Three minutes and thirty seconds of unseen Nicolas Müller footage? Hells yes!
Through snowboarding’s rich history there have been many great riders, yet few achieve legendary status. The kind of rider you know who it is just by watching them ride, the kind who can be referred to just by one name. Terje. Romain. Gigi. Nicolas.
Nico’s put out more insane video parts throughout his career than most – from his early career shooting with JDP to his long, fruitful partnership with Absinthe Films, his Burton parts and appearances in classics like 91 Words for Snow and That’s It, That’s All, to his seminal Nike Never Not part, the Swiss King of Style has constantly churned out the goods on an annual basis for more than 15 years. All with that feather-light, Müller style flowing.
A Müller documentary had been on the cards for a while, but creative differences, the shuttering of Nike Snowboarding and his Burton deal being up in the air (he switched to Gnu and got his first ever pro model while filming the movie) meant we worried it might remain in ‘development hell’ for all eternity. However, a couple of years back Nico told us it was finally greenlit and ON. Fruition: The Life and Dreams of Nicolas Müller was the result.
Aside from the classic archive shots of Nicolas in his pomp and contemporary footage that showed he’s still one of snowboarding’s foremost big mountain artistes, Fruition also tore up the ‘snowboard movie’ rule book to produce a unique film that was bound to divide opinion.
But when you film for two whole years, naturally a bunch of bangers will end up left on the cutting room floor. Luckily for us the guys at Doodah – the Swiss snowboard store that’s been supporting Nico since he was a young buck – teamed up with Fruition‘s director, Sean Fee of Tasty Pictures, to dig through the archives and “produce this sweet edit to quench the thirst for the Müllair.”
The Hollow Boned Bird is the result. Three-and-a-half unseen minutes of Müller charging in the backcountry. Turns out the thirst for the Müllair is unquenchable – we want more now!
Directed – Edited by Sean Fee
Cinematographers: Justin Hostynek, Nathan Avila, Elmar Bossard, Aaron Fee
Produced by: Tasty Pictures
Music: Trip the light by Ryan Taubert