“Caught up in the craze and unaware of the imminent danger, our producer was unable to get out of the way in time as the 1000 lbs. wall ride crashed down around him.”
By Liz Hyde, Associate Producer, Mountain Movers
The US Open shoot went extremely well for the first couple of days. SPT was happy, our crew was happy, and the entire build seemed to be running more smoothly than any other we had witnessed so far in the season. After the second shipment of features had been successfully delivered, both our crew and SPT’s were literally giddy. Would we actually be able to wrap early tonight after days and days of exhaustion and what felt like endless shooting? Would the SPT guys possibly get to bed before 2am? I’ll admit, I was even moments away from proposing rounds of drinks for everyone on site! Unfortunately, the excitement and adrenaline of a successful day quickly turned dangerously tense when a feature nearly crushed one of our producers…
The producer was overly dedicated to capturing the moment when the SPT crew was moving the large wall ride, and he almost risked his life because of it. In attempts to get the perfect shot, our producer jumped on top of the flatbed truck with Will, the truck driver. While Elliot was unhooking the jib, it slowly began to tilt. Elliot was screaming for anyone and everyone to get out of the way. Caught up in the craze and unaware of the imminent danger, our producer was unable to get out of the way in time as the 1000 lbs. wall ride crashed down around him. This was an extremely scary and tense situation on set.
Luckily, no one was severely injured. The jib was hollow on the inside and swallowed our producer like a canoe, only grazing his right leg in the fall. Not surprisingly, Elliot was far too rattled and it seemed like the respectful decision to shut down production for the night. Our crew member was taken to the hospital but thankfully walked away largely unscathed. It was the most frightening moment I have ever been apart of on a set and I will never forget it.
Overall, the US Open build was largely a success. Accidents happen, and thankfully no one was injured with this one. High stakes, pressure, and extreme carefulness are all factors the SPT crew has to deal with daily. And for this build, the pressure fell hard on project manager, Elliot…literally.
Be sure to check out tonight’s episode as the SPT crew constructs a unique and unprecedented slopestyle for snowboarding’s most prestigious event, the US Open.