Blog http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:57:00 +0100 en <![CDATA["Videotrip" featuring Shay and Sandy]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2013/08/06/videotrip-featuring-shay-and-sandy Shay Lee and Sandy Boville took a month long trip this spring accompanied by our very own Jonny Durst behind the lens. They made their way across the Pacific Northwest, skiing, skating and partying the whole time.  Check out the short film above, presented by Coal Headwear.

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Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:57:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Shay Lee Shreds Montana BC]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2013/05/10/shay-lee-shreds-montana-bc Even though he possesses undeniable talent in the park and the streets, Shay Lee is most at home in the mountains. Despite keeping busy with winter travel, he was able to find some time for an escape to Montana's ultimate backcountry destination - Cooke City.

Edited by: Shay Lee

Footage Provided by: Henry Worobec, Sean Fithian, Axel Peterson, Sam Erickson

Song: Electrelane - "The Lighthouse"

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Fri, 10 May 2013 01:30:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Brock Paddock - Snake Pond]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2013/05/07/brock-paddock-snake-pond This is Brock Paddock's self-edit, compiled from footage he shot in Colorado before a mid-season concussion forced him to take it easy for a couple weeks.

Filmed by the Waffle House: Will Berman, Zak Steele, Pat Goodnough, Austin Torvinen

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Tue, 07 May 2013 16:36:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Another Stupid Keystone Edit Vol. 2]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2013/02/11/another-stupid-keystone-edit-vol-2 Shay Lee and Sandy Boville reunite in Keystone for some park laps. Filmed and Edited by Jonny Durst / Toy Soldier Productions

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Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[A Walk in the Park 2]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2013/02/04/a-walk-in-the-park-2 Jonny Durst linked up with Dash Kamp and Joe Mango to put together "A Walk in the Park Vol. 2." Check it!

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Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:07:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Shay Lee - "Act Natural" B-roll Edit]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2013/01/13/shay-lee-act-natural-b-roll-edit As one of the mainstays of our crew since its inception, Shay has proved to us year in and year out that he has a clear vision of what he wants to accomplish, as well as the skills to back it up. Throughout the season, Shay skied anything that was put in front of him. Whether it's a handrail, concrete ledge, cliff zone or backcountry booter, he made sure to get work done while bringing his own signature style to the feature. He's got a full section in our newest film, "Act Natural," but he also had plenty of leftovers.

For more from Shay, checkout "Act Natural", now available on iTunes and DVD

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Music: Sniper by the Black Angels

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Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Sandy Boville - "Act Natural" B-roll Edit]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/12/13/sandy-boville-act-natural-b-roll-edit Following a 6 minute closing segment in this years film, Sandy still had too many shots laying around to just let go to waste, so we teamed up with Moment Skis to bring you the Sandy Boville B-roll Edit. The title is arguable, as Sandy clearly slays everything in his path, but after his performance in "Act Natural", what else were we going to call it? Enjoy!

For more from Sandy, checkout "Act Natural", now available on iTunes and DVD

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Music: Put Me to Work by Papa

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Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:32:00 +0000
<![CDATA[The Skatepark Gap]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/11/12/the-skatepark-gap The stars aligned for this shoot in March of 2012. After suffering through a remarkably dry winter, a storm rolled through southwest Montana, blanketing our hometown of Bozeman, Montana in over a foot of new snow. We have been looking at this gap for years, but the skatepark is usually frozen solid when there's enough snow to set it up. We had to act fast, because we knew the snow wouldn't last long. Dash and Noah hopped on a semi-truck from Spokane while Shay and the rest of the crew worked tirelessly to remove snow from the bowl and set up the gap, which measured 50 feet from the lip of the jump to the top of the landing.

Dash and Noah arrived at a truck stop west of town and were geared up and ready to go less than an hour later. The session went off without a hitch. Our high-powered winch was able to pull the athletes across the bowl at more than 50 miles an hour. The next day, the snow was mostly melted and all that remained was a behemoth mound that served as the take off the previous night. Check out all the action in this excerpt from "Act Natural," available now on DVD and iTunes.

