2013’s Best Ski Films: Read Freeskier’s review of Field Productions’ “Supervention”
Supervention, the two-year project from Field Productions, premiered last night at iF3 Montreal, and was well worth the wait. The film is primarily focused around big-mountain and urban skiing in Field’s home country of Norway, with some exciting trips abroad and a spring park shoot sprinkled in as well. At 75 minutes in length, there is certainly enough action packed into this film to keep any skier on the edge of their seat. Here’s the segment by segment rundown:
The film begins with an urban seg’ from Lysgårdsbakken, where ski jumping was held during the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. From there, Åsmund Thorsen returns to a big-mountain face that gave him a heap of trouble in 2008, causing two gnarly falls. Thorsen stated in the film that he had been “waiting fearfully for revenge on this line… it’s uglier this year.” After seeing friend Torgrim Vole sustain a minor knee injury after skiing the face, Asmund looks for revenge and gets it by way of a stomped landing off a huge cliff.
Tim Durtschi then makes his first appearance in the film, shredding backcountry booters at Mt. Cook in New Zealand. After a visit to Stockholm, Sweden, the crew meets up with James Heim in Terrace, BC for some deep powder skiing. In perhaps the scene that received the biggest reaction from the crowd, Even Sigstad, Anders Backe, and Jesper Tjäder slay a spiral staircase rail in Vikersund, Norway. After a hut trip near Sogndal, Norway and an incredible urban segment in Barentsburg, on the archipelago of Svalbard, the northernmost territory of Norway, Eric Hjorleifson joins the crew for some crazy lines in the Lyngen Alps.
Then, the urban trio of Sigstad, Backe and Tjäder, who put on quite a performance throughout the entirety of the film, overcome fears and hit a sketchy double kink rail in Lillehammer, Norway. Durtschi then returns to the mix, taking the crew to an area in the Tatenshini Range in British Columbia that had never been skied before. The film rounds out with a spirited spring park shoot in Norway, featuring the talents of Tom Wallisch and young gun Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen.
All in all, director/producer Filip Christensen does a marvelous job bringing the world of Norwegian shredding into the forefront of the skiing world. Utilizing the RED Epic and Scarlet cameras (for the most part) Filip is able to capture the remoteness of the backcountry locations and industrial grit of the urban shots with extreme visual clarity. Having skier Even Sigstad assist in the directing duties helps gain a perspective from the skier’s point of view, too. In the end, Supervention tells a wonderful story of friendship and relationships built through a love of skiing, set in some of the most incredible places on earth.