Josh Berman, what can you say about him? Back in the day, he was an aspiring pro skier; however, after an unfortunate knee injury took him out of the game, he decided to start making movies. Thus, Level 1 Productions was born! Since then he's been traveling the world filming with a dedicated group of riders and putting together the best movies possible each year.
This year's release, Turbo, showcases the incredible riding done by the Level 1 crew last winter. It's dope, trust.
I was lucky enough to contact Josh and ask him a couple questions. Here's what he had to say:
1) How hectic have things been around the office lately?
Too hectic... par for the course really!
2) How happy are you with each movie you put out? Are there changes you find you wish you'd made?
Releasing a movie is always a compromise between a finished product that you're proud of, and deadlines on release dates, commitments to sponsors and athletes, and a number of other factors. I don't think any filmmaker is ever completely satisfied with their final product, but that's all part of the gfdg
3) What were your feelings on REALTIME? What were you trying to show?
REALTIME was my attempt at showing a season unfold, and showing all the action we recorded from start to finish... telling a story of the season, if you will, without overuse and abuse of voiceover narration.
4) Where did the name Turbo come from?
Freedle Coty takes full credit for the name Turbo (and REALTIME, and LSS as well). He wanted to name one of his edits Turbo a few years ago, and ended up putting it on the backburner. This year was an appropriate time to break it out again!
5) I haven't seen it yet...what should I expect?
48.5 mins of bangers... or at least that's what we were going for.
6) In your opinion, how have your movies evolved over time?
They've evolved with the athletes, and my own on-snow experience... each year the guys are getting better and better at what they do, and they're taking their skiing to new places, and doing things bigger and better. Can't argue with that kind of progression! I've also learned a few things about how to use a camera over the years that come into play...
7) Is your first name really Peter?
Yes, yes it is.
Big thanks to JB on that one for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer these!
Anyways, check out Turbo, if you haven't already. It's a wicked sick movie, and TWall and the rest of the riders throw down every trick imaginable.
Level 1's website:
And the Turbo teaser, just in case you haven't seen it already:
If you've read this far, thank you! Any feedback on this entry would be appreciated, even just little stuff. Hopefully it was enjoyable and maybe you learned something!