It’s been one of those bucket list trips to get up to Alaska to go snowboarding and although it was behind the lens and we didn’t quite get to do everything we wanted to with the world starting go crazy I am really happy to release “Passage”.
Another year of footage all cut up and pulled together with the Snowledge crew nothing particularly planned other than to get out in the mountains and make “something” happen so it feels good to make it into a singular thing that encapsulates a lot of what I did through the winter and who I got to be out there with.
As the winter is starting to ramp up I got out at Alpine Meadows to shoot a weekly piece they do know as the shred report, it often focuses on new terrain so this week we got on Roundhouse with a few buddies and we lapped around with a GoPro.
The new shipment of cameras hasn’t come in yet so it’ll be interesting to see how the 8 do against shooting this on the 7 with the karma grip but we have plans to do a few more of these as the season progresses.
While traveling through Canada during January with the Snowledge crew we caught the 2019 Canadian Open Freeride Championships at Red Mountain, it was a cool little comp which happened to hit a perfect storm with a few inches falling during the night and sunny skies. Check the full post over at Snowledge
I have this slight filters dilemma, I can’t tell you my dream day in the mountains. I hear from most people it’s pretty simple. Fresh snow, Helicopter and those parts I agree on I’ve been lucky to have been in that situation on multiple occasions. I have the problem of which side of the lens I want to be on. The best feeling is riding a board no doubt but I feel more fulfilled at the end of the day when I sit down at the computer and work through the footage, capturing the artistic spirit of the mountains, not to say I don’t remember a perfect turn or an air but I love keeping the moments alive and for the world to see. Sometimes I can do both and I really want to work on some better self portraits this winter.
This video is a lot of those in-between moments, A quick rip around the hill when the usual suspects are nowhere to be found on a pretty good but not epic day, a few park laps when the crew are feeling beat up from new tricks or just not feeling like anything is coming together and I can throw them the follow cam stick.
And for the help with this I am super grateful to everyone that helped with these shots.I know the sacrifice even when your feeling good but not perfect to take the camera down setup and get setup.
I’m not sure if I like GoPro’s more as a filmer for being a great little camera or as an editor as pretty much the whole crew have one and can bring me a bunch of shots without having to be at every single thing ever, or even just a second angle so we cut a whole video of GoPro clips, some of mine and a whole bunch from the crew.
When last winter started slowly we we’re sitting around and I wanted to make something a little more interesting than the general snow shots we we’re running on Snowledge for marketing and social purposes. So we goofed off for a day and filmed this, but then it did start snowing and I had a very rough version sitting in Premiere for most of a year, the biggest delay was finding a voice over artist. I tried getting a couple of people involved but in the end I was sitting down with Chase Schwietzer over pizza for another project and brought this up as something I had been meaning to get sorted, he jumped at the chance to be involved and really came through. When I got the final cut sorted a bunch of his best friends couldn’t pick it was him so I’ll take that as him being deep enough in character. Thanks also to Kenzie and Eric for being willing to help with stupid things I want to do and watch out for the next few versions I have sitting in a note but if they get done sooner or later is a question that will be seen later.
During the cold of last winter I got the chance to head back to Canada for the first time in eight years, we spent a couple days in my old stomping grounds of Whistler before heading to Revelstoke, a mountain I’ve been looking forward to for a long time and it did not disappoint. From Reve we took the ferry down to a little cat skiing operation an hour or so South and as soon as we got into the hills it was obvious why magazines and movies have been shooting Retallack for the past ten years. The footage is pretty much all gopro as we we’re shooting stills and trying to make the most of the trip slamming as many runs as possible.
Another of those fun little music pieces I’ve been working on with Moonshine Ink and their crew, I was running around with the gimbal for this one.