Loosely inspired by the work and research of deep-sea expert Peter A. Rona, the piece abolishes notions of scale by contrasting micro-architecture with human construction.
Fascinated by the marks left by unknown creatures called Paleodictyon Nodosum, the scientist offers the hypothesis that these hexagonal structures are designed in order to cultivate bacteria.
A modern day Captain Nemo, Peter A. Rona wanders relentlessly across the seabed looking to discover these living creatures, of which we only know of their mysterious geometrical makeup, reminiscent of the Centre Pompidou’s hexagonal shape frame.
Artistic direction by Simon Geilfus, Yannick Jacquet, Thomas Vaquié
Producer Nicolas Boritch
Visual content by Simon Geilfus, Yannick Jacquet, Romain Tardy
Music composed by Thomas Vaquié
Architecture Shigeru Ban (2010)
Project commissioned by Nuit Blanche Metz and Centre Pompidou Metz
Technical direction: Laurent Fink and Lumens8
Video edited by Romain Tardy
Filmed by James Medcraft
Additional camera: Jerome Monnot, Sebastien Rabas, Romain Tardy
Presented by Philips TV and Atomic Skis
Featuring: Pep Fujas, Eric Hjorleifson, Daron Rahlves, and Chris Benchetler
From the depth of the creative visuals to the groundbreaking, never-been-done-before scale of the shoot, Afterglow is being hailed as one of the most cinematically profound ski movies ever made. Deep pillows and Alaskan spines, all filmed at night, with massive lights, custom made LED suits, and a national governments worth of logistics, planning, and civil engineering.
Filmed as a partnership between Sweetgrass Productions, Philips TV, and the Swedish Agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren, it's two parts creativity, one part branded content, and a pinch of masochism for good measure. Overall, it's an incredibly unique partnership between our vision of skiing and the color and light technology behind the Philips Ambilight TV.
Supported by: Atomic, Freefly Systems (MOVI), NiteRider, Golden Alpine Holidays, Alyeska Resort & Talvista Lodge.
Shot on location at: Golden Alpine Holidays Sentry Lodge, Alyeska Resort, and the Alaskan Wilderness
Directed by Nick Waggoner & Mike Brown
Executive Producer Nick Waggoner
Produced by Zac Ramras, Mike Brown, and Max Santeusanio
Edited by Mike Brown
First AC Max Santeusanio
Aerial Cinematography Nick Wolcott and Zac Ramras
Guides Cam McClellan and Ken Bibby
Gaffer Mark Stuen
Key Grip Kyle Metzger
Best Boy Grip Shane Treat
Cook AJ Frye
BTS Unit Jason Mannings
Agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren
Account Director Ulf Ahlstrand
Creative Director Joakim Wållgren
Account Manager Helena Bengtsson
Assoc. Creative Director Cristopher Gedda Westrell
Art Director Johan Schonfeldt
Agency Producer Mark Baughen, Colony