We had the distinct pleasure of helping shoot three profiles for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
In July 2017, the Tributaries crew travelled to Europe for a non-stop week of production. We were happy to help NBC in directing the photography for three shoots. Above, Why Tina Weirather is sports royalty in Liechtensteinis a piece we shot in the mountains of Liechtenstein with Tina’s beautiful, custom built Harley.
Director RC Cone finds it “humbling” that someone like Rhea Scott pays attention to him. Scott, who has a track record of building directorial careers, is at the helm of production house Little Minx. She brought Cone into the company fold, drawn to his work, most notably The Accord, a documentary-style short about surfers in Iceland who brave the North Atlantic wind