Neste Oil commercial Making Of -video

Here is something I have been working on for quite some time now.

Ad was shot in early May at Tamok, northern Norway. Not much powder around anymore but we managed to find good locations to shoot the whole thing in just couple of days. Crew got seriously lucky with two days of clear skies and no wind which was crucial for using the drone helicopter in aerial shots. Choosing locations was easier than usual since Antti, guide Jarkko Henttonen and me already had knowledge of the terrain and light around Tamok area. Sure we had some hiking to do but eventually everyone was feeling fine doing it. Two hours to get up there, no big deal!

There is a lot of light around in early may and that helped a lot to get all the shots in just two days. We could start up at 6am, hike up, shoot, be back for lunch and then start making driving shots in the valley until it got dark around 8pm. Tamok is quiet valley with superb scenery and there is no need to worry about cablecars, buildings or other people getting in the shot.

And here is the final ad, good work Pablo and Skypixel!

New Teaser with techical difficulties

Our latest movie project Approach&Attack is halfway through and its time to release first real teaser.

Project itself is going smoothly at the moment but as always some troubles occur in post-production. Even with a short video like this there is lots of data to transfer, convert and encode so something usually goes wrong. I have roughly 1,5TB of raw footage so there is obviously lots of things to go wrong. Converting them all is not reasonable nor necessary but still a lot of files needs to be treated for editing process. Some go through Compressor but mostly I convert with MPEG streamclip.

Even this 3 minute teaser had enough problems to make my editing software Final Cut Pro choke at times. Random crashes have taught me to Cmd-S often enough. All this is making me of thinking about switching my preferred NLE to something else than Final Cut. Maybe FCP X or back to old days with Premiere which I have heard only good things lately … Any suggestions? Maybe I need to try them out and see myself!

"General Error" What kind of explanatory pop-up is that? I have learned what causes this but I hate the solution so I just go around it...

“General Error” What kind of explanatory pop-up is that? I have learned what causes this but I hate the solution so I just go around it…

Edited on 21st oct 2014:

I am in the progress of editing our new movie and still having this issue. If someone is interested I found one sort of solution. I exported all the clips with FCP´s Media Manager to a new folder on another drive. Then tried to export that sequence with no luck. I found that original sequence I sent to Color was Prores422, Color rendered everything out as ProresHQ. I changed my seguence setting in FCP back to Prores422, re-rendered and exported straight out with no problem. No transcoding, but I bet that happened when I changed my sequence settings. Anyhow, it worked! Seems better than just exporting with Quicktime conversion. That brings out new problems but thats another post!

Super lightweight video crane

I got an idea one day of combining my tripod, videohead and monopod to make up a simple video crane. I can not hike around lugging crane in my backbag so I have never felt need for one. I have found ways to overcome or just decided to get different types of shots. Some overhead shots, raises and long sideways movements are just not possible without it so this got me thinking of making one from the stuff I always carry around.

After getting initial idea of such thing I was trying to figure out how to attach monopod to videohead and remembered that I bought Manfrotto Nano Clamp last year, and it just lies in my backbag for occasional use when clamping cameras onto trees or something. Super small, yet sturdy clamp was like made for this. Attaching triangular shaped Manfrotto 390 monopod to it was easy.

This whole setup is made from things that I always carry in my backpack while filming so there is no extra weight to get it to work. No need for building, no need for any tricks, just combine the different camera supports and you get working crane in couple of minutes. It works best for overhead types of things or when you have to move your camera hanging outside from a ledge or cliff example. Much easier than trying to hold your camera on a monopod by your hands only.

The setup has some flaws, first of all it is not truly a crane or jib since the camera is fixed in position with regular ballhead, there are no joints for camera to swivel, pan or anything. It is not steady on small or flimsy tripods, I used Gitzo Systematic series 4 tripod and with that using crane was easy, I doubt my Gitzo traveler can hold it. Clamp attachment to Manfrotto videohead is done by just screwing it into quick release plate, this can move if you are not holding the monopod while turning. I think I can figure out a better solution to some of its flaws but right now I am happily using this little trick to combine different elements into a whole new thing that allows me to shoot different types of shots.


Crane in use, this time from up to downwards movement. Better to use both hands, one on the handle and other on the monopod.


Attachment to plate and head. This is weak spot but it can handle DSLR with fixed lens no problem.


Head on my monopod is Manfrotto 492, really sturdy and small ballhead easily enough for Nikon D800 and 16mm Zenitar Fisheye.


Combine these things and you get fully working crane!

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!

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!

Check out Triple Point Expeditions and their facebook

Northlight Pictures facebook

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


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.

Working on “Relate To It” webisodes

Latest addition to Relate To It webisode-series has been out for over a week now. Check it out if you haven´t seen it!

We were filming new stuff at Canada for couple of weeks. This time with different crew and different views of snowboarding. Three days at Monashee Powder Snowcats showed us the easy way of doing things. No hiking and not much of searching spots. Just let the guides take you to different areas and enjoy the powder and mellow ride up with a snowcat. It was the first time to go catboarding for all of us. Definitely worth a try!

Last part of the trip we stayed at Revelstoke building couple of jumps in the backcountry. Stay tuned for more in

Juuso Laivisto, Markku Koski and Antti Autti checking out the terrain in Monashee Powder Snowcats

The surreal burnt forest called Full Moon had lots of great terrain


Wappulounas, the legendary snowboarding event where you don´t need to be serious or competitive, just taking part or being there is enough to ensure the fun. I made the video with some help from a fellow cameraman and original Northlight Pictures founder member Jukka Heikkilä from Bro Productions.

For more info about Wappulounas, check out their website.

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