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By Julie Moorcroft

Star Reporter


Have you ever wanted to star in your own extreme ski or snowboard movie?

If you own a digital video camera, are an expert skier, snowboarder, or free-heel enthusiast willing to hike for fresh lines and learn some backcountry skills, this may be the school for you.

Peter "Peru" Chrzanowski, a veteran award-winning extreme filmmaker and a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, is offering an extensive one-week extreme filmmaking workshop from mid-February to April. Expected to be in Golden and area for a total of six weeks, Chrzanowski hopes to tour Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (KHMR) and other local powder havens.

"The course is geared for those who love exploring in the snow and creating extreme films. It's a fairly spectacular experience," said Chrzanowski.

Under the program, the curriculum is divided into time spent writing in the classroom, as well as shredding fat lines, explained Chrzanowski. He said the course also lends itself to English-as-a-second-language experience.

Chzanowski holds a degree in communications from Simon Fraser University, and is fluent in four languages French, Spanish, Polish and English.

"By day you will hone your camera skills as well as direct and work with action talent. By evening you will learn some basics of producing footage that will really pay off. Filmmaking theory, scripting and story line procedures, editing and viewing are all integrated into the curriculum.

But that's not all.

The rest of the time students listen to guest industry experts and learn the entire business from pre-production, production to marketing and distribution," said Chzanowski.

"Golden Rush, the birth and anatomy of a ski resort," is a one-hour film Chrzanowski shot while in Golden and area over the past few years; it is expected to be released in the near future.

Chrzanowski will also tour Whistler April 15 through to June 1st with the extreme film school.

As space is limited to approximately six to 10 people per week, it is important to book early.

For some background information, visit or contact or call 604-813-2200.  A website specifically for the course is in the works. Log on to and check it out.


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