“We are masochists… there’s no doubt about it. We put ourselves through ridiculous situations. We go to make these films and everybody puts their entire life into it.”
As the most logistically daunting film project in Sweetgrass‘ history, Afterglow required over 9,000 lbs of equipment to be shuttled across international borders and chest deep snow via a wide array of planes, trains, automobiles, helicopters, pulley systems, and gallons of blood, sweat, and tears, reaching locations as far as 70 miles from the nearest town.
From the depth of the creative visuals to the groundbreaking, never-been-done-before scale of the shoot, Afterglow is being hailed as one of the most cinematically profound ski movies ever made.
In this just-released “making of” vid, follow the likes of Pep Fujas and Eric Hjorleifson, Chris Benchetler and Daron Rahlves as they take to Alaskan spines and BC pillows, shredding the biggest and boldest lines ever ridden at night. Shot with a crew of 14 people over the course of 6 weeks, Afterglow involved a deep collaboration on ideas, passions, and product between partners from Stockholm to Salt Lake City, merging Sweetgrass’ cinematic style with the branding of one of the world’s premier television manufacturers, Philips TV.
“There’s no real equipment that’s built for this kind of shoot,” says co-director Nick Waggoner in the narration. “We have to talk to people in Hollywood and say ‘no, you don’t really get it – this has got to operate in -15C at this altitude when it’s snowing hard all night. And we’ve got to be able to carry it up the same slopes.'”
Supported by: Atomic, Freefly Systems (MOVI), NiteRider, Golden Alpine Holidays, Alyeska Resort & Talvista Lodge.
Directed by Nick Waggoner & Mike Brown.