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Mon, 12 Nov 2012 08:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Reasons]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/11/11/reasons The reviews are in..."Act Natural" is a hit. Still not convinced? Here's more reasons to check out our award-winning film, available on DVD and iTunes.

Photos by Gill Montgomery and Ryan Kirk

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Sun, 11 Nov 2012 06:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA["Act Natural" Digital Download]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/11/06/act-natural-digital-download You asked for it and it's finally here. Our award-winning film Act Natural is now available on iTunes.  Use the link below to download in high-definition for viewing on your computer and mobile devices. 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/act-natural/id574249653

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA["Act Natural" Review]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/10/31/act-natural-review Mark Quail of SkiStarMovies.com gives an in-depth and detailed analysis of the latest offering from Toy Soldier Productions, the award-winning "Act Natural."

From SkiStarMovies.com:

Montana’s Toy Soldier Productions’ first effort Come Find Us (2010) was a low key, mellow affair that introduced the world to a crew of riders dedicated to making the most out of what they had while living in an area not noted for skiing.  Ironically, though they complained of not having as many ski features as other areas, the guys managed to find ways to train, shred and squeeze every bit of opportunity possible from their Big Sky setting and develop serious skills.  TSP’s next film, 2011’s Set Your Sights showed loads of progression in both the skiing and the film making as the tricks got more advanced and the camera work became more assured.  It was a solid sophomore effort that sent a strong signal that there was something happening with this crew.

Though these two earlier films had hints of some prodigious, yet unknown, skiing talents and were a pleasure to watch due to the director’s deft vision for the camera, nothing prepares you for the full out onslaught of shots that make up this year’s movie, Act Natural, particularly the first two segments.

Shay Lee delivers as great an opening sequence as Sean Pettit’s in Matchstick’s In Deep (2007).  Consisting of urban and backcountry shots, the sheer variety of Lee’s stomps twists your mind in incredulity.  You have to replay them again and again to fully comprehend the skill proficiency on exhibit.  He lines up 720s, misty 5s off roof tops, cab 540s, double back flips, rails on one foot – the list goes on.  Edited exquisitely to the alt-rock soundtrack from Mr. Gnome, Lee’s segment ratchets up the action and the tension right from the start and the punches keep coming right to the end.

And then, in a smart bit of programming, the vibe switches as the jazzy hip hop of Theophilus London’s “Big Spender” opens up and Brock Paddock delivers his tricks with complete mastery of form and with all the style of a real artist.  Like a 30s jazz great riffing around the melody and adding his own personal touch, Paddock glides smoothly throwing in understated flare, whether it be a crisp grab or a subtle drop of his shoulder on the afterbang.  And he brings this great style to some horrifyingly scary rails, jibbing everything on the way past.   This is a cleverly developed segment that highlights the skier’s personality without having him say a word and it’s the type of performance and filmmaking that builds legends.  Paddock’s stock is definitely going to rise as a result of Act Natural.

More so than TSP’s earlier films, director Justin Brodin has conceived of Act Natural as a real rider segment based movie. Not that there were ever weak links in the TSP crew of skiers, Act Natural has a much smaller roster than the earlier films and this provides a bigger platform for each skier to shine.  Austin Torvinen, David Steele and Luke Perin all turn in great parts.  Karl Fostvedt’s inventively aggressive hits are a stand-out especially on his smooth landings.   Finn Anderson, who seems to take a beating in his segments (here and in Set Your Sights) always comes back to astound and astonish with what he can do.  And then there are performances like Khai Krepela’s gut wrenching, high consequence rail ride two stories above the unforgiving cement of the street and Sandy Boville’s hard-charging approach, tearing everything up like a skiing version of Jack The Ripper, as he slays, hits and stomps rails, kickers and stairways.

