As cameras changed and gave rise to DSLR video I took the opportunity to shoot moving images. Now video influences my photography just as much as photography influences my video allowing me to make the most of a situation either in a single image or a whole film.
After a few years of coming back to the CHILL Series it’s nice that something is always different but the weather patterns this year were unexpected, but at least we got good sun on the second day and the young crew is really crushing it. New Zealand skiing has a really strong depth to it right now and every time I’m at a mountain I get reminded of it, either just riding a big rat pack or watching Hank Bilous send it for this comp. Also Cam and Tom tried their hand at some infomercials, I think they need work but could be fun for next year.
A couple of months in the Niseko backcountry with Will Jackways and a whole lot of powder, I sent the hard drive off to the USA where the Monster Energy crew put together this edit.
As with anytime your running around the mountains things are going to get complicated, especially when you introduce helicopters and competition, 2013 WHC was no exception with only one of the two days completed the video competition was changed dramatically, I was honoured to receive the prize for best freestyle day, the only day completed, by the judges and bring on 2014 with hopefully a better snowpack and better weather.
My first experience of the World Heli Challenge was filming for the Snow Show, I worked with Will Jackways during the piece which turned out to be a rather good idea as he was the one to take out the compeition.
It’s not all serious when we work in the mountains, 2014 version of something I’m going to have to keep doing, this footage can’t just sit in my hard drives.
The K2 Big Mountain is a freeski and snowboard event held in the Southern Alps and the first half of the CHILL series, I have been working on these event of the past few years and continue to build upon what I have done year on year. I had been working with Liam Hall for the past few years but with him in Canada I have employed Alex Bowater as second angle.
Carrying on with my work on the CHILL Big Mountain series from the past few years the Temple Basin event always holds challenges, working at one of the more remote ski fields, including a half hour walk to access the lodge, this year held low levels of snow but good sunshine. I worked with Alex Bowater as second filmer for the event, we had the girls take over the fronting of the event, with Alex Brook, 2012 winner of the event and Taylor Rapley, 2013 winner of the K2 Big Mountain the week before.
During the 2011 winter, I produced a series of snowboarding videos The Clubbies about the lifestyle and riding that goes on in a number of small and obscure ski fields in the South Island of New Zealand, great places with very interesting stories and some awesome snow.
Covering the CHILL Series, big mountain free ski events for the 2011 & 2012 season I have created a number of videos to span the month of events, as I work with CHILL to build a video brand for the event we have worked on title animations and more edits to bring together everything that the events have to offer. The full CHILL Series is here.
I covered the first round of the 2012 NZ Moto X Nationals for the Airtime TV show, working with the riders to bring one day of riding into a four minute piece about the lifestyle as well as some petrol head hooning. All of my Airtime eps are here.