The Art of Flight has been a hit with snowboarding and extreme sports enthusiasts since it’s release in 2011. However a reboot of the documentary in 3D could see it hit the big time.
Made over two years for the paltry sum of $2 million the documentary follows a group of snowboarders lead by the iconic Travis Rice on their globe-trotting mission to bring snowboarding to new heights.
In their quest to find the most extreme un-skied slopes the group of nutters battle avalanches, personal injury and a whole slew of dramatic hurdles to jump. Travis handpicks the very best from the world of snowboarding John Jackson, Mark Landvik, Scotty Lago, Nicolas Müller, DCP, Mark McMorris, Jake Blauvelt, Pat Moore and Jeremy Jones.
3D suits it so well simply because there’s no narrative, plot or character development to get distracted with, just exhilarating extreme downhill snow boarding and ridiculously high jumps. The action is mixed with adventure, and that’s about all there is too it. It’s a heart-racing downhill experience, which is magnified by the 3D effect.
Sport action cinema is one of the genres that can fully utilise 3D technology to the very highest level and some ways that’s the real story of how this film breaks new ground. The internet is full of extreme sports filmed from the point of view of the protagonist and as technology equips these devices with higher and higher definition the future of the sport action documentary could very soon cover team sports.
Imagine when tuning in to watch your favourite football team and you were given the choice of from which players perspective you would like to experience the game. The future is to bring the audience right into the action. The Art of Flight 3D is a milestone on this projection.