Field Productions has released seven ski flicks to date, and their much-anticipated film, Side by Side, will premier this fall. The Norwegian crew has filmed with Tom Wallisch, Eric Hjorleifson, and JT Holmes, so you can expect everything from urban jib sessions to powdery pillow lines. We talked to producer Filip Christensen about his age, triple flips, and what he thinks about film school.
How is it that you’re 22 and have already put out six movies?
I have always enjoyed skiing and filming with my friends. I was 16 years old when I made my first ski movie. We were filming here at our local resort near the capital of Oslo and on the Norwegian glaciers. It was a great time and it’s fun to look back on it. Since I started at such a young age, I have been able to work my way up slowly.
You’ve worked your way up to having some of the biggest names in skiing—Jon Olsson and Mike Douglas-—ski in your films. How did you make that happen?
We had our first shoot with Jon in the winter of 2006-2007 at the Stryn glacier in Norway. We worked well together, and since then he has been featured in our movies. He always impresses me. Mike Douglas and I got in touch this past fall, and we figured out that we wanted to join forces with Salomon Freeski TV on a trip to Mica Heli Guides in British Columbia. It turned out to be an epic trip, with Douglas, Henrik Windstedt, Mark Abma and Åsmund Thorsen.
You’ve shot a lot in Norway and Canada. Where does most of the action take place?
It’s always an advantage to work on your own turf, and we are lucky that Norway has so many exotic locations to offer. It’s a gamble to work here, but when you get the right conditions, you can score some very unique footage. We have also been to Haines Alaska, Montafon, Austria and more.
Your crew is credited with capturing the first triple flip on camera (with snowboarder Torstein Horgmo). How did you get that shot?
Norway is a small country, and everyone knows each other in this community. Torstein wanted to try out this trick, and we hooked up and got the shot. There are rumors about other triples being done this winter, but it’s hard to say.
What equipment did you shoot with?
Most of the footage for “Side By Side” was shot on Panasonix HVX200 and the RED One camera.
Do you have any formal training or education in film?
I have no education in film—I am totally self-taught. I actually studied economics in school.
Any advice for young filmmakers trying to make into this industry?
It is important to take your time and start slow, since it takes a while to break into ski movie production. You need to gather a business network, staff, athletes etc., which is not an easy task. Either way, I think it’s important to follow your dreams while you can, and the right time to try that out is when you're young.
For more info on the film, check out FieldProductions.com.