Athan Merrick

Cinematographer + Director of Photography Vancouver, BC
Posts Tagged ‘Teton Gravity Research’

Almost Ablaze

Cinematographer on full length 2014 film Almost Ablaze for clients Teton Gravity Research. Winner Film of the Year IF3. Movie of the Year Powder Awards. Official selection of Banff Mountain Film Festival. Over 200 premieres in cities around the globe.

Awarded “Film Of The Year” at the 2014 International Freeski Film Festival. TGR’s Almost Ablaze is a global odyssey combining state-of-the-art cinematography and the most progressive riding on The Planet. Experience a new level of sensory overload as each athlete is wired for sound, immersing the audience completely in the moment. Watch as athletes push the edge to realize a heightened state.

Almost Ablaze highlights stunning locations, next-level riding, and the globetrotting lifestyle of these thrill-seeking athletes. The crew sets up camp deep in the Teton Range hitting 5,000-foot dream lines all on foot. Check out urban riding in the war-torn Winter Olympic venues of Sarajevo. Explore the massive untapped terrain of Sella Nevea, Italy during a record winter where they struggle to keep lifts and chalets from completely disappearing into the snow. Finally, feel the madness as TGR’s full cast of athletes meets in Revelstoke for a mind-blowing session producing some of the most diverse riding in the world. Almost Ablaze takes you beyond the boundaries. Experience a rarely seen state of being and level of excitement where one missed step will result in total chaos.

“The Edge…There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others-the living-are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later. But the edge is still Out there.”
-Hunter S. Thompson

Featured Athletes:
Angel Collinson, Chris laker, Colter Hinchliffe, Dana Flahr, Dane Tudor, Dash Longe, Dylan Hood, Griffin Post, Ian McIntosh, Jonny Collinson, Joss Christensen, Karl Fostvedt, Mark Carter, Max Hammer, Nick Mcnutt, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Tim Durtschi, Todd Ligare

Featured Location:
Grand Targhee Resort, Jackson Hole Wyoming, Juneau AK, La Grave France, Revelstoke British Columbia, Sarajevo Bosnia, Selkirk Tangiers Heliskiing, Sella Nevea Italy

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Way of Life

Trailer from full length 2013 film Way of Life for clients Teton Gravity Research that I was a cinematographer on. Spent all winter shooting in Austria, Interior BC, and the Neacola Mountains in Alaska. Over 200 premieres in cities around the globe.

For some, embracing the mountains is not just part of life—it’s a way of life. The search for snow shapes not only how they approach these peaks, but also how they approach the world. And whether athletes spend their days dropping first descents in Alaska, lapping the local mountain, or training for the Olympics, they’re part of a community built around a shared passion. The bonds that form from this community transcend continents and cultures, transforming strangers into friends. After all, a smile on a powder day needs no translation.

Shot on location in 2013, Teton Gravity Research’s Way of Life takes you on a journey to the mountains and inside the minds of today’s top athletes. With stunning imagery created with GSS, Red Cinema, and the Sony Action Cam, this film explores the origins of skiing in Austria, the search for original lines in Alaska, and the U.S. Freeskiing Team’s quest for Olympic gold. The adventure also leads athletes to the rugged terrain of Jackson Hole and the Tetons, as well as the backcountry of British Columbia. Regardless of the terrain they ride, the athletes featured in Way of Life push the boundaries of what’s possible. This journey takes them across the globe as they form a brotherhood that needs no language.

Featured Athletes:
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Tim Durtschi, Sammy Carlson, Dash Longe, Dana Flahr, Todd Ligare, Griffin Post, Angel Collison, Ian McIntosh, Dylan Hood, John Spriggs, Colter Hinchliffe, Max Hammer, Daniel Tisi, Willie Borm, and the US Olympic Freeskiing Team

Featured Locations:
Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Neacola Range, Alaska, Fieberbrunn, Austria; St. Anton, Austria; Zillertal-Hachfugen, Austria; Red Mountain, British Columbia; Stellar Heli, British Columbia; Selkirk Wilderness, British Columbia; Kootenay Rockies, British Columbia; Cooke City, Montana; Mammoth Mountain, California.

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Song: The Prince Is Coming – Araab Muzik

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Sacrifice

Director, Cinematographer, Editor for this piece highlighting pro skier Maxim Arsenault shot in Whistler and Vancouver, BC. Produced by Dendrite Studios.

Maxim Arsenault continues his rise among the big mountain skiing elite by charging and stomping with his 2012 segment.

Sacrifice is an offering to Ullr the God of Snow, so he may bless us with deep and plentiful pow. Rumors spread this fall throughout our home mountain of Whistler that we were due for a low tide season after multiple record breaking years. Dendrite decided to challenge that notion with this offering of skiing and a beautiful woman as we heard Ullr enjoys such pleasures. Did it work? While we were editing this piece Whistler received 121 cms over the last 7 days. Coincidence? We think not.

This is also a gift to the male ski bums of the world. They sacrifice many things to live the dream. One of those is most likely the comfort of a lady. Ski town ladies are among the most beautiful and rad females around! But the simple fact remains that in many ski towns, guys outnumber ladies by 10 to 1. That leaves many out in the cold.

So cheers to Ullr and cheers to ski bums…both the guys and the gals, you all rule! Here’s to a bountiful harvest this winter!

Skier…Maxim Arsenault
Directed, Cinematography, Edit…Athan Merrick
Produced By…Dendrite Studios
Skiing Footage Courtesy of…Teton Gravity Research
Model…Uli Krown
Make Up…Jennifer Ruth
Lighting/Camera Assistant…Adam Braverman
Music…Little Foot Long Foot, Neko Case Hate F**ks Kurt Cobain

The Dream Factory

Trailer from full length 2012 film The Dream Factory for clients Teton Gravity Research that I was a cinematographer on. Shot the BC segment in Whistler and Pemberton and the Alaska sled skiing/camping segment in Valdez. Official selection of Banff Mountain Film Festival and over 200 premieres in cities around the globe.