Who’s ready for some serious Sierra backcountry stoke?!
Thrilled to announce WARP WAVE’S new full-length feature ’AURORA BOARDEALIS’ premieres this Thursday, Oct 27th in Lake Tahoe and soon after online.
If you’re not hip to Warp Wave, they are a rider crew out of Lake Tahoe known for their dreamy throwback style pow edits.
Founded in 2012 by Gray Thompson and Eric Messier, Warp Wave has been making movies for five winters and are about to drop their finest work yet with ’Aurora Boardealis’.
Shot 90% on splitboards in the Sierra, the new movie features high grade freeriding by the likes of Taylor Carlton, Nick Russell, Wyatt Stasinos, Jeremy Jones, Gray, Eric and crew in the best conditions the Sierra has seen in years. This motivated crew put in serious work last winter and no doubt it shines through. You can expect fully flared fantasy pow shredding start to finish.
We caught up with Warp Wave’s Filmer, Shredder, Mastermind Gray Thompson to share some background on Warp Wave and the new movie ahead of the premiere. Take it away Gray...
Warp Wave was founded in 2012 by Eric Messier and I. We had filmed for other production companies and bigger movies and wanted to change it up. The goal was to tell a different story, a story that focused less on the glory banger shots and more on how we saw the mountain and everything we came across on our boards.
We started out producing web series and got more focused on making a full length movie after that first year. This winter was a big step up for us as we had filmer Sam Tuor shooting with us all season. Having a dedicated filmer was huge. It allowed all of us to fully commit to the project. I was coming off an injury as well so I pretty much shot all winter too. Between Sam and I it was perfect to split up the crew and shoot two zones at once. We got a lot done.
The movie is 90% Sierra footage. We did one strike mission to Utah and one to Nevada, but otherwise it is all shot in the Tahoe Basin and the Eastern Sierra. It was just so good in the Sierra we didn’t have to leave.
Pretty insane to be able to shoot a whole movie in one range, definitely has it’s benefits. You get into the groove of your own backyard and learn the snowpack really well so it’s way easier to feel good about exploring new zones.
We shot most everything on splitboards this year. Splits are by far the easiest way to travel in the mountains and everyone in the crew is super into splitting. We used sleds to access a few deep zones, but even then we were splitting from the sled. I was on a splitboard more days last winter than any other winter in my life. It was awesome.
The movie is definitely a freerider’s movie. It’s all freeriding with only like ten resort shots from Mammoth Super Park and one urban shot. Pretty proud of how many great days in the backcountry we captured. It’s definitely something different from most other movies out there.
The other cool thing about the movie is how our crew came together so perfectly and worked so hard to get these shots. We are all really tight. We’d be riding together daily even if we weren’t shooting. That really translates in the movie. You can tell this is a group of friends having the time of their lives.
- Gray Thompson