Director Clemens Purner and production house The Distillery talk about making JOB In Space and the philosophy behind the first in the freeski film series....
Tell us about the Junkies On A Budget ethos…
The Distillery: It’s action sports movies from a completely new angle. JOB is a brand-new approach to creating freeski movies by challenging the traditions of action sports film-making. The purpose is to root out Europe‘s five most talented filmmakers and give them a once in a lifetime opportunity to make their wildest visions come alive. Our job is to implement these five visionary ideas into a next-level movie experience complete with a compelling plot, innovative filming and editing techniques… And banger action shots!
What can we expect from the first film in the series, JOB In Space?
Clemens Purner: JOB In Space is a ski film like you’ve never seen before. I’m from Innsbruck and, of course, I do ski myself but only in the very classic way. I had absolutely no idea about the world of freeskiing whatsoever and, without revealing too much, this is what you are going to see: The world of freeskiing through the eyes of someone who sees this world for the first time...
Will there be any sci-fi movie homages hidden in the movie? The rocket ship’s cockpit bears similarities to the Millennium Falcon, was this intentional?
Clemens Purner: There was no intention to make that cockpit look like the Millennium Falcon's. I am a huge admirer of the old Star Wars movies though - I think that the first part [Episode IV: A New Hope] was actually the first film I ever saw. Of course, we had some reference cockpits when we were designing our rocket, including the best-looking and most-charming spaceship in history - the Millennium Falcon. There are absolutely sci-fi homages hidden in the film, viewers in the know will definitely spot them.
Clemens, your background is in short films and commercials, did your previous work have any influence on the JOB project?
Clemens Purner: I'm very sure that everything I ever did had an influence on this project. Everything you do builds on everything else. So, from now on, JOB In Space will always also have its part in everything to come.
Were there any challenges filming the action?
Clemens Purner: Besides the whole thing being one big challenge itself - shooting at the glacier is always a very demanding thing to do - finding a story that could combine five completely different ski films was the big challenge.
What athletes can we expect to make an appearance in the first film?
Clemens Purner: Gus Kenworthy, Russ Henshaw, Bene Mayr, Phil Meier, Roman Rohrmoser, Teddy Berr, Lolo Favre, Roy Kittler, Niklas Eriksson, Nico Zacek, Markus Eder, Kevin Rolland, Tom Wallisch, Thomas Dolplads, Jesper Tjäder, Tobi Tritscher, Adam Falk, and many more...
JOB promises to not only deliver amazing freeskiing action but also a narrative thread – something quite rare for films of this kind – how did you go about deciding on the story?
Clemens Purner: I honestly can’t remember how it happened. I always wanted to do a sci-fi film, that's for sure. In the back of my head, I was carrying this idea around for quite some time, waiting for the right moment to release it I guess.
What can we expect from the rest of the series?
The Distillery: We are really happy that with Clemens we found such a creative mind who made this first JOB Movie a great experience for everyone involved. With JOB, our goal is to find more people like him, people with ideas and the passion to realize them. In fall/winter 2012, we’ll be inviting creative minds from all over Europe to submit a three-minute application clip to the JOB online platform. Everyone can apply and an international jury of experts will then choose five lucky entrants to award a sizeable budget to and enable them to make their cinematic dreams come true. We're very curious about who will join us for the next journey of JOB.
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