31/01/2011 | by Uli Köhler
The teaser for Travis Rice & Co’s new project, Brain Farm Cinema’s The Art of Flight, is out. HOLY SHIT!
We spoke with the director of The Art of Flight, Curt Morgan, for a preview piece in the last print mag of the season. It was one of the most enlightening chats we’ve had in a long while as he laid bare the direction the new film would take, the pressure of following up That’s It, That’s All, and a trip to Patagonia that he called “the most incredible experience of my life.” But, seeing as they just dropped the teaser and people’s tongues will be wagging, we’ll let you in on a couple of snippets…
“It really was to originally be That’s It, That’s All 2 and then the more I thought about it… Lemme even take a step back further. When we were told that we could make this next movie by Red Bull the stipulation was ‘Yes, you can make this film and yes you can have this budget, but you have to make an 8 show television series.‘ So, essentially, I’m screwed because I’ve gotta create like 9 movies now.”
“The first season it was really hard to get through it but it turned out that [the TV show] started to influence me from taking a movie and making TITA 2, to an adventure documentary snowboard film. So the television show essentially helped me rethink the way I was going to make the movie.”
“Once you’ve shot snowboarding for 12, 13 years straight, the tricks start to become much less important than these little stories that become, these little adventures start to become more interesting. Like Jeremy Jones with Deeper. That movie is just INTERESTING.”
“Some people are still gonna sit on their couch and watch The Art of Flight and be like ‘Meh. Where’s the tricks?’ I mean there’s a lot of pretty ridiculous shredding in it, the teaser will be out, you’ll see, it’s psycho but, I don’t know, it’s exactly what we want it to be and I think that people will appreciate it. I think there will be 5-7 minutes stretches in the film with no snowboarding but you’re gonna be on the edge of your seat.”
“I’m not really doing it to try to outdo the last one, to impress the audience as much as im trying to outdo the last one to prove to myself that I can do it. In a sense if I can prove to myself I can do it then I’m gonna impress the audience. But the more risks you take in filmmaking, the more diverse your audience can become and… there’s more people that will hate and love it. It’s just going to become more extreme.”
“I’d heard about the [Patagonia's] Darwin Range watching National Geographic and stuff and no ones ever been there and it’s he scariest place on earth and the winds can change from 0 to 100mph in seconds and yadayadayada. It’s literally crazier than Antarctica. So, it kinda scared me into trying it.”
“What planet the fuck are you from?” asks one gnarled old heli pilot in the teaser as Curt’s trying to convince him to fly into the Darwin Range. When you watch the teaser, you’ll be asking the same question.