘Art List,’ which covered the music and then I managed to plan all of my other shooting around other client work so that I could minimize travel costs. For example, if I was in Utah for client work with one of the athletes in the film, in the middle of day while waiting for light I would shoot interviews, b-roll, etc.
On another note, an additional challenge was self-doubt. Working on a movie everyday for the better portion of a year took its toll on me mentally. “Is it up to par?”, “Will people enjoy it?”, “Should I even post it?” These were questions I would ask myself on tough days. Thankfully, I kept this project a secret until very recently, just before the release, so that I wouldn’t have the stress of people asking me about it.
TLW: Do you think you’ll take on another feature video like this? If so, care to share the idea?
PJ: YES! I want to do a few more full length pieces. I would really like to do another full length doc, but rather than having multiple ‘chapters’ with individual stories that go hand in hand like I do in ‘Passion’, it would be neat to follow one longer story throughout an entire film. I would also like to do a feature video that is not story based and strictly gnarly riding footage.