“I think that’s what I love about GoPro,” muses Kislevitz. “I was so into technology. I read technology blogs all the time. I’m always trying to learn as much as I can. At GoPro, I’m doing the creative side, but I’ve been here long enough that I’m able to give input on the engineering side. I’m always testing cameras and sitting in on engineering meetings. I’m really trying to help every area that I can. I know exactly how the camera works and how we can achieve exactly what the consumer might want most. It’s a really cool combination of the creative side, the consumer side and the engineering side.”
While he has a hand in many different aspects of the company, Kislevitz is always most excited for fieldwork. “It’s kind of like a double-adrenaline thing for me,” he says. “I get really excited when I’m capturing amazing footage, and then I also get really excited when I’m going off a 60-foot jump. The double combo, when you land, you’re like, ‘Holy cow! I just did a huge jump, but also got the sickest shot in the world!’ For me, it drives me to keep going, and my energy doesn’t ever really drop until the end of the night and it’s 2 in the morning.”
Because of Kislevitz’s ability to juggle filming and production while actually participating in the sport, GoPro has sent him all over the world to create content. A trip to Chile to film for the HERO3+ launch video has been his favorite shoot so far.
“We flew into Santiago and we spent 10 days on the coast in the city of Valparaíso,” notes Kislevitz. “That’s where we filmed urban downhill mountain biking. These guys are flying through really colorful, beautiful alleyways on the coast and on incredible streets. So I got a taste of that culture, and then we went two hours into the mountains up to 10,000 feet.”
Once in the Andes, Chris Davenport, Lynsey Dyer, John Jackson and Travis Rice joined Kislevitz, who recounts, “We had a heli-pilot who would land in the backyard of the house. We would load up and fly into the Andes and then go heli-skiing all day for a week. It felt like a whole different world I’ve never experienced.”
Many athletes are given the opportunity to use GoPros, but not everyone knows the trade secrets about various modes and camera mounts. Because of this, Kislevitz has also been entrusted with the task of training athletes in the camera’s use.