Blue Tomato Blog Update #2

Here’s the second part of our Blog Update…

Catalogue Cover Shooting Story

It was in the middle of February and it was dumping since almost a week. As we heard the forecast saying that snowfall will fade overnight and the next day will be sunny, it was clear to us that on the next day we had to get up early. With great expectations we rose the next day as early birds and the blue sky and the shimmering winter landscape showed us that this was the only right thing to do. We packed our stuff very fastly, took our breakfast in the car and off we went to Flachauwinkl.

When we arrived in Flachauwinkl we were hurrying to get up the mountain. The guys (Roli Scharmer and Flo Galler) were highly motivated and the ride on the ski lift became a spot-search game. We went straight to the spot I discovered the day before with Josh (Absenger). I wasn’t sure if it would work properly as the landing was very flat. But the guys agreed that there was no problem because the powder was so deep. We quickly built a kicker, played Rock, Paper, Scissors and Roli was first at the Run In.

The final shot for the cover.

Unfortunately he had to wait for about 15 minutes because in the meantime there appeared too many clouds which were hiding the sun. Finally all was perfect and Roli cleared the tree with a lovely Shifty Bonk. Flo put another log on the fire with a FS 1 and the session was opened up. The guys did some more FS 1 until the shot was perfect and nothing had to be concealed anymore. Later on we realized that the landing was not as safe as we thought. In the middle of all the tracks we found the chop of a fence. It wouldn’t have been that much fun if anybody had landed on it.

Roli at his method pillow line.

Flo Galler at his pillow drop down.

So we packed our things and went of to the spot which Josh had already prepared. It was a Pillow Drop Down. Josh, Roli and Flo did a BS 1 over it and all of them looked like a lot o fun. After that we straight went to a pillow line which ended with a drop. The boys hiked the line twice and I had some fine Methods in the can.

Flo after his FS 3 bail.

From that moment the light was getting worst and we decided that this was it for the day. The guys offered to carry my foto stuff so I had the time to get my own powder line. On our trip home we were all stoked and reviewed the day by looking at the pictures. The camera was passed around in the car and we laughed about bails and gave props for style.

Flo and Roli are hiking the pillow line.

Thanks guys for the sick day. Those are the days of which I think in summer when I am looking forward to winter!

Ciao, Simon

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Behind the Scene of Loveolution – Interview with Seppi Scholler

The Austrian Snow-, Skateboard and Streetwear Brand LOVE is very proud to bring out their first Teammovie. Premiere on October 24th in Vienna’s Volksgarten Banane. Open doors at 22.00 o’clock, premiere starts at 23.00 o’clock. Sound will be provided by Pezo Fox, Mosaken, Mastercash, Joshimizu, Stylestab & B.Visible. Further information can be found on the Love Website.

The film was done in cooperation with Blue Tomato and it is for sure one of the most different and entertaining Snow and Skate movies in 2009! It features the riding of Blue Tomato Teamriders Marc  SwobodaDomenik Wagner und Diz Pichler plus Seppi Scholler, Matevz Pristavec, Thomas Feurstein, Flo Mausser, Xico Basabe, Allesandre Massotti, Thomas Vevjar and Friends.

From powder shots at the Arlberg and in Switzerland, massive park jumps in Slovenia, Sweden and the Superpark to the Special “rainbow jib session”. This movie is a good mix of powder, park and jibs! Also the skaters Xico Basabe, Allessandro Massotti and Thomas Vevjar spent days and nights filming and you will see that it was worth it. Besides this, the riders show that some of them also got other “hidden talents” and the whole crew guaranties that this is for sure the most entertaining and flashiest movie in 2009 🙂

Just for you we interviewed one of the Loveolution Masterminds Seppi Scholler:

Pic by Markus Rohrbacher

How did it come to making a Team Video?

There was some intention to make a video but the idea of making something own has been around for a longer time. There is always a lot of responsibility in “power”. I have to say that I have a lot of respect for each and every film production because now I experienced (in a smaller setting) how much work you have to invest if you want to make a good video. At this point I would like to thank my old friend Naisi for having that much patience with me in the past and also Gipsy who enabled us to film our movie!

