In case you hadn’t noticed, snowboard edits are getting more and more mind bending – and we’re not just talking about the riding. First came those impressively smooth follow cam shots that would once have required a Hollywood steadycam but can now be done with gimbals and a GoPro costing relative peanuts. Next came consumer drones from the likes of DJI, which gave us those gorgeous aerial landscapes without a Red Bull helicopter in sight. And more recently, the internet is awash with head-spinning 360 footage from the likes of Rylo and the GoPro Fusion.
In the wise words of Mugatu, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.
“Snowboarding has never looked more like a computer game”
Now, hot on the heels of Torstein Horgmo’s next level drone edit with the Shredbots, comes this effort from “Team BlackSheep”. We know, it sounds a bit nerdy – a bit Games Workshop-py if you will – and in truth there is something undeniably geeky about donning a special pair of goggles and flying around what is essentially a radio-controlled toy, like, really seriously. But shit… those boys can fly!
From the opening shots of the incredible Audi Nines set-up, snowboarding has never looked more like a computer game. With a racing drone, the pilots are able to keep up with the riders on the run-in, change altitude and effortlessly orbit the action in mid-air for maximum head-fuckery. Hey, it even makes the skiers look cool. Almost.
Admittedly, you start to feel a bit airsick at times, and it could even be argued that when the camera can dance so easily around the action, it almost makes the riders’ own acrobatics seem less impressive, but there are moments when these super nippy drones elevate film-making to another level. Probably our favourite example here is the fly-past of Torgeir Bergrem as he launches one of those trademark methods of the knuckle. Pure sex.
“It does make a super annoying sound behind your ear,” concludes Sebbe De Buck, uncovering those first world problems as only a professional snowboarder can, “but it makes the sickest shots so it’s all worth it.”