Åre, Sweden, 5 teams and 5 days to produce. That's the Åre Film Challenge 2016 and we were stoked to be a part of it! Our feature won "Best Åre Representation" and with only 4 days to shoot and nearly no sleep we are still stoked with the result!
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All pictures shot by www.tobycowleyphoto.com! Cheers for being a part of this buddy!
Sweden has always been a "wanna-go-to" destination for us and even it is just around the corner (at least for American standards) we didn't make it there so far. So we've been even more stoked that we got invited for the Åre Film Challenge this year so there was no way around going there and we even get the chance to come home with a video!
We started our brainstorming machine to come up with a concept, got the team and gear together and booked the flights! It's always challenging to come up with a concept if you are not at all aware of the shooting location so we had to find something that works no matter what the spot looks like. We teamed up with Mathias Bergman from Munich for this project who is a good friend and great DoP to make this all happen. Cheers for stepping in dude!
In Åre we met up with Reine Barkared (former Freeride World Tour winner and skiing professional) who joined us as location scout! This was super important for us as once the competition started the teams only had four days to shoot their whole project. As non-locals it was key to suck in as much information about possible shooting locations as possible so we could work effectively during the shooting period. The teams were alowed to shoot 40% riding action around the bikepark but 60% had to be shot in the bikepark itself.
Thanks again Reine for the good vibes and the sick locations!!
After two scouting days the teams met up at with the local press, the other teams and organizers to get another short briefing before the competition started!
Flo getting some golden hour mannys in. Golden hour is a little different here though as it hardly gets dark anyways!
We started shooting our intro in the bikepark as on the first day we only had a couple of hours left to shoot so we didn't have enough time to film action. The project started kind of hectic for us though as once we were in the shooting-mood we were so stoked about the endless light that we totally forgot about the time. I know not very German. So we right away missed our Gondola back down and with 30kg equipment on each crew-member's back you can imagine how stoked they were to walk down the mountain from the very top!
The next morning we stared filming Flo's segment at a pretty cool river location that was located approx. two hours away from the bikepark.
We were stoked on this spot as we wanted to catch some Swedish flair and not only shoot manmade bikepark trails. So this spot gave us some impressive backdrops to work with and after a full day of shooting ( we started at 4am) we drove back to the bikepark.
With so much light to use left we couldn't stop filming just yet and took the last gondola up the mountain to continue shooting Andi in the Bikepark.
The upper mountain was the perfect evening shooting location as this part of the bikepark is high alpine and above the tree line and was offering some great golden hour shots. We shot Andi down a trail called "Hellrajd" to get some full on DH action in the bag.
A couple of snakebites, bent chainrings and multiple hikes later we got our shots and couldn't wait to get down the mountain!
Because yes! It was freaking cold and we knew the day is not over yet. After shooting comes capturing and organizing. 4am - 1am was our first day.
The next day we did another early bird mission to continue shooting Flo's trail segment.
The next trail we shot was made out of every trail enthusiast's dream. Right in the middle of the city Reine showed us this gem that made up for some banger shots!
Flo with some modern interpretation of trail riding. You for sure can see what is background is
A good crew of friends is key to get through long days like these and still have a smile on the face!
So don't let the angry German faces in this picture fool you. We had some good vibes!
After fun comes work again!
And we all had to work. Toni Tillmann (Moment Pictures DoP) and Mathias Bergmann getting those aerial nuggets.
After more shooting and editing we still had to finish Andi's single part and it looks like there was some motivation left to hike and hike and hike...
Shooting a bikepark is not easy. Shooting a bikepark with endless trails that you don't know doesn't make it easier.
We concentrated on the the DH style parts of the park for Andi's segment as this is where he feels home.
This trail doesn't only look fun!
To round it all up we ended our filming days with a double feature down Are's most famous trail called Shimano!
This pretty much sums up how Flo and Andi thought about hiking another 100 times up the mountain.
The boys love to get airborn!
Flo being more than a bit hyped to get the last shot in the bag!
Riders where released, now it was time for the production team to get the shots ready for the big screen!
Finishing up some hard days with a great show at the Are Bergcycklister Conference hall with more than 800 spectators and great atmosphere we were stoked to come home with "Best Are Representation"
Thanks again to Reine, Mathias, Jesper and Jenny for the help!
Let us know what you think and just a hint, yes the action starts at 00:00:48
Thanks to Scott Bikes, Leatt protection, Acros Components, Chromag, Alexrims and Schwalbe for the awesome support!