Making of

Filming in New Zealand pt.2

This is rare stuff, real making of photos from the mountains! Our guide Tucker from Triple Point Expeditions was kind enough to give me these photos. Maybe they help out telling a story about how the day goes by when shooting snowboarding in the mountains.

In New Zealand we had the opportunity to fly and shoot from the helicopter. Normally you just dream about it while you hike or splitboard your way uphill, sometimes for hours on end. In NZ most of the terrain is accessible only with heli and the places we were shooting were definitely deep inside mountain ranges of Mt. Aspiring National Park and not easily accessible by hiking.

Usually the day starts at 5.30am with big breakfast to get ready for a long day in the mountains. Pack the bag, make sure you have all the camera gear you need and the most important trio: avalanche beacon, shovel and probe. Then drive out to meet the guides at 7am and grab a cup of fresh coffee from cafeteria downtown. Short drive to heliport and liftoff around 7.30 or 8.00. Short flight to preselected destination and you are at the top 8.15 and ready for work!

Checking the lines in the morning light after first drop off of the day

Getting the gear ready. 1st cam that I am operating and usually 2nd angle that is on monopod. Another guide Stu is with me all times while Tucker looks out after Antti. This way the riders can also lap jumps, lines or whatever. Second guide helps to load in while other helps to load out of the heli.

Dropping in with backpack full of camera gear is sometimes sketchy, depending on the steepness of the slope and quality of the snow. This time it was pretty mellow, maybe 35+ degree face. I set up ON the spine, not inside gullies or straight under the rider, got to keep mind of the avalanches.

Shooting from above on this one was the only choice because of terrain below this feature. Too risky to go shoot from below and the view was blocked from the side. I left another camera up behind me shooting straight down.

Getting ready to shoot from the heli with Rami Hanafi. Take the doors off, harness on, safety lines from the harness to the machine and wrist/neck loops for cameras to make sure they stay with you at all times. Antti And Sylvain stay on top and wait while we are up in the air and ready to shoot. Communication with the pilot is important during the shoot.

Shooting from the heli is never easy. Main thing is to keep camera steady. No fancy gyro stabilized Phantom cameras this time I tell ya! I keep monopod on my camera to make it heavier and be able to rest it on my shoulder. Rami sits on the floor so we both can operate freely and not disturb each other.

Shooting some slashes while waiting for better weather. You can see 2nd cam on monopod like I usually have it.

And at the end of the day you get nice ride back to the heliport. Scenery is just superb and being smallest guy of the crew I get to sit on the front all the time!

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Tamok episode finished

Just finished editing the latest episode of Relate To It. It will be released in few days at TWSNOW website. Tamok episode was definitely toughest to edit so far, we had stuff from all over the mountains and it wasn`t easy job to make it work together. Had to leave some good stuff out to keep things short and entertaining. Tamok is the place to be if you want it all. It has great treeruns, high alpine stuff like couloirs and insanely steep runs, open fields of powder with over 1000m vertical, windlips, cornices and stuff to jump from and you can actually find couple of crazy rails if you don´t find enough to do in the mountains… On top of that, you can surf in the nearby freezing waters of Norwegian Sea.

I spent almost three weeks in Tamok and we had many different crews and riders stopping by. Here are some photos, if you want to see more check out facebook photos as well

Now thats a fine machine

Tamokfjellet from the air

On the top of Blåbärfjellet, clockwise from left: Rami, Miikka, Antti, Nicholas and Arto lurking behind

Shooting from the machine is never easy, me and Rami Hanafi doing our best to get things done. Monopod helps to keep my camera steady and makes it easier for your hands to hold for long periods, kinda like shoulder mount.

We had only couple of days with the heli, and then you just hike...

Antti slashing some Tamok powder

Weather changes fast in Tamok. It was raining and during the night "Huset" was drowning with 30cm of water in front of the house. Next day we had 15cm of new snow at the bottom and 50+ cm at the top!

Our cosy cabin under the northern lights

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Pilke TV Commercial

TV commercial for Rovaniemi based science center Pilke. Northlight Pictures teamed up with Advertising Kioski for this project. Idea for ad came from the client and AD Kioski. We ended up doing same spot with different sounds coming out of the box. First video was “Falling tree” check out the rest to see which you prefer most.

Bird song

Chainsaw

As always, we encountered few problems on the way. Originally we had only few hours reserved to shoot the whole thing but after 1,5 hours or so the science center was full of kids running around all over the place. They were getting in the shots all the time, and the sounds were only usable from the beginning of the shoot. My own camera was being repaired in Helsinki by Nikon and I had to borrow one from my friend. Thanks Jukka!

Jukka testing the light inside carboard box

Checking focus before take.

Making of Antiout 3

More photographs from my phone. Clockwise from top left:

View toward the most famous fjell in Finland. Saana tunturi, as we call it in Finland, is located near Norwegian border, you pass it by on the way to Tamok. We never got to ride Saana, well maybe this year we hike up and take some turns.

This shot is from Folgefonn, Norway. It is a summer ski center and there was a lot of snow in may, in fact we got stuck on this road couple of times because of the new snow, and crappy rental car (not the red one you see here). This is the roadgap that can be seen briefly in Antiout. Landing was totally flat.

Helicopter pick-up is from Tamok, Norway. Really nice place and superb mountains! When there is no helicopter around you have to hike, no lifts, snowcats or even snowmobiles allowed.

Last one is my own DIY telecine. I transferred all the Super8 materials seen in Antiout by myself. Replaced projector lamp with led light and projected S8-film straight to DSLR equipped with macro lens. Great way to digitize your Super 8`s, quality is awesome. I will post another, more detailed story of this later.

This was interesting setup. Small camcorder fitted on this crazy  radio controlled helicopter in Folgefonn, Norway. We were supposed to get some of the footage from heli operator but the weather was really bad all the time and we were not able to do anything with this. Thats bad, it would have been great to see what this little thing can do. It was pretty cool looking thingy I have to admit.

Instead of crazy helishots we made a video that actually shows you how bad the weather was, check it out!

 

Making of Antiout 2

Some random photos from Japan in february 2011. Taken with my phone. I dont know are these actually making of shots or what, but something like behind the scenes anyways.

Clockwise from top left corner: Some days it was snowing all the time, this is what my camerapack and board looked like after 10 minutes of shooting. Second angle camera usually got buried in snow and you needed to go clean it up.

Lunch of the day, no restaurants in the backcountry so you have to carry everything that you eat with you, and take the thrashes back! Water, apple, bread, some Soyjoy and chocolate to make you hike around for 6-8 hours.

My tripod in the snow. After standing in one place for some time, snow gets packed below and you basically dig a hole for yourself. I used a shovel in this one but the good thing is that snow makes your tripod way more rigid.

The last one is from Tokyo, ma and photographer Jani Kärppä were sipping Sake from 2dl tetrapaks and shooting timelapse in the night. It was cool.

Making of Antiout 1

Heli drop-off at New Zealand, august 2011

Antti having a big smile on his face, it was just that good pow in the forest. Shot on Mju Zoom at Engadin, Switzerland, january 2011

Tamok fs Ollie, this time in front of digital. Shot in march 2011, Tamok, Norway

Some making of shots or actually just snaps from my pocket camera or DSLR if it was available. I carried an old Olympus XA or Olympus Mju Zoom with me almost all times. Photo on below got published in latest Slammer magazine, check it out if you can!
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