The Escape Video – Teaser and Lowdown with Lou Staub

This new movie crew is set to shine a light on Switzerland’s emerging talent, as they turn their backs on the comforts of the park to focus on the streets and BC…

We were hyped on last season’s Mindset Productions movie, A Love Like Mine Is Hard To Find. Marrying great filming, a slick aesthetic and some banging riding from some of Switzerland’s up-and-comers, it was one of our favourite crew movies from the previous winter. So when the Mindset crew disbanded due to work opportunities, it was a bummer to think that we wouldn’t see these boys take their next step.

However, from the ashes of Mindset a new crew has emerged – spearheaded by rider/filmer Lou Staub – which looks set to continue to chart the evolution of these Swiss boys as they spread their wings and step out of the park and into the streets and backcountry.

We hit up the man making the magic happen to get the lowdown on The Escape Video

Lou Staub. Photo: Kuno Egli

How did your crew come together?

I chose a mix of riders who have already been filming with me over the past years, but I also asked some new guys – who I only knew from riding in the park – if they would be down to hit the streets.

In general it’s just riders that I think other people would like to watch because of their trick selections.

Do you all mostly ride the same places, or are you from all over Switzerland?

We live all over Switzerland but most of us spend a lot of time in Laax. I also worked there in the Snowpark team, so it was basically our spot to be the whole winter.

You’ve all made movies before right? Is it the same crew behind Mindset or a new production?

Yes, I was filming for and riding in the past few Mindset Movies. After Mathias Wittwer got a job in the Laax Marketing Team he asked me if I wanted to continue doing Mindset, but we ended up deciding that it would be best if I start a new crew with new name.

I’ve learned a lot of the guys from Mindset over the past few years and I felt ready to give my “knowledge” to the next generation.

On the playback. Photo: Kuno Egli

Who was in the crew for The Escape movie? 

The crew was Gian Sutter, Elias Rupp, Yannick Messmer, Florian Fischer, Elio Fumagali, Martin Lässer, Joel Staub and Dario Burch and friends. I was the filmer for most of the time but I also managed to get some shots from myself when others where down to film me.

How did the dudes get on in one of their first season shooting in the streets? Teaser looks like they did Ok! But any things you guys learned?

Haha! Yes, sometimes I felt like a teacher or coach. For some guys it was their very first filming for a proper movie. I’m also not the biggest expert in filming street or BC but it for sure helped having some years’ experience so I could show them everything from building a drop-in and takeoff, scouting spots, dealing with angry people, setting up lights and choosing the right trick for the spot.

Luckily the riding of the guys was on point so I only had to manage the whole thing around and then leave the bangers to them.

When will the movie drop and who’s stacked the most footy?

Elias Rupp filmed the craziest stuff, he’s currently getting educated by the Swiss snowboard team to become the next contest kid but he still finds the time and motivation to film in the streets and not just train for the next Olympics.

The movie will be premiered on the 28th of September. After that, you’ll be able to buy the movie and then in December it will hit the web.


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