Interview with Filip Christensen from Field Productions.
Field Productions founder and mastermind Filip Christensen is releasing his 7th movie "Side By Side" this year. He is only 22 years old and his movies are all ready counting to some of the best out there. We met up with Filip in cyberspace to talk about his career, about his latest movie "Side By Side" and why the Norwegians are coming up so hard this year!
Interview with Filip Christensen from Field Productions
Hey Filip, how are you and how is the new film coming along?
- Im just fine, a bit tired because I have been working allot with the editing lately, we are in the studio as we speak. The movie is coming along really well and we are pretty far in the editing of it all-ready! We are 3 editors and we are working pretty much around the clock with the editing. The world premiere is at the 18th of September so we need to be finished before that.
Where is the studio?
- In Oslo Norway. We have the studio is in my parents house.
What has been different with this years movie and do you think this years movie will be better then previous Field Production releases?
- Well this year we have raised the bar quite high. This year has been really sick because we have been able to have 4 camera-men out filming all year around. And we have some new gear and stuff. We shot allot on 7d and Red. We have also got a great line-up of international riders and we have been able to travel to great places like Canada, AK and the Alps. This will definitely be the best Field movie release.
This is your 7th movie, how old are you now and how old where you when you made your first ski-movie?
-Well I'm 22 now I was 16 when i did my first movie.
How did you get into making ski-movies?
-I was snowboarding for 5 years and then I started skiing and hang out with other friend skiers. My brother used to make snowboard-movies before with some other kids and I guess he inspired me allot. I borrowed his camera for my first shoots and so on. The first years were pretty hard but I never was about making money. My goal has always been to make as good movies as possible and stack my camera-gear up and expand the movie-production so that the next movie could be even better.
You started out as a snowboarder and you got your inspiration from your bigger brother who was a snowboarder to. How do you think that has effected you and your way of making ski-movies?
-I looked allot on the TB-movies when I was a kid. Johan Olofsson was my favourite rider growing up. I remember how I really wanted a handmade hat just like he's, it was pretty rad. I never had any problems with the transition to skiing though and there was never any beef between snowboarders and skiers even back in the days. We session allot with snowboard crews and shit now to. I mean it doesn't make any sense competing with them since we both depend on good parks and jumps, we try to help each-other out.
Didn't you get shit from the your older brother and snowboarder when you where skiing and filmed skiing?
- Hell yeah! (laughs)
Inspiration at that time?
- Henrik Rostrup (Push Films and Teddybear Crisis) inspired me allot since he is Norwegian and did allot of great movies that where internationally recognised back then.
How has the backup been from the industry during the years.
- Well, budgets are always hard, and you always feel that you can use more. We have always been getting good support and backup though especially from Norwegian brands, which has really helped allot.
Which rider has been the most fun to work with during the years?
- Even Sigstad aka "Papa Siggi". We have been friends since the first movie and he's been an inspiration and has helped out allot. It's great to have a rider with you, who has a great camera-eye and that can come with new ideas from his perspective. He's still riding hard and is also involved in both the filming and the post-production.
What is the most impressive thing you have filmed and why?
- That would be the Triple cork from Torstein earlier this summer.
What has been the best film-session with field through the years?
- For sure the Stranda-sessions in Norway. The nature is just amazing there and I have been getting my best shots from there to. Its great to be on home-turf as-well. I mean we know all the spots there and get great backup from the locals. Compared to when you go to AK for example and you are pretty much a stranger and you are competing with tons of other crews it's not easy at all. Stranda is just chilled out and you can work for ever in the most epic conditions without any competition. It's my favourite place for sure and we have been coming back there for the last couple of years.
You as many other ski-moviemakers are involved in all steps of the production. Filming, editing, producing, packaging and so on. What is your favourite part of these steps and why?
- To film for sure. I love being out on the field and the hunt for the perfect session or shot. The greatest kick is when you have organised a big shoot with allot of budget with good riders, heli, big booter and so on. There is allot of pressure on you to make the shot and to make a great session. It's when you manage to pull that kind of shoot off you get the best kick. The higher the stakes are the better kick you get when you can pull it off.
Best ski movie except your own ones?
- Teddybear Crisis but Side by Side is going to be better (laughs)
The Norwegians have been coming really hard this year with heaps of new movies and riders stepping things up. Why do you think that is?
- There has been a great explosion of freeskiing in Norway the last couple of years. Much because of good movies and riders have been inspiring people to get into it and through the obvious ski-culture that exist in Norway. I mean almost every kid learns how to ski at the same age as they learn how to walk. Through the explosion of the scene there are allot of new productions and riders coming up and also the ski-resorts help out with putting up great parks for them to ride in. The magazine Fri Flyt has done allot for skiing as a crossover magazine covering skiing in a great way and also productions like Field Productions, Chaos coming hard now and Push Films ( TBC) in the earlier years.
What is great about Norway?
- I like Norway because there are allot of mountains contra our neighbour country Sweden that is really flat (laughs). No, but I like that we have so close to the nature and the mountains. I think it reflects the people of Norway as-well, nature close people tend to be cool and laid back and I guess i like that. And off course that we have shit loads of money and oil.
Did you know that Norway is on top of the scale in the world when it comes to one night stands?
- No I didn't know that. I have had a girlfriend for the last 4 years so I haven't been able to make any research eater (laughs).
Does the Field crew get laid allot?
- No, most of the Field crew is practically married. But if we where single we would swim in pussy for sure!!!