Time is a curious thing. Time is slow when you wait and fast when you’re late. Time has the power to make you grow up. Time will heal. Time will tell. Time appears to be a constant but it's not. Time is different to every observer. Time is subjective. Time is relative.
Newton’s Laws (Part 2)
Isaac Newton once said "no great discovery was ever made without a bold guess". A lot later Juho Kilkki said "I doubt any great discoveries were made here but dropping in on any of these tricks sure felt like the boldest of guesses".
Real Skifi Episode 1 was released 11 years ago, which is crazy! If someone had told us back then what the future would hold, we wouldn’t have believed them. But here we are, once again one video older.
Take off comes before landing. Or does it? What if the outrun is actually the inrun? Real Skifi Tenet is a skiing fiction piece inspired by Christopher Nolan's Tenet.
Skiing with Tractors
Last winter the folks at Valtra asked us to join them in celebrating the launch of their new G series tractors. They were curious if we could do some tricks with, over and off the tractors. They pretty much said we could do whatever we want. We said yes.
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Juho, Ilkka and Verneri spent their early and mid teen years skiing at the small local ski hill Laajavuori. They would ride the bus after school and ski there almost every day. There were no sports clubs or coaches. Instead there was a small local scene rich of excitement and thrill to learn. Occasionally the boys would participate in contests and travel to other resorts.
In late 2010 they linked up with Janne who had a camera and knew how to use it. Together they started filming urban skiing in the streets of their hometown Jyväskylä. At that point the city already had a history of urban skiing and snowboarding so it was only natural for them to follow the path. At first they had no greater plans or goals for these film shoots. Pure stoke fueled them to get out there time after time. They had no more gear than a camera and a couple shovels. However, In February 2011 the boys put together a video and the first ever episode of Real Skifi was released. The freeski world greeted the video with positive feedback and so the boys went on hungrier than ever.
During the next season Anton doubled the amount of cameras and filmers in the crew and the first sponsors stepped in. Also speed-giving devices, lights, friends, fans, trips and more helped the guys create a name for themselves. In 2013 the crew had the honor of producing a segment to Level 1's movie Partly Cloudy.
Around 2014 different universities made the crew scatter around Finland. Naturally the amount of time that the crew could spend together decreased during the following years. At the same time paid collaborations and increased time spent on planning made everything more professional. The crew was no longer just a bunch of teens making videos. They were men who had grown their hobby into a business.
All the way until 2017 most of the videos had been simply named Real Skifi Episodes and they more or less followed the familiar structure. At this point the crew decided to break the formula. They began to produce videos with different types of names and ideas or themes. Still to this day learning and experimenting with new ways to tell stories is a major part of the game. However the core of Real Skifi has always stayed the same. All in all the crew is celebrating its 12-year-long history and still going strong.
Photo: Aapo Jämsén
Juho is a part-time pro skier and a part-time stay-at-home dad. Traditionally Juho would just be one of the skiers but lately he has broadened his role towards directing, filming and editing too. Juho has a tendency to get excited and passionate about his hobbies and projects.
Juho's history with knee issues has pretty much changed the way he looks at skiing. It has guided him on a path of technicality and creativity.
Photo: Max Steffansson
Ilkka is one the most unorthodox skiers on the planet. He can simply ski on any surface or material. If humankind had to send one man to the moon to see if you can ski there Ilkka would be the obvius choice. Him and maybe his winch operator.
During the early years of Real Skifi Ilkka would be the guy wearing those tight purple jeans. Nowadays Ilkka is a skilled surfboard builder among other things.
Photo: Kimmo Korpela
Right after Ilkka comes his couple minutes younger twin brother Verneri. He's the one you would send to a big bomb drop spot. By being small Bernie makes the spot look big and by being fearless he makes history happen. Bernie likes to go big and spin fast. Or at least he used to. Nowadays he has more or less retired from his ski career.
Probably Bernie's biggest inspiration throughout the years has always been Anastacia's song "Left Outside Alone". That song will always light a fire on him.
Photo: Kimmo Korpela
Janne is someone who sees opportunities and takes them. He has been so much more to the crew than just a filmer. Without his vision and drive Real Skifi would never have grown like it has. Behind the camera Janne is known for his glide cam maneuvers.
On his freetime Janne likes to conquer mountains, play beach volley and go mountain biking. He also thinks he's the best table tennis player of the crew.
Photo: Kimmo Korpela
Anton is a filmmaker with a vision. He never just pushes record right away. Instead he rather takes a moment to observe, think and plan. Anton can capture some of the most phenomenal tele angles and in the editing room he always has a trick or two up his sleeve.
Anton enjoys traveling and he has a background in parkour and snowboarding.