Behind the Lens – A Look at Pro Skier Nick Martini’s Video Work

nickathood1Nick Martini grew up in Winchester, MA, and began skiing at Cannon Mountain NH. Since then he has risen in the ranks to pro skier travelling around the world greasing rails and throwing huge airs for the masses to ponder.  He suffered a nasty ACL injury in 2010 and spent the last months recovering for the 2011 season.  In Nick’s down time between classes at University of Colorado Boulder and dodging gapers he and brother Alex have been producing some sick videos under the guise of Stept Productions.  Nick has been generous enough to let beatofmystrut showcase a bit of his work.  To see more of their work visit http://www.steptproductions.com

BOMS caught up with Nick Martini after the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour (aka The Nike 6.0 Open) this past week in Breckenridge, Colorado for a quick Q & A –

BOMS: Did you have any formal training with a video camera/still camera or editing equipment or are you self-taught?

NM:  I was completely self-taught for all my DSLR use.

BOMS: Can’t live without piece of gear for video creation?

NM: A good tripod makes the world of difference. So I think that’s something I can’t live without.

BOMS: Piece of gear you would love to have?

NM: I would love have a set of Zeiss primes with EOS mounts

BOMS: What are you working on project wise for your next video?

NM: Stept Productions will be making another movie that I will be helping direct. I’m stoked for that.

BOMS: What is your favorite ski movie?

NM: Happy Dayz by Poor Boy Productions is my favorite ski movie, shot all in 16mm film, it’s awesome.

BOMS: I notice your musical tastes are all over the place from Biggie to Bon Iver.  What’s a must have album or artist for a future video soundtrack?

NM: You’ll know why I like it whenever I drop my next edit, my music taste is always changing.

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BOMS thoughts on Franconia Weekend – This is an intimate look at an obvious place that holds Martini’s heart.  Loving the Nike Hi-top’s into the 180 to natty rock water slide.  Plus, the lighting in the second half is superb.

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BOMS thoughts on A Day at the Lanes – Motion and depth of field play partner to some simple human emotion.  Martini has an eye for what is interesting in this expertly edited expression of video.

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BOMS thoughts on The Breck Edit – we couldn’t pass up a bit of skiing so the Breck edit seems to express well the new era of skiing’s pure joy.  The opening in the trees is classic Breckenridge and adds a touch of local flair.  Peak 8’s Freeway park is notorious for being perhaps the best in the country – it’s massive hits and tasty rails shine as these cats throw down as smooth as Biggie delivers.

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