WORDS: Sarah Ward
Name: Nick Martini
Hometown: Winchester, Massachusetts
Living Now: Boulder, Colorado
Stept Productions has just announced their latest ski film, Mutiny, which drops July 30. This urban ski flick was shot over 270 days across the U.S. I talked to Nick Martini, skier and co-founder of Stept Productions, to find out more about this raw movie that's been four years in the making.
POWDER: What are you most excited about in this film?
Nick Martini: I think most people will be excited about the behind the scenes that's incorporated. It shows more of the story, who they are.
What is your favorite scene that we can look forward to?
Shea Flynn's part; he had an amazing year. There's a back story to his segment that's intertwined. It's very different then a traditional segment.
What makes Mutiny different from other ski films?
There are a lot of behind the scenes. It's the true story of what we do. Most of the urban shot for films is illegal and most films don't tell that story.
What's the meaning behind the title, Mutiny?
We kind of just left the rest of the ski industry and were just with our crew this year. We had the idea for Mutiny for four years. We were at the point where we could be independent and do our own thing. This was the first year we could do our entire season with just our crew. Everything fell into place.
In what way was this Stept's largest film to date?
The resources—not financial, it was really hard to fund this film—but the commitment from the athletes. They filmed full time for the movie all year. We were also able to up the equipment used and the production value. There were 270 days of shooting and 110 days of post-production.
Why did you stay in the U.S.?
We've all done international [filming] before. Some of the coolest cities, in our mind, are here. It features the U.S. and we kept it cheap. About 60 percent was filmed in Boston. Ironically that's where almost all of the crew is from. There was a big amount of snow. It was really sick to go home and make a film.
Was this your favorite year of filming?
Absolutely, everyone in the film, production, and athletes, lived in one house in Boulder, Colorado, the entire year. It was crazy. Some of the scenes in the film are from the house.
What is the general feel to this film?
Dark, mysterious, weird. It could potentially make a lot of the viewers uncomfortable. It's an experiment.
Why is it intended for mature audiences?
There's some graphic content, nothing crazy, but more for an older audience because of language and graphic scenes.
Any gnarly falls in the film?
Yeah, a lot of injures throughout the year and shenanigans that went horribly wrong.
Will there be a film tour?
Yeah, a U.S. tour with about 30 to 40 stops that starts in September and possibly some showings in Europe.
When can we expect some footage?
The trailer is coming out soon. The movie is available July 30. I think it's the first film of the year. We are also releasing four videos of the making of the film, which has featured profiles.
Mutiny is now available for pre-order here.