From crew to career

LSL crew members admire the view from their jump, Elevators.  Photo: James McLeod.
LSL crew members admire the view from their jump, Elevators.
Photo: James McLeod.

Local film company, LSL Productions, has been expanding their reach in the Sun Peaks community.

Born out of the repair shop located in Sun Peaks Resort’s staff accommodations building, Little Shuswap Lodge, the LSL crew began as a small joke between friends Andrew Paul and Scott Stevens.

“We made stickers to pretend we were sponsored by the shop, just as a joke, and then everyone wanted to buy the stickers,” explains Paul. “Then we started filming with it, about six years ago.”

Six films later, Paul has taken control of the filming and operations management side of the business while Kieran Nikula also films and edits the footage.

“The footage is mainly for the riders to show their reps that they’re improving and what they’re doing representing that product,” says Paul. “But, also . . . so that when we’re old and can’t do this stuff anymore we have all these movies we can watch.”

Nikula experiences the action from two sides — from being on film skiing to behind the scenes, filming and editing.

“Working with LSL has helped my riding so much,” he says. “I have an opportunity to work with my best friends . . . (and filming) with LSL gives me insight into what I need to do to (improve) my skiing.”

LSL Productions recently held a release for their latest film, The Movie, at Bottoms Bar & Grill. Although the film showcased the smallest number of riders LSL has ever had, each of the five riders are sponsored in some way by various companies, from board shops such as Oronge and 378 to gear and clothing companies like Ride Snowboards, Billabong and Salomon.

5Forty Board Shop sponsored the film release by donating a $500 gift card to the café. Also, UnderWraps Advertising has been sponsoring LSL Productions by offering them stickers free of charge.

Not only are they continuing to indulge in snowboard and ski filming, Paul and Nikula, have broadened their business aspirations in the community.

“Kieran and I are trying to get into more real estate and tourism filming because there’s such saturation in the snowboard and ski film industry,” explains Paul.

Last year, LSL Productions filmed and edited the Tall Tales and Epic Trails miniseries for Sun Peaks Resort and have signed a contract for a second season this winter. Paul and Nikula have been working with Tourism Sun Peaks and have secured contracts with Sotheby’s Realty.

“We’re taking on a number of film contracts that will keep us busy,” explains Nikula. “(Andrew) and I work well together. His strengths compliment my weaknesses and vice versa.”

The LSL ski and board films are on sale at 5Forty Ski, Board and Skate Shop.

Click here to check out new footage on LSL Productions Vimeo account.