Here and Now: Behind the scenes of Jesper Tjäder’s “Unrailistic 2”

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Here and Now: Behind the scenes of Jesper Tjäder’s “Unrailistic 2”

INTERVIEW & PHOTOS • Adam Klingeteg (@adamklingeteg)

Jesper, take it from the start. Where did you come up with the idea of the very first Unrailistic, published over three years ago?

Throughout the years of skiing, the level of the sport has been pushed into insane levels. We’re doing quads, we do butters into doubles and the overall progression seems endless. However, somehow, we forgot about the weird features. Sure, much cool stuff has been done on rails and other weird things, but in my opinion, that’s something that I enjoy watching and doing the most. So, I got this idea of a project that would be called “Unrailistic,” and the idea was to do insane tricks off of never-before-seen features.

How was it to produce the first movie?

It was fun, horrible and above all, challenging. We had established a plan for what and how we were going to do the project. But when things went from paper into the “real world,” we quickly realized… how easy it is to draw something up on a piece of paper. For example, we thought that two weeks would be enough to nail 16 insane features, but it took us one month to do twelve. I felt that I didn’t fully reach the level I wanted on my first movie and have been wanting to do a sequel since the day I left.

What can you tell us about the sequel?

Well, to put it this way: You can always push yourself in forms of going bigger, spinning more and [creating] cooler features. That’s the foundation of this project, to step it up even more. But I think viewers will notice that it won’t be the exact same feeling as in the first movie. You see, I like to create new things, not repeat the old. “Unrailistic” was well received, and people definitely enjoyed it. However, I don’t want to do the same thing over again— I want to challenge myself to come up with even more mind-bending ways of expressing my skiing. I think people will expect a follow-up of the same thing, but they will receive something even better.

What is it that inspires you to ski the way you do?

To try new things and better myself is the best thing I know. How can I do this or that better and so on. Luckily, I have the opportunity to make my living on precisely that, which leads to project like this. 

What’s left for Unrailistic 3?

Hold your horses! I barely made it out alive after the second one!