If you’re a snowsports fan then you’ll have seen one link shared again and again in the last few months: the trailer for ‘The Art of Flight’.
Two years in the making, ‘The Art of Flight’ is a film worth mentioning as it really does seem to be meeting Red Bull‘s claim that it’s ‘redefining what is possible in the mountains’.
A mixture of action and drama, the film looks at how snowboarders and film-makers are taking snowboarding to previously unimaginable heights.
The film was produced by Quiksilver, Red Bull Media House, and Brain Farm Cinema, a boutique production house that specialises in “aerial cinematography.”
We’ve never come across ‘aerial cinematography’ before, but it all makes sense when you see the action.
A Triple Cork 1440 from a 17-year-old
That action includes the newest and biggest trick in snowboarding: Mark McMorris, 17-year-old snowboarder, landing an enormous Triple Cork 1440 (for non-freestylers, that translates as three inverted manoeuvres combined with four complete lateral rotations).
As well as Mark McMorris, Travis Rice pulled in some of the best snowboarders in the world including John Jackson, Mark Landvik, Scotty Lago, Nicolas Müller,DCP, Jake Blauvelt, Pat Moore, Jeremy Jones and more. From Olympic medalists to big mountain slayers, this group of snowboarders is the best of the best at pulling tricks.
The winter sports locations in the movie are unusual in that they are all remote, including Chilean Patagonia, Alaska’s Tordrillo Range, Wyoming’s Snake River Range, Aspen Colorado, the Andes, and British Columbia’s Kootenay Mountains, Revelstoke and Goat Range. They create an incredible backdrop to the rest of the movie.
When can I get to see it?
After the 4th World Premiere [just wondering – how can you have four World Premieres?] in New York, a world tour will offer everybody the chance to meet the stars and to take part in what Red Bull describe as an unprecedented extreme sports visual experience (calendar of premiere online on www.redbull.com/artofflight).
The film will be simultaneously distributed online (iTunes) and on DVD.