The Wallisch Project
The Wallisch Project
Instead of filming with ski-movie companies this year, Tom Wallisch produced a solo film part, called "The Wallisch Project," which debuted this summer. Here he is last November filming for the project in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"I wanted to focus all of my efforts on filming into one project," Wallisch says. "This year it's a great opportunity to put together something I'm truly proud of."
Skiers (Not) Welcome
While filming for the project, the crew had a few hits trying to get a quick photo before they were told there's no skiing allowed at this cross-country ski area in Utah.
Center of Excellence
After a few tests at the University of Utah, it was game time to finally hit this quad kinked elbow handrail at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's Center of Excellence. Two years after it was put in, Wallisch was permitted to de-knob the rail.
Park City, Utah
Says Wallisch, seen here at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's Center of Excellence, "I was more involved in picking out the shots, trips, features and planning."
Pack It Up
After two days of shooting at the Center of Excellence, it was time to pack up and find the next one. Wallisch locks down his rail until the next storm.
Kyle Decker, left, worked as the director, cinematographer and editor of the project. "I've been making annual movies for the past nine years," Decker says. "Taking on this type of project is a good refresher and it's exciting to mix up the formula."
Arriving in Stockholm
While filming for "The Wallisch Project" last winter, Wallisch, along with filmers Kyle Decker and Andreas Olofsson, photographer Erik Seo and skiers Tim McChesney and Niklas Eriksson, went to Stockholm, Sweden. This was a down rail they filmed, at night with strobes, in Stockholm.
"I've filmed in Stockholm once before and had seen the endless possibilities for urban skiing that the city had to offer," says Wallisch. "It was a no-brainer for us to plan our first big trip of the year to Sweden."
Tim McChesney goes over the fence to the down rail, left, while Wallisch shovels snow into a landing, right.
After rain on six of eight days of the Stockholm trip, they were about to give up when they came upon this zone and this rail.
"There are a couple of really popular urban spots in Stockholm. Perfect metal, perfectly shaped rails and absolutely zero bust factor. It was awesome. Most of our trip was spent sliding rails like this," Wallisch says.