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sweetgrassp  The Film Production Company Your Mother Warned You About

Meet Henry, Canadian, Dog, Avalanche Rescue specialist. When we first met, it was part of an Avalanche SAR course in December, a dog demo fit in amongst deep burial techniques, micro strips, and triage considerations. A sweater was hidden in the snow, he paced around for awhile, then b-lined for the scent, and uncovered the burial. Standing ovation from the audience, tears, several dog abduction plots hatched as everyone wanted to take him home.
A couple months later, we’re reunited under different terms. For the last few weeks we’ve been in production on an IMAX feature on this hound and his talents. Filming for the large format is a different beast, with beastly cameras, and images that will ultimately be projected on a beastly screen, with 3 dimensions that wrap around the audience in “the dome.” Framing conventions, composition, and focal lengths for a flat 16:9 screen are redefined, and some of the tricks we typically lean on would be junk in this format/make people vomit/get you fired from the set. From concept to shot list to execution, we’re having to train our eyes to see in the immersive experience of the giant IMAX screen.

@markabma auditioning the latest fashion from Armani. Behind the scenes of his top level schuss, he’s also one of the kinder people on earth. @blackcrows_skis

With deep snow and bluebird skies last week at @altaskiarea, we spent some time chasing @leecohen_pics - one of the most iconic powder photographers in the game, around at his home court in LLC. There’s always something to learn from a master at work, and we found no exception while tagging along to capture a classic shoot day on the hill with Lee. As you can see from the clip, Lee also taught his son @sammocohen well when it comes to putting down the turns to get the shot.

In one of the warmest, driest seasons on record in many parts of the western US, the jet streams changed course and delivered a healthy dose of the cold smoke in the Wasatch this week. Here’s @kelly.mackenzie sampling the goods at @altaskiarea

Looking back at 2017, one of our biggest highlights was winning an Emmy for Best Cinematography in Sports. Completely unexpectedly, we picked up the award for our @outsidetv episode documenting the production of our LED fueled trilogy produced for @philipstelevision. Revisiting these selects, and thinking back to all of the content we had the opportunity to create over the past 365, we can’t help but be thankful for the many opportunities to push our creativity in 2017 and throughout the years. It reminds us to keep on dreaming as we step forward into a brand spanking new 2018. @reddigitalcinema @fstopgear
Music: 'Dreams I Create' by Blackbird Blackbird

Our sincere and deepest condolences go out to the Kennedy and Perkins families as they deal with such loss. As we reflect on Hayden's words below, and the loss of so many of our dear friends in the tribe, we're also unsure what to make of it. We can celebrate the positive: his unrelenting humility, tireless stoke, and his serious commitment to not being too serious. Above all, we can try to find some of the beauty inherent in a young love shared in the mountains, and reflect on how to keep some of that love of Hayden and Inge alive in our own journeys. Rest in Peace you two. "Over the last few years, however, as I’ve watched too many friends go to the mountains only to never return, I’ve realized something painful. It’s not just the memorable summits and crux moves that are fleeting. Friends and climbing partners are fleeting, too. This is the painful reality of our sport, and I’m unsure what to make of it. Climbing is either a beautiful gift or a curse." - Hayden Kennedy

Cody Braford and Ivy Lefebvre have raised an ultra wolf pack of 3 kids, 2 cats, a dog, a 90-lb pig, 10 tarantulas, each with their own Strava account, and most of them running 50 milers before age 10. Far from a militant running fam, this is the real life Captain Fantastic. They live in the forest and on high peaks, refer to their home as an "aid station," and thrive on the adventure, exploration, and laughter that exists in the mountains above 9,318ft. We've yet to see them with a cell phone, they hug, smile, kiss, wrestle, and play with a connection that's nearly brought us to tears on multiple occasions. They are miracle subjects to film, and inspiring human beings to learn from. If life is about having fun, then clearly they are winning. @patagonia_trailrunning @snackyz

That peak moment of madness where your brain is a tofu scramble of spreadsheets, salutations, and several thousands of emails. Where music licenses, artist contracts, calendars, dates, times, meetings, lenses, cameras, computers, cloud over the normal human functions of breathing, eating, sleeping. "Hello's" become awkward, eye contact fleeting, and the single-minded focus of the production is the only only. It is it. The only only. All that seems to matter, success at all costs of self, health, sanity. Tomorrow we check in for our fourth installment at the Shambhala Music Festival, with a 25 person crew wrangling 50 terrabytes of 1's and 0's, collaborating through heat, smoke, lazers, ravers, and bass that rearranges chakras and any dental work not JB welded to the jawbone. Over four days, 3 on site editors will survive in an air conditioned box truck fueled by coconut water and Guayaki. They will wrestle with our blurry, out-of-focus shots, delivering four daily edits with 24-hour turnarounds. The other 23 humans, several drones, cable cams, mics, and 15-odd cameras will orbit around 4 DJ sets, capturing full start-to-finish performances with timestamped cameras. Entering...the Salmo sleep deprivation chamber, or have we already...? 📷: @louisbocknerphoto @snackyz @mikaljamesbrown

Mt Rainier is a giant. After an 11pm alarm clock, we pushed up through the Fuhrer Finger on a single push for the summit. Somewhere in the moonless dark we came across a couple of headlamps that revealed themselves to be friends from back home, and joined forces as a 5 folk wolf pack, clawing up through the dark towards the 9400ft of corn ski glory. Make sure to dive into the #ElectricAdventures of @chrisrubens @greg_hill_ski and @myshellparker as they volcano tour around the PNW by electric car, making a film about where you can go without fossil fuels. #midweekvegetarian #electricvolcano // @jasmincaton

A huge congratulations to all the collaborators and creatives who were part of our first Emmy Award for Outstanding Camerawork. We're still in shock. @snackyz @mikaljamesbrown @sturgegram @nickwolcott @the_poacher @jasonmannings @basil_wrathbone and so many more.

45 years of storms, snow, early mornings, and keeping the lifts spinning are all distilled into the eyes of Onno Wieringa - GM of Alta Ski Area, who will be retiring this year. We had the honor of capturing him in action 45 years of storms, snow, early mornings, and keeping the lifts spinning all distilled into the eyes of Onno Wieringa - GM of Alta Ski Area, who will be retiring this year. We had the honor of capturing him in action, firing the 105mm howitzer during one of the deepest snowfalls of the season, and keeping Avalanches in check along highway 210. Check the edit in this link and our thanks to Onno for contributing so much to make Alta the iconic place it is, and to the entire patrol and gun crew for working with us on this short in the pre-dawn hours. While the season is coming to an end soon, and Onno will be moving on to new pastures, we are already looking forward to many more years of deep snow and continued tradition in the heart of the wasatch.

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