Using two and sometimes three cameras per trick allows Justin Brodin and editor Jonny Durst to create a film that has a continuous flow of energy.  Act Natural builds and keeps a strong level of power all the way through until they finish up with a series of relaxed shots set around a custom built park of features in the backcountry, putting the viewer back down on the ground again after a monstrous ride.  Even where several of the same features appear in more than one segment, the TSP crew‘s strong repertoire of skills means that it never becomes dull – it simply highlights the different styles of each of the skiers. It should be no surprise that Act Natural took the honors for Best North American Film in the amateur category at the 2012 IF3 and that both Sandy Boville and Khai Krepela were nominated for IF3 Rookie of the Year awards for their work in this movie.

Toy Soldier Productions have got a winner on their hands with Act Natural.

By Mark “The Attorney General” Quail"

"Act Natural" is available for purchase in the Shop

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Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Finn Anderson Halloween.]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/10/31/finn-anderson-halloween Boo! 4FRNT skis just released a reedit of Finn Anderson, using shots from his segment in our award-winning film "Act Natural."  It's got a different feel from his "Act Natural" segment, which further explores Finn's own personal vision and style. Inspired by Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas," Finn wanted to release a ghoulish edit to celebrate his favorite holiday.

Take a look at the video below and have a safe & happy Halloween. Check out "Act Natural" for more from Finn and the rest of the TSP crew.  

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Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[TSP X Moment Collab]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/10/29/tsp-x-moment-collab We are proud to announce our collaboration with Moment Skis, the "TSPB&J."

We've been working with Moment throughout the summer to place a custom designed graphic on their award winning PB&J.  Designed by TSP and Moment athlete Shay Lee, the topsheet features a drawing of the pump track feature from the outro of "Act Natural."

There's only a few pairs left, so make sure to get yours before they're gone! Visit our shop to place an order. 

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Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:05:00 +0000
<![CDATA["Act Natural" World Premiere]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/09/10/act-natural-world-premiere-1 At ninety degrees with a bit of wind through the green leaves on the maples outside the Emerson Theater in Bozeman, skiing feels like something that’s cut short by an alarm clock. Walking through the front doors offers the immediate cool of people wearing flat brim caps at tables selling tickets, sweatshirts, skis and the like. Noting the brand names festooned across bright tall tees and more drab attire, the gathering crowd makes the draft coming in the door a little colder. And I can feel it—these people are here to celebrate in the way Warren Miller taught us, to suck the dry summer out of our bones and hope headlong toward snow.

Toy Soldier Productions has found possibly the most stoked home audience in skiing. In a city of only sixty thousand in a state of less than a million, the late show saw every one of the seven hundred and eleven seats filled. In place of pro sports teams, the state embraces its college ones. In place of big name film companies, locals and transplants alike come together to raise the ceiling a few inches with cheers for the guys they see at Moonlight Basin and Cooke City—the volume in Bozeman makes being onstage feel like a wind tunnel.

After the swag toss, quick raffle, the frozen TSP shirts where handed out to three stoked and shirtless dudes. On MC Shane Dowaliby’s mark, they began ripping them open and stuffing arms into the frozen sleeves with skis and a Moonlight Basin season pass on the line. Riders Sam Hurst and Noah Wallace grabbed the mic to lead possibly the highest decibel acapella version of the national anthem I’ve ever witnessed. Skiers aren’t singers, but the whole auditorium belted it out well enough to make even the most redneck amongst them proud. Graphics master Andy Hahn pushed the play button, and silence disappeared for the next forty-five minutes.

The film, Toy Soldier Productions’ third, moved away from trip based segments to focus on individuals. With locations across the western U.S., they documented a season spent jibbing the gangsterly safe streets of urban locations and making forays into the backcountry. Wooden rails and massive drops saw serious action from the whole crew. This is no soul search into the vibe of backcountry skinning. Nobody camps on a glacier. Thankfully, there’s no sunset kicker session. And if you’re looking for a stylish report from some of the best jibbing talent clicking in, it’s exactly what you’ll find.

