How we made our i go ski movie
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Behind the scenes with igo ski!
It all started (as many great ideas do) on a chairlift, in Meribel, one sunny weekend last March. We wanted to convey to all you snow loving folk out there how easy it is to do a ski weekend and just how much our staff do in terms of organising the detail and making the whole trip as easy and convenient as possible. In fact, the very ethos with what we have been doing at iGO SKI since 2007.
How we did it?
We chose to run the weekend as a “normal ski weekend” in real time, but with a camera man and producer in tow. Extra time had to be allowed for each scene, but we managed to get it as true to life as possible. We filmed the weekend on a Wednesday in early January 2017…. Yes, very recently!
Scene 1 – London
The first scene was actually shot on a separate day in London as we needed an extra 2 hours for travel due to the camera work required in such a public place. We used a donor office and the ensuing travel scenes flowed as they would normally with Scott (our model) leaving in a taxi to Gatwick for an Easyjet flight, which departed at 20.50 on the Wednesday … Almost perfectly aligned with the actual departure time for most of our weekends.
The first beer
Scott started his flight (as all of us should) with a can of beer on the plane and - luckily for us - we had a very empty flight so Pete Cox our camera-man and editor was able to get the shots required, un-hindered by flight attendants!
The meet and Greet
On arrival in Geneva we were met by an iGO SKI rep, (Felicity from Hotel Hermine Blanche, Morzine), so we then shot the arrival scene in keeping with a real ski weekend of being “met and greeted” as Scott picked up his board bag and came through arrivals.
Shortly after shooting the “Meet and Greet” scene, a driver of one of our own VW minibuses then loaded our bags and took us to the door of the Chalet Nyon in Morzine where we arrived about 1 hour and 15 mins after leaving Geneva.
Much to our horror!
On arrival, much to our horror, Pete then decided we needed to shoot the “Arrival Scene” at 11pm in freezing temps of -12C. Normally, we would have gone to the pub…right?
This is the scene where Scott walks up from the bus to the door of the chalet. Again, all this was done in real-time and not staged... too much anyway! There was (of course) a lot of standing around and getting cold as Pete needed to get “the shot” of Scott entering the chalet… whereupon he was greeted by our lovely chalet girls at such an ungodly hour.
The next scene was breakfast. Again, all shot in real time. The lift passes were placed on the breakfast table by our iGO rep Mike, and then it was off up the mountain via the gondola lift which is right next door to the chalet Nyon. Look carefully in the movie for the gondola.
The very final scene (on top of the mountain) was actually taken at La Grande Terche 20 mins drive away and not Pointe de Nyon (the peak by the chalet). Why? Well only because we needed the sun in the right place and we only had a day to shoot the whole film and go riding ourselves!
All done in real time
Yes the film really did take place in real time and is indicative of a ski weekend with iGO SKI. The only change was the choice of chalet. Chalet Nyon is an Alpine Elements chalet and had to be used as we didn’t have a free iGO chalet available to commandeer for the shoot. The Nyon is a Premium Plus chalet and can only be booked through Alpine Elements for weekly stays. For a similar chalet look at Chalet Ardoissiers, which is available for weekends!