The first camera that Sam Pope and Chris Kitchen ever bought was a huge investment for them. The financial barriers to entry into filming have dropped so much in five years that wouldn’t still be the case, but like Miller, the duo behind KGB isn’t worried about the increased competition. “At the end of the day, if you don’t know how to frame a shot or tell a story, it doesn’t matter how good your camera is,” says Pope.
KGB doesn’t follow the annual movie trend. They say that when they have an idea, they work on it until it is done, as in the case of their recently released, two-year project ‘Wyoming Triumph.’ They also realized that living off feature ski films—even when based in Jackson Hole—could be a tough road, so they have expanded their focus. “Making ski features is our passion, but commercial film work pays the bills, said Pope. “We’re not getting rich, but we’ve been full-time with KGB the last few years. Before that we always had other jobs; but now we don’t need them.”