You won’t believe how much work it is to do everything… from the first Team meeting on: filming, trips, PR of the movie, cutting, animation, stickers, shirts, flyers, video premieres, media partners and not to forget shoveling for days and hiking for spots. Hard to believe how much work hides in some spots.

As already mentioned, the project occupied me apart from snowboarding and office a whole year. But I think/hope that this work will pay off.

How was working on the movie? Were there some strange incidents?

Working on the video was/is quite intensive. Especially for me. I am responsible for a big part of the production, graphic design, direction and of course I was riding myself.

The whole season was full of strange incidents. But we have to say that altogether production went well and I think we all can be very satisfied. Of course you have to be quite spontaneous no matter if it is because of the weather, injuries, locked mountain passes or overnight stays in the car at minus 15 °C.

You say that your video is “different” to the others and has some sort of drive. What is it exactly that distinguishes your film from others?

I hope that it comes across and people recognize that we put in “loving attention to detail”. Just if you think of the music. Being “different” starts at the DVD graphics and ends with the last part of the movie.

It was our goal to portray the people not as the “super cool, awesome, whatever” image holders. We wanted to picture them as completely different. Just as we are in real life. I think being authentic is the secret.

What makes a really good video in your opinion?

Even if it is really hard but a video has to be some sort of “quirky” and as I said “different” from other productions. This “being different” can be triggered by several factors. However no such other elements should eever be used to conceal a lacking athletic performance.

It is important that all of the involved, so riders, filmers, musicians, illustrators, producers, PR people etc. should support the project with 100 %. At this point I would like to thank all of the supporters. Without their help, energy and emotion this project could have never been realized.

Which is your favorite part of the movie?

I don’t really have a favorite part. Each part has some elements I totally like. But I really like the intro and the last part.

What do you expect from the premiere on October 24th at the Volksgarten in Vienna?

I expect the pressure which I felt the last year to be relieved.

No, to be honest I have no clue. To speak absolutely freely I am really curious about people’s reactions. And I mean REALLY curious.

Where can the movie be bought? How do you distribute it?

The movie will be distributed over two ways: on the one hand via free online download on our Website and on the other hand the film (incl. a lot of good bonus material) will be added to the Blue Tomato goodie bag. Furthermore there will be some DVDs and Giveaways in every shop where you can buy LOVE stuff.

Closing question: What do you expect from the future? Are there further projects already planned?

I expect to keep well in future and that everybody I like is well off too. And of course I hope that I can reach self-fulfillment on the fields that I like.

There are already quite concrete plans for the future. But I’ll tell when the time has come. I like talking about things when they are ready and have some sort of surprise effect. That’s the reason why nobody should know how and what our movie will be about in advance 😉

Also check out the teaser

Trip to the Hintertux Opening

Thursday evening, two weeks ago, Franki, Jürgen, Alex, Lukas and me started our trip to the Hintertux Opening. Franki got some sweet apartment for us in Zell am Ziller. Props to Franki, the flat was amazing! Friday morning we headed towards Hintertux. First it seemed to be real foggy however on the glacier weather was ok. In the morning it was super icy but thanks to the sun and temperatures about 6°C it got slushy at noontime. The park offered a medium and pro kickerline, pipe, corner and a jib line consisting of a downbox, downrail, rainbow box, flat box, up box, curved box and pyramid box. You see there was something to shred for everybody.

Additionally you had the chance to test some new shredsticks of the upcoming season. E.g. there was Rome, Forum, Burton, Lib Tech, Nitro, Ride, Bataleon and many more. On Saturday and Sunday weather was great, there was not a cloud in the sky. It just felt a little like being on summer shred and especially at the corner some nice sessions were going on. At Saturday evening we went to the official Opening Party, was cool but a little overcrowded. Anyway Alex found out that the garbage bags were real comfortable… at least he claims that. Sunday morning we took the gondola to the glacier with a little hangover. But after some relaxing and a second breakfast we beat it and took some laps through the park. In the end we arrived back in Schladming about 9pm, real tired but with a big smile on our faces.


Blue Tomato Intern

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