Supervention’s two year production time was worth every bit of the wait. Up until two years ago, the production schedule for most ski movies was usually an annual affair. After the brilliance of director Filip Christensen’s 2011 work Being There and the subsequent announcement that his next film would not be released until 2013, most of Field’s’ fans must have felt like junkies being told their smack supply had just been cut off. Occasionally Field released teasers for the upcoming movie and I was getting amped up watching the bits and pieces that were shot by cameras on remote control helicopters/drones. Christensen is best known as the director who can get consistently amazing aerial shots from a helicopter. It looked like he was going to get even better when using a drone.
So what did we get? In a word: “beauty”. Supervention is an absolutely beautiful film. The camera floats above and next to the skiers as they skid across rails or jump down over the pillows within the trees in this engaging mix of urban and big mountain skiing. Christensen and co-director Even Sigstad (an urban skiing legend in his own right) take their time allowing the segments to unfold, showing the skiers in travel and reconnaissance mode, whether in the airport or boating to their destinations. This sort of thing can be boring filler in some ski films but with the engaging and relaxed personalities of the Norwegian skiers and their North American guests, it highlights the sense of adventure that this sort of skiing can provide.
If Field is not getting sponsorship funding from the Canadian Tourist Board, they should be. While this is a Norwegian film, Supervention ventures into two amazing Canadian ski zones, one near Terrace B.C. featuring powder galore and the other in the Tatenshini Mountain Range in the far reaches of north-western B.C. where few skiers have ever ventured. Hell, I’m Canadian and I didn’t know we had that type of paradise here in Canada. The vistas are breathtaking and the mountain spines provide for blistering white-knuckle runs.
18 year-old Swedish phenom Jesper Tjader is one of Field’s best recent discoveries and he stomps some of Supervention’s most ballsy tricks. This kid takes a beating but he never gives up and he can now count a backflip on to a downrail and a 180 spin around a light pole in the middle of a particularly nasty rail in his bag of craziness. Watch his switch double front flip and tip-grab on the big kicker at the end of Supervention and tell me you didn’t just lose it and scream “What did I just see?”
Supervention has all the pain and devoted insanity of Stept’s underground urban skiing movies and all the majesty of Matchstick’s and TGR’s white-mountain-peaks-for-miles-in-the-distance, all wrapped up in Christensen and Sigstad’s singular ability to find the best angles to shoot with an array of platforms that now goes beyond the standard helicopter mounted cameras to include remote control hellis. I still can’t get enough of this. If ski movies are your bag, you’ll be in the same boat. By Mark “The Attorney General” Quail