The Art of Flight lives on
Chances are you’ve already seen The Art of Flight, a 2011 snowboarding film directed by Curt Morgan. Filmed on the snow-capped peaks of Chile, Colorado and elsewhere. It not only pays homage to action sports but also set the benchmark for action sports cinema.
Pro rider Travis Rice, alongside other hotshots such as Nicolas Müller, Mark Lee McMorris as well as other daredevils go to extreme measures, in order to test the laws of gravity. It quickly became a fan favourite. Even though the film is considered old in Internet years it still captures market share. At a time when attention spans are in decline and content with substance is sometimes hard to find.
These sentiments are echoed in the introduction of the film, as the crew set out to compile original content that could separate them from the rest. Achieving this is not easy. Aside from securing the actual athletes. Piecing together a film of this nature demands a big budget crew, armed with fancy filming equipment and editing suites. Without which pre and post-production alone would prove to be exceptionally difficult.
Then add in say two helicopters. One, to film the other one flying over remote locations. Airlifting snowboarders to somewhat steep mountain tops from which they would then descend. Once those basics were ticked off, mother nature also had to approve. The first stop on the list of destinations was none other than Alaska. A place where danger and deity meet.
The Art of Flight was such as hit, that it led to a follow-up feature titled The Fourth Phase. Like its predecessor, it not only glorifies snowboarding but also offers animated footage of earth, its harsh elements, and gracious wildlife. Relive this cult classic below, or take the time to watch the full film. It’s a worthy distraction.