Our two year project Approach&Attack finally got online on november 11th.
We ended up shooting two years in various locations around the world for this movie. Two years because we wanted to have a chance to go back to some of the locations like Minamiuonuma in Japan and Wanaka in New Zealand. Antti´s idea for the movie was to have local knowledge and help as we were searching terrain and snow. We managed to find awesome people to help us on our way and in the end we made good friends with the guys you see in the final edit.
Name itself came along the way, we were figuring out different scenarios of what we are doing and how we do it. Someone, I think it was Antti came up with an idea that there must be an Approach to a problem, country, terrain, snow or whatever it is you are doing. While making this movie we approached with hiking, snowshoes, splitboards or in some cases helicopter or snowcat. After the approach you see the terrain and snow, you imagine what can be done with it, how can you utilize it to make the best out of it. And then you Attack it, I remember it was Takumi Nagai or Yuta Kiyohara in previous year we were in Japan who said “attack the jump” and that was the perfect way to describe how we were doing things in the backcountry. And if you did not already see or realize it there is A&A in the name of the movie and that comes from Antti Autti!
Antti getting ready for some serious Approach; next part of the 4 hour hike to Postdalsfjell in Tamok.
Unknown Attackers in Sjufjellet, Tamok. Can you spot them, they look like ants!
More sophisticated (and pricey) way to Approach is with helicopter. In New Zealand this is a necessity. We did not want to overdo it but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and enjoy the ride!
Our guide, friend and moviestar Takumi Nagai Attacking the deep snow of Hakkaisan!
Miikka Hast stalefishing this gap in the middle of foggy Whitewater. While we were shooting some random guy came from the misty woods and in his own words he was; “searching for that cold pocket”! Actually it was raining and foggy and we were at the top of treeline.
Antti Attacking jump with a classic method in Whitewater, Canada.
One more Approach from Whitewater, this time with good snow!
Editing process is almost over. I started one month ago and have been sitting on my computer 8-12 hours a day ever since. Some adjustments, grading, titling and other stuff to do but next week our two year project will see the light of the day. Premiere takes place in our home town Rovaniemi at Korundi concert hall on 25th of october, 19.00.
We have released second teaser for our Approach&Attack project with Antti Autti. It contains footage from two seasons we have been shooting so far and soon its time to start editing the actual movie.
I have been playing around some music, trying to figure out the mood and organizing things. Creative thinking requires some time to get ideas, rushing to the work is not my way of doing things. We did not have strict script so making everything work together surely will take some time.
Organizing and converting footage is necessary in my workflow. I was going to use different editing program but in the end I chose the old and familiar Final Cut Pro mainly because it works seamlessly with Apple´s Color, Motion and Soundtrack Pro, all the tools I need. For FCP it´s better if all the footage is in one format so converting is necessary. This process takes some time, and storage space! Currently I have 5,5 Tb´s of footage (much more than in the previous post!), same amount of backups, other stuff like photos and older videos on 15 different drives and one Drobo, and my desk is starting to get cluttered. All in all there is roughly 35 TB of stuff lying around on those drives. Buying new hard drives makes me angry and the next thing after this project is to start looking for a better solution to file and backup all the videos and photos. There´s nothing wrong with external hard drives except you get new power supply for each and every one, and plugging 15 of them at once is just not convenient.
Hard drives clogging my desk, not much room left unless I start stacking them up like skyscrapers
Things under the table get tangled as well. On the left is Belkin remote adapter/surge protector that is cutting power all the time with no apparent reason. Crappiest piece of equipment I have bought in a while. I got some other bad experiences from this company as well so my recommendation is to avoid all things Belkin. I need to replace it asap.
Alvaro Vogel somewhere in the Hokkaido roadside steeps.
Seasons finest event Wappulounas took place last weekend in Ruka, Finland. Great event with good friends and great vibe that is unlike anything else in the Finnish snowboarding scene. You have to be there to really experience and appreciate it! Second best alternative is to watch these quick video updates we made with anttisworld.com during the event.
And quick and dirty Super8 edit from some old footage I had lying around…..