Still Life: Absinthe's 'Dopamine'
Absinthe Films presents "Dopamine"
Few film companies can claim to have anything like Absinthe's devoted followers. The new film, "Dopamine," released this week on iTunes proves why. If you can recover from the teaser, download the full deal in HD now. In the meantime, check out some photos from the season of filming. Pictured here: Jason Robinson, front five in Haines, Alaska.
Absinthe mastermind Justin Hostynek works with precision when it comes to planning and deciding on which angles to use for each shot. His years of experience translate into a quick, no-nonsense setup that riders appreciate.
Frenchman Mathieu Crepel seems like a perfect addition to the Absinthe crew: well-rounded, mellow, but full of surprises. Here he's shot by Jerome Tanon, also French, who has been shooting on film exclusively since 2009. Feel the analog soul of snowboarding!
Victor de Le Rue
Yeah, yeah, Victor is big mountain legend Xavier de Le Rue's little brother -- but he is on his own path in snowboarding. Seriously.
Crepel, de Le Rue
Frenchmen Victor De Le Rue and Mathieu Crepel scope out a line that was ultimately un-rideable due to rapidly changing snow conditions. You can't win them all.
Manuel Diaz pops high on a hip in a private access sled zone. The crew spent a good amount of time exploring new zones aroundthe interior of British Columbia. This particular stormy day had us mostly sledding around, exploring and not shredding so much.
Absinthe rider Manuel Diaz after a hard -- or maybe not-so-hard -- day in the mountains. He hails from Chile and holds it down hard with speedy freestyle in natural terrain.
The hype forming around Jason Robinson is real. Check the tweak and then check some of his lines in "Dopamine" and it all starts to make sense.
Eagle Pass Heliskiing's Scott Newsome points pilot Aaron Johnson towards a feature that will become one of Jason Robinson's finest shots in the film when he barrels himself under a mountain of sloughing snow and emerges like a rocket out the other side.
Not every Absinthe day is filled with hammers and heli shots. Sometimes they just have fun, too. Blair Habenicht mini QP air over Brian Schaefer, Filmer Eric Brandt and a local homie. Wait a second... Where's your 16mm, Eric?
The remaining AK crew gathered in the Fort Seward lodge deliberating and forming a plan of attack for what was to be the final heli day in Haines. Late season storms had hammered snow up high even leaving a foot in town. The mood was frothy but the conditions in the mountains were delicate.
Jason Robinson charges into a chute during the filming of "Dopamine" at Eagle Pass Heliskiing in Revelstoke, Canada.
Deep out the backside of the AK Heli tenure is a little bowl nestled high above a hanging glacier. It's a go-to spot for Absinthe. No names here, but it was scene for a session of hammers this past spring. Here Mathieu Crepel is on a tear during one of his six runs that day.
Crepel, de Le Rue
Two boys from The Pyrenees, Mathieu Crepel and Victor de Le Rue, look right at home on the skids of this AK chopper. They look even more at home once it drops them off in one of Absinthe's pleasure zones like "Disneyland" or "Mi Amor."