Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Second to None - Snow Polo St. Moritz

I love the game of Polo and am even more thrilled to be part of everything that has something to do with snow. We should see every new project as an advertising opportunity and in 2011, when I was  commissioned to produce the official event film it was a chance to do something different.

But yes, it's also not fair to start there. Prior to that, I slaved 7 years on that frozen lake. Filming the games and then selling it back to the players, wanted or not. Surely, it's not the most glamorous job, but we all have to start somewhere.

The 2011 Polo film turned out great, although at the time it was seen as a risky theme, talking almost exclusively about the horses and not really about the event. That film brought me so much work and companies from all over the world contacted me for all kinds of productions. The point is that every job has to be treated with the utmost care possible. You just never know where the next cool project might come from.

This year, the St. Moritz Polo was under new management and I had a small window to pitch for it. Although I only made my 2011 film on the Canon 7D photo camera and knew so little then about filmmaking, something still resonated with the client. After all these years, it was the story that came out on top, and won me the job.

Here is my latest film. SECOND TO NONE. Hope you like it.

The old Snow Polo 2011 Film

Photos by Urs Garner and Gian-Nicola Bass