February 26, 2011

The Extreme Cinematography of Brain Farm's Snowboarding Epic 'The Art of FLIGHT'

Surf, ski, and snowboard films frequently make use of slow motion to emphasize the effects of gravity (or lack thereof). One could easily think "it's all been done" when it comes to snowboarders catching air in slow motion. But Brain Farm Cinema's forthcoming feature The Art of FLIGHT, filmed at snow-dusted locations the world around, should cause even jaded jaws to drop:

The film's not out until September, so I'm not entirely sure which cameras it was shot on, but Brain Farm lists their cameras as the CineFlex HD, RED, Panasonic AJ-HPX3700, and Phantom HD Gold. As seen in the video, they also use a Canon 1D, and the POV helmet shots were recorded on something similar to a GoPro. To capture such extreme angles, they use a number of specialty vehicles, though it looks like this time out they relied primarily on choppers. Presumably they also put to work a plugin such as Twixtor to aid in the slow-mo-ification of feats for which mere mortal need not apply. More on the film itself:

The Art of FLIGHT follows Travis Rice, John Jackson, Mark Landvik, Scotty Lago, Jake Blauvelt, Nicolas Muller, Gigi Ruf, DCP and Pat Moore as they dream up new global adventures and progress the sport to unimaginable levels. Brain Farm has gathered an arsenal of the most advanced and progressive film making technology to bring the masses a snowboarding adventure of epic proportions. Filmed on location in Jackson Hole, Alaska, Chile, Aspen, Patagonia, British Columbia and more, FLIGHT brings the viewer along for the perfect blend of adventure/travel drama and high-energy snowboarding action. The Art of FLIGHT releases September 2011.

Links: The Art of FLIGHT, Brain Farm Cinema

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Stunning...as much for the snowboarding and cinematography as for the editing. Did you notice, though, that they show a lot of snowboarders flying through the air, but nearly none (none, perhaps?) actually landing?!

February 26, 2011 at 4:38PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Actually, having landed the trick is quite an important factor to see for a snowboarder when someone pulls off a cool trick.

So, as a snowboarder, if you get to see something as awesome as this but without the landing - you will wait eagerly to see the finished stuff when you can see the trick AND the landing. So, I think not showing the landing is merely a method of getting snowboarders to want to wait for the film to be released :)

February 27, 2011 at 4:04AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I'm not sure I'd need Twixtor if I were shooting with the Phantom Gold. However, I'm sure they didn't shoot EVERYTHING with that camera so maybe there is some slow-mo trickery.

I can't wait until speeds above 120fps in HD are affordable for the masses. As far as I know, RED is the cheapest camera that can do this - am I wrong?

February 27, 2011 at 2:50AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I think there are a number of consumer cams that can shoot faster -- but they do so in reduced-resolution mode (640x480 VGA, for example).

February 27, 2011 at 1:06PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Ryan Koo

Twixtor is cool. I use it for skydiving videos I shoot with DSLR.
Gotta have clean background though. Otherwise, too many artifacts show up.

March 3, 2011 at 12:11PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


one of the best snowboard-movies i have ever seen. awesome pictures, the best riders in the world and a lot of action in great landscapes...and there is a special feeling when you watch it, which no other movie gives... and the music become the sound of the next winter! a complete playlist i`ve found at this site: http://www.sportpantoffel.de/detail.php?ident=snowboard_gHkl00911

September 20, 2011 at 5:22AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Snowboarding days in Ukraine

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