I think I’d heard of The Art of Flight a while ago, but never really thought much of it. I’m not exactly the target market for snowboard films, but the footage I saw from it was incredible. So, when I saw it pop up on Netflix a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d give it a try.
Netflix had two items: The Art of Flight, and The Art of Flight: The Series. I started with The Series (which offers a behind the scenes look at the making of the film), because watching something in 25 minute increments is a little more manageable these days.
I was blown away. The scale of the production was unbelievable, and some of the footage the filmmakers were capturing was unlike anything I’d seen before.
After finishing the short TV series, I watched the 80-minute movie. Even more incredible.
The film is, essentially, snowboard porn. There’s not much in terms of structure, which is how these “documentaries” normally go, but it is interesting to see people who are the best at what they do pushing themselves to their limits.
If you’re interested in filmmaking at all, check out The Art of Flight. Also, if you can, watch The Series before hand. It’s really neat to see how the film looks after knowing everything they went through to get it done.