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The Shadow Campaign IV from DPS Skis

Now in its fourth season, The Shadow Campaign follows DPS athletes and their journeys across the globe in stunning cinematic glory.

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The Shadow Campaign from DPS Skis is a video series we enthusiastically look forward to every year. This autumn is no different, and the fourth iteration of the series chronicles trips to Kyrgyzstan, Japan, and Alaska. You can find each episode of the fourth season below.

DPS Cinematic’s The Shadow Campaign: “Song for the Nomad”

Kyrgyzstan’s capital city, Bishkek, is a modern whirlwind of sight and sound. But in a concert hall in the heart of the city, the keys of a lone piano carry out of the chaos and into the timeless Celestial Mountains beyond. Into a landscape of horsemen and shamans, and young souls brought to life in the heart of nature. A tale of two worlds, together they play a song for the nomad– a requiem for a time gone by.

Tucked into the jumble of countries between Russia and India is a country covered by massive mountains. Kyrgyzstan isn’t high on many American bucket lists of places to ski, but it should be. Starring Stephan Drake, Drew Petersen, and Piers Solomon, travel from the markets of Bishkek to the slopes near Karakol in this beautiful cinematic experience. Pro-tip: Turn up the sound!

Shot on location in Kyrgyzstan. You can read the full film credits here.

DPS Cinematic’s The Shadow Campaign: “Apex Predators of the Northern Deep”

A tranquil day of ice fishing goes suddenly awry when natural selection rears its ferocious head. Something lurks in the depths of the great lonesome mountains of the North – a land where if you are not the predator, you WILL be the prey. But four skiers will not go down without a fight.

The vastness that is Alaska is inhabited by a large amount of wildlife, especially the heli-assisted professional skiers that frequent the steep sides of mountains every spring. Featuring the talents of Zack Barrett, Zack Giffin, Santiago Guzman, and Piers Solomon, this Animal Planet-esque short features more than just human animals, including a ferocious wolverine.

Shot on location in Haines, Alaska. Full film credits here. 

DPS Cinematic’s The Shadow Campaign: “The Time Within”

As a light snow begins to fall on the bustling Tokyo outside his family shop, The Timekeeper delicately assembles his masterwork. In precision clockwork, the mystery lies in the finest details – and the master knows that in a single second of perfect and beautiful synchronicity, there lives an eternity.

We’ve never seen skiing on film quite like this before: incredibly clear video in stunning slow motion. That’s because portions of this film were created using a Phantom VEO 640s at 1600 frames per second, which, for those who don’t know, is a technical name for a fancy camera that apparently makes pretty beautiful imagery. The Time Within, as well as The Space Within (below), are both Official Selections for the 2017 Banff Film Festival, a true testament to the amount of work DPS Cinematic puts into these awesome films.

DPS Cinematic’s The Shadow Campaign: “The Space Within”

Exploring the tidepools of a deserted tropical beach, a young boy finds a mysterious treasure washed upon the rocks. ‘The Space Within’ whispers of another world, holding magic unlike anything he has seen before.

“I’ve been a fan of Ben Sturgulewski’s work and The Shadow Campaign for many years, it was an honor to work with him on one of the films this year,” said Frank Pickell, lead director of this first episode with Futuristic Films. “Even though Ben and I worked side-by-side while shooting in Japan, I created a completely separate film with the goal of dovetailing my own style with the soulful body of work that makes up the first three volumes of The Shadow Campaign. The entire process has been a really fun collaboration and I’m excited with the results.”

Shot on location in Kiroro and Naeba, Japan. Text and quotes courtesy of DPS Skis. Full credits here.

DPS Cinematic’s The Shadow Campaign: Volume IV Trailer

(On a side note, we were recently updated by the company that they will be releasing a new ski lubrication technology that might forever replace ski wax. It only needs to be applied once, and it will last for the lifetime of the ski. DPS and SKI magazine will be releasing more info as details arrive, and definitely look out for more on this crazy new technology by November, 2017).

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