Contrary to most extreme ski videos, A Tiny Day in the Jackson Hole Backcountry miniaturizes the terrain for a new twist on an old genre. Tristan Greszko used digital effects to create a tilt-shift look, using shallow depth of field to create the impression of a toy-sized environment.
Greszko describes the amount of work that went into creating this labor of love:
It's a big animation of still frame sequences, all shot over a three-month period during winter 2011. The blurring effects were created digitally in post-production, allowing for much greater control and efficiency than I'd get with true tilt-shift lenses. A lot of the sequences were shot hand-held, or on a flimsy tripod in crazy high winds, so I had to do a lot of stabilization work in post. I'm guessing I spent 300-400 hours total between shooting, editing, and just figuring out how to make it all work.
Those of us who live in Jackson (and many who don't) have this insatiable addiction to the mountains here, and I wanted to distill all the wild adventures of a winter down to one day, a few minutes really, into what they might look like in a dream. When you dream everything feels so real, but afterwards it's all this weird blur where time doesn't make sense, memories and perspective get all distorted, and a whole winter might zoom by in your head when all you meant to do was sneak a quick nap. It's a slightly unsettling yet wonderful sensation as it all fades away; Tiny Jackson Hole was the best I could do to convey all those feelings and also approximate why we're all so hopelessly in love with this place.
For more work by Tristan Greszko, visit http://www.tristangreszko.com/.
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