Adventure Video of the Week: Into the Mind

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deep can an action-packed adventure movie get? A new bar has
been set, at least for teaser video and text.

the lines between dream state and reality, as you perceive the world through
the minds of many.
Into the Mind contemplates the
experiences passed between mentors and peers to paint a philosophical portrait
of human kind. What drives us to overcome challenge? How do we justify risk?
What forces are at the core of a mountain addiction? Unique athlete segments
over a multitude of mountain sport genres depict the connectivity of Earth, and
window into never seen before moments. Explore how we begin our perception of
self, construct the foundations of confidence, and are ultimately led up the
path of self-actualization.

Buddha once said, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”

Into the Mind is about becoming.

 This week, Sherpas Cinema, the makers of All.I.Can, just
released the above psychedelic dollop so audiences could get a taste of Into the Mind, their new feature film set to debut in the fall of 2013. The ambitious new flick asks a number of big questions, and will go to some of
the most recognizable names in the adventure sports world to find answers,
including skier J.P. Auclair, climber Jimmy Chin,
snowboarder Xavier de Le Rue,
and kayaker Rush Sturges.

After trying to wrap my head around the teaser—at least that's my excuse for spending an afternoon watching and rewatching the video and reading and rereading the text—I called up and emailed co-directors Dave Mossop and Eric Crosland to find out more.

The movie came about because Mossop has kept the revolutionary seed of an idea in the back of his head since he was a cinema grom. “I remember in film
school my professor mentioning that big Hollywood producers usually turn down
scripts that include 'dream-scape’ scenes,” says Mossop. “I
was outraged and immediately wanted to prove them wrong.”

Since then, Hollywood films have employed
the tactic with success, from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to Inception.
Mossop fed off that, and decided it was finally time to do his own thing. “I love
dreams and the metaphorical connections they seem to manifest,” says Mossop.
“It’s the realm of unlimited creativity.”

The filmmakers picked icons pushing the limits
of different sports so they could make an overarching adventure movie about making
decisions and sharing experiences in numerous environments. They plan to connect those sports, people, and places through at least one key element. “We also really wanted to take a look at the water
cycles on earth,” says Crosland. “The interpretation of all the different water
cycles in every action sport genre—skiing, snowboarding, surfing, kayaking—all
heavily interface on water.”

The only things more impressive than the big
questions the team is asking and the quiver of athletes they are
featuring are the tools and amount of time they are putting into crafting
their masterpiece.

Crosland estimates
the production company is about halfway through roughly 10 months of shooting
in more than a half-dozen locations, which range from Bolivia, to British Columbia,
to Nepal, to Alaska. To get the shots they want, they have assembled an array
of gyrostabilized cameras to be mounted under helicopters, partnered with Kessler on a range of cranes and dollies, and built a custom six-foot long
swing arm to get those trippy rotating shots of the horizon. They’ll be using all of those tools to test the visual boundaries of what an adventure film can be.

“I think the main
idea is that everything that happens in your mind also happens in your real
world environment,” says Crosland. “We were really looking at visuals of nature
repeating themselves on macro and micro scales.”

For the next year or so, they’ll be seeing all of those macro and micro shots in their sleep, maybe until their actual heads are spinning, if for no other reason than they’re doing little more
than filming and editing and filming and editing. “The film has, and will, require thousands
of hours of work,” says Mossop. “We have no lives.”

—Joe Spring

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