On the Road With Solitaire, Part III – “That’s low enough, dude…”

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | April 22, 2011      

Nick Waggoner

(Editor’s note: Film maker Nick Waggoner will be hanging out at 5 Point film festival, 2011. He’ll present a “sneak peak” of Solitaire on Friday, April 29, 2011. Nick’s colleagues Ben Sturgulewski and Zac Ramras may show up as well. Be there.)

Before a baby is born, mom and dad never think about all the poopy diapers, kid puke, or the sleepless nights. Birthing a film is the same.

Hour 38. I’ve been awake since I don’t know when, editing through the night.

Our two-year project Solitaire is now a teen, rough and rebellious. After a year in South America, we’re now preparing for our second summer in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. All in the name of a film premiere and tour across the west this fall 2011. Like raising a child, the journey has many stories. Most of those will never make the final cut. So, in an effort to share some of our road wisdom, trials and tribulations, as well as delicious visuals from some of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges, we offer you loyal Wild Snow readers this: ON THE ROAD WITH SOLITAIRE a 12-part web series following Sweetgrass Productions’ work on Solitaire. New episodes released on the 21st of every month, so stay tuned.

Episode I

Episode II

Episode III (as presented above)

Sweetgrass homepage.


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8 Responses to “On the Road With Solitaire, Part III – “That’s low enough, dude…””

  1. Caleb Wray April 22nd, 2011 4:37 pm

    I’ve been enjoying these episodes Nick. Skiing, mountains, spaghetti western-music, you kind of can’t miss with that combo. Your poetic narrative is just the icing on the cake. Looking forward to May 21st. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lou April 22nd, 2011 5:27 pm

    I thought this one was really good. Story telling is so under-represented these days, and works so well…

    But I’m still wondering why they didn’t just use a helicopter. Am I missing something? Or is this simply a “me and Joe decide to do something crazy and barely pull it off” story? If so, great. But Nick, is your mother watching this stuff?

  3. Caleb Wray April 22nd, 2011 6:02 pm

    “But I’m still wondering why they didn’t just use a helicopter.”

    – Quote credit Lou Dawson, an American uphill ski pioneer and one of the greatest backcountry adventurers of a generation.

    I am so disappointed Lou.

  4. Lou April 22nd, 2011 6:13 pm

    LOL, I was asking why _they_ didn’t!

    Gad, that quote will probably now go viral!

  5. nick waggoneeer April 23rd, 2011 9:27 am

    Lou, helicopters have never been in our fiber. Part of that has to do with our start. Hand Cut was made in a dorm room. I don’t even think we had enough coin to
    turn a heli on. In the Cordillera they barely exist. I’m not against machines, but most of the time I feel that faster is not better. We always opt for human power, because it adds more to the experience, and that adds more to the film. But, Mr. Fourteener, I know I’m preaching to the choir!

  6. Lou April 23rd, 2011 10:19 am

    Nick, indeed! I figured that’s where you were going with this, but couldn’t help but wonder as it seemed like a pretty extreme amount of effort and risk to get those shots… but it sure makes for a good story!

  7. Rick Wheatley April 23rd, 2011 10:41 am

    I was blown away by those pictures – just beautiful. Nice job capturing everything from waving grass to kids and your prize. Amazing film. I look forward to what’s to come.

  8. Federico April 28th, 2011 1:13 am

    Great Nick! , love it!

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