Toy Soldier Productions will be touring throughout the North America for the next couple months. Check out www.toysoldierproductions.com for shows near you or to order the DVD.

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Mon, 10 Sep 2012 01:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Khai the New Guy]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/08/27/khai-the-new-guy Our friends at Powder caught up with Khai Krepela in this week's "New Guy" series to discuss his season, his music preferences, and his rollerblading past. Check out the full article here.

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Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:30:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Karl Fostvedt 10/11 Promo]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/08/14/karl-fostvedt-10-11-promo We just released Karl's shots from our second film "Set Your Sights." Everything was filmed during the 2010/2011 season in Montana, Utah and Wyoming.  

Look for more from Karl in our upcoming film, "Act Natural," dropping this fall. 

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Tue, 14 Aug 2012 01:31:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Host Your Own "Act Natural" Screening!]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/07/24/host-your-own-act-natural-screening While we try to make our tour schedule as extensive as possible, it's impossible for us to cover all corners of the globe. That's where you come in!

Interested in hosting your own Act Natural screening? Send an email to info@toysoldierproductions.com and we will help customize a premiere package that fits your needs. Hosting your own screening is a great fundraiser for your club or organization, as well as an awesome way to kick off the ski season!

Are you interested in helping out at one of the tour stops? Shoot us an email and we'll put you to work!

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Tue, 24 Jul 2012 06:30:00 +0100
<![CDATA["Act Natural" Official Trailer]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/07/23/act-natural-official-trailer Toy Soldier Productions spent the last few years getting to know an exciting array of skiers - those who are out there for the fun of it, the thrill of it and everything else in between.  Now it’s your turn.  The crew spent the majority of the winter traveling the country, scrounging snow in the streets and maneuvering sketchy snowpack in the mountains. At the end of it all, they emerged as a single group of friends, doing it because…well, it’s what they love to do. 

Act Natural features Shay Lee, Brock Paddock, Sandy Boville, Finn Anderson, Karl Fostvedt, Austin Torvinen, Khai Krepela, Dash Kamp, Noah Wallace, Jake Doan, David Steele, Sam Hurst, Will Berman, and Luke Perin

Shot on location in Montana, Washington, Colorado, Utah, California, Wyoming, Minnesota, Idaho and Alberta.

Supported by: Phar North, 4FRNT, ON3P, Moment, Moonlight Basin, Rime Knits and Epic Planks 

Preorder today to receive free shipping!

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Mon, 23 Jul 2012 07:30:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Beartooth Summer Session]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/06/20/beartooth-summer-session-1 The Second Annual Beartooth Summer Session is set to begin on Wednesday June 20, 2012.  The session includes 4 days of discounted lift tickets, lodging, meal plans, free 12/13 ON3P demos, a free big mountain-slopestyle competition, an after-party in Red Lodge, and guided backcountry skiing with Beartooth Mountain Guides.

In addition to the lift accessed skiing on Twin Lakes Headwall, the Beartooth Mountains provide skiing options ranging from easy boot packs to multi day tours, all year long.  Red Lodge Summer Ski Camp on Twin Lakes Headwall provides technical steep skiing, cornices, chutes, drops, rails, and jumps all accessed via two high speed poma lifts. Backcountry tours vary from 30 minute boot-packs to multi day expeditions.  Lodging is available at Westminster Spires Camp, located 10 miles from Red Lodge and 13 miles from Beartooth Pass.

Discounted lift tickets, gourmet meals, and economical accommodations are all available for purchase on ON3P Skis’ website.  A Beartooth Summer Session Pass is available and includes 3 lift tickets, 4 nights lodging, free Phar North/Beartooth Summer Session t shirt, raffle tickets for swag give-away, and a meet and greet welcoming dinner.  The Beartooth Session Pass costs $270.  A gourmet meal plan is available and includes steaks, breakfast burritos, spaghetti, fruits, veggies, and other quality food.  The meal plan is available to pre-purchase for $45.  Pre-buying the meal plan will be 35% cheaper than buying each meal individually and there is no guarantee on the amount of food that will be available to purchase on site.  Lodging is also available on a night to night basis for $35 per night.  Anyone staying in the cabins needs to bring their own bedding or sleeping bag.

The session will peak with a big mountain slopestyle competition on Saturday, June 23.  Entry is free and while supplies last, each participant will receive a free Phar North/Beartooth Summer Session t shirt.  Classes and divisions will be established closer to the day of the event.  The course will feature cornices, chutes, drops, jumps, and rails.  The Bull 'n Bear Saloon in Red Lodge is hosting the after-party on Saturday night.  Red Lodge Taxi will be available for transportation to or from town.

Over $6,500 of gear has been donated from Outdoor Technology, ON3P Ski Company, Saga, Trew, Bloom, Crash Pads, Mystery Ranch, Kink, and Phar North; including skis, jackets, backpacks, and lots of other gear.  Gear will be distributed as contest prizes, raffle ticket items, and special give aways during the session.

For more information about the event, please visit ON3P Ski Company’s website at www.on3pskis.com  or www.beartoothsummersession.com

To register for the session please visit   http://on3pskis.myshopify.com/collections/beartooth-summer-session

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Wed, 20 Jun 2012 08:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Austin Torvinen Injury Update]]> http://toysoldierproductions.com/blog/2012/06/01/austin-torvinen-injury-update So, my story starts on March 17th, 2012 known to most as St. Patty's Day. I headed over to Aspen to compete in the Kickaspen Big Air with my friends Will Berman, Matt Walker and Pat Goodnough. Fast forward to the comp, I made it to the finals and bobbled my first run so I wanted to send it on my second. On my way into the jump I was so stoked and I came in with maybe a little too much speed and popped a little too hard and ended up sending my switch 12 farrr down the landing. The whole trick felt money and I totally thought I was going to stomp. When my left foot touched the snow my knee decided to bend the wrong way inward towards my right leg, the way no knee should bend. I fell down and before I knew it Will and two med staff guys were there asking me where it hurt. I said only on the inside and after a couple breaths I decided I was fine. I got help up and when I tried to take a step on my left leg my knee folded in half again and I fell to the ground. After a nice fire-man carry down to a bench I got to watch Walker and Will take first and second. Then I hobbled down to my car and made an excruciating two hour drive back to Breck.

The next day I went to the Breck ER where they told me my ACL and MCL were both done for and I might have some miniscus damage. Ok, pimp, surgery for sure. Mom flew in to help me out and we went over to Vail to get an MRI and talk with a surgeon. There they confirmed my ACL and MCL were completely shredded along with my LCL, plus two tears in the meniscus one on each side and I tore a tendon right off of my hamstring. Four days later I had complete reconstructive surgery and a really sucky two night hospital stay. I stayed in Vail for two weeks to get my physical therapy rolling then we headed back to Breck, packed up all my things in my Jeep and my Mom drove 18 hours back to Minnesota while I sat sideways drugged up in the back seat.

Now, I'm 10 weeks out of surgery back home, just started to walk a little bit without crutches two days ago. I'm working as hard as I can to get my knee back strong again for skiing. I'll hopefully start to shred again in January or February and I cant wait! Blowing my knee really put a bummer on my season as I couldn't attend any of the TSP park shoots I had planned on our go out to Hood for the West Coast Sesh or summertime at Windells. But, being laid up for these past two months has already given me a new appreciation for skiing and even walking. You really never know how fortunate and blessed you are until you get it all taken away. I cannot wait for my knee to get stronger and to start skiing. In the meantime I've been working on my seggy for the new TSP movie coming out next fall and I'm pretty stoked on the the shots I did get out of this season. If I had advice for all my fellow skiers It'd be to be thankful for what you have,  every day is a blessing and maybe turn your DINs down by one notch. :p

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Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:30:00 +0100