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Kiwi style!

06_NZ13_heli1_TeemuLahtinen 43I have been privileged to come to New Zealand for three years in a row now and this country never stops amazing me! Sceneries are jaw-dropping, people are friendly and there is always things to do even when the weather is not on your side. Wanaka, Queenstown and Arrowtown are fun to chill out on a day off the slopes or when backcountry is inaccessible. There is always an option to go cruising quality park and pipes shaped to perfection in Cardrona or longer runs in Treblecone. And yes, there is sweet mini-pipe or more like an old school pipe in Cardies!

Filming in NZ requires good planning and good group to work with. Big thanks to Southern Lakes HeliskiAlpine Helicopters and Triple Point Expeditions! Everything has to work when you try to get things done in the right way. Scouting for locations is expensive if you have to go out finding spots with a helicopter. Guides make our life a lot easier with their knowledge about terrain and the conditions. Being here for third time also helps out since we have some knowledge of what is out there. Having a map or two will not hurt either.

Antti and Tucker from Triple Point Expeditions planning

Antti and Tucker from Triple Point Expeditions planning days ahead

Flying to our destination with Alpine Helicopters

Flying to our destination with Alpine Helicopters

Dealing with the weather takes a lot of patience and willpower to get you through those grey days. And not only grey days, day after snowstorm in the mountains usually means dealing with high risk of avalanches. It is not just glory and endless powder, mostly time goes by just wishing it was, but then comes those days that just makes it all worth to come filming in NZ. It would be such a bummer to leave without the shots that you came here for, so playing the waiting game is essential. We have had five days of heli in three weeks now and we consider ourselves lucky!

Antti slashing through small avalanches

Antti slashing through small avalanches

We have still one more week to make this trip even better, if the weather allows we might be flying but after two full days its time to relax and recharge batteries. Take a beer or two, chill out in the city and then what? Shotover jet on the river? Bungee or cliffjump? Skating the pools or Dream ramp? Frisbee golf in superb sceneries? Kayaking again? As one snowboarder once said there is infinite potential and that is so true in New Zealand. If we have time we go for everything!

Down days with Rami Hanafi on a kayak.

Down days with Rami Hanafi on a kayak.

Tailsliding the Dream ramp. Antti behind the camera this time!

Tailsliding the Dream ramp. Antti behind the lens this time!

Universe_NZ_photoTeemulahtinen 6NZ4_heli3_photoTeemulahtinen 46NZ4_heli3_photoTeemulahtinen 4NZ_arrow_photoTeemulahtinen 45Kiwi Style is common phrase down here but last year fellow snowboarder, the Frenchie Sylvain Bourbousson gave it a new meaning; People are driving their cars like crazy in here. If you are pedestrian on crosswalk they will not stop to wait for you, they try to run over, it´s crazy and Kiwi style!

 

Sunrise in southern hemi

Cardrona, New Zealand. Early morning session filming for Approach&Attack

Cardrona, New Zealand. Early morning session filming for Approach&Attack

Midnight sun

Summer is finally here. After busy winter and busy start of the summer its time to relax. Next week Northlight Pictures is on holidays, enjoying midnight sun and other oddities of the north. Hopefully I have some time to do more posts after holidays and before next winter season. Still got some scanning, editing and possibly filming to do. In the meantime, enjoy summer while it lasts!

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Midnight sun in Rovaniemi, Finland

How good is excellent customer service?

Having used FLM LB-60 leveling base for couple of years now it got broken during our move to a new house. I sent it back after official warranty period in hope that they could fix it.

Yesterday I got home from last filming trip to Canada and there it was, package from FLM waiting for me. I opened it knowing that there would be my leveling base, hopefully fixed, but instead there was two. Old broken one and brand new one including letter “With regards back”.

In my email correspondence I offered to pay for repair costs, shipping and whatever inconvenience this might cause to them but there was no mention about anything like that in package I received. This is what I call excellent customer service! Thank you FLM

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Bullet train

Japan from a different angle, this time across the country with Shinkansen bullet train. Quick journey from Tokyo took us to Niigata area where we will stay for the next 10 days filming for upcoming project. On board with Antti Autti and Joel Lahti. Stay tuned for more!01_jap_shin_photoTeemulahtinen 02_jap_shin_photoTeemulahtinen 03_jap_shin_photoTeemulahtinen 18 04_jap_shin_photoTeemulahtinenjpg

New videos online

Check out Miikka Hast in brand new Onboard cover. Rami Hanafi shot the cover while we were filming at Tamok, Norway last year. Miikkas straightline ended up in the beginning of Tamok sequence in Relate To It -movie. That was just one of those days that everything worked like a charm. We had tons of footage for our movie and Rami got some banger shots that are now starting to show up in snowboarding magazines.

Another video is from the legendary Wappulounas. Every year finnish snowboarding scene gathers up to have some fun and enjoy laid-back contest with superb obstacles, quality snowboarding, good music and after-parties that you never forget (another option is that you forget them instantly!) Northlight Pictures teamed up with Bro Productions to make this video. Enjoy, and see you next year in Wappulounas!

If you want to see some more of Wappulounas check out these quick day-by-day 2012 edits from anttisworld by us:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Couple of video edits for Boardexpo

Boardexpo is the biggest annual trade show for snowboarding and skateboarding in Finland. Trade show stuff during the day and big parties in the evenings, Relate To It Helsinki premiere was held as an early start for the long weekend. We ended up making couple of videos with elopictures for the organizers. Interviews are in Finnish only.

 

Relate To It online

Full movie online, finally! It took some sleepless nights and over three weeks of intensive editing to make things happen but I am happy with the results, hope you like it too!

More on this later!

Crew III and behind the scenes of a photograph

Man behind the whole Relate To It -project Antti Autti shares his thoughts about the project.

Antti at Tamok. This was my favorite shot of the year. We were in Tamok right up in the treeline, it was snowing really hard, weather was getting warmer and snow turned to slush. Everything was wet and my videocamera got fogged from inside and stopped working. Then same thing happened to DSLR, not only lenses were fogged but the sensor seemed to be as well. I could not shoot with them anymore. I turned to Super8, got the quick shot that ended up in the film and in my pocket was an old Olympus XA 35mm point-and-shoot loaded with x-process Lomo film that I used for this shot. Not a bad day after all! Photo can be seen at Cafe Kauppayhtiö exhibition.

Relate To It premiere in Rovaniemi

Premiere was held in Pilke-building at Rovaniemi. Original and different space to have premiere but people were stoked both on the movie and surroundings. Big Thanks to all who participated! Photo: Jukka Kiistala

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