Digital Imagery

Lens to the Future

If the traditional ski film is on its last breath, Matt Hobbs might be fingered for the death.

By Stewart Oksenhorn February 1, 2013 Published in the Midwinter/Spring 2013 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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Days to Come, a new work by the Basalt native, is the next digital leap in ski imagery.
A profile of seventeen-year-old Aspen freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace—who medaled in the X Games Skier SuperPipe for the third straight year in January—the six-minute video (available online) was shot with a Cineflex, a million-dollar camera that barely fit in the helicopter, and a Phantom, capable of shooting 4,000 frames a second. Partnering with Target, a Yater-Wallace sponsor, Hobbs’s Vital Film shot Days to Come over three days last winter on Snowmass and Buttermilk.

The twenty-five-year-old Hobbs, who began making sports films at Basalt High School, aims to use the technology to tell stories about the environment. For now, he is stunned by the clean, stable images, and how they bring the viewer into the action.

“Unreal,” he says. “Even the film companies I admire, who have made the best videos ever, haven’t used these cameras yet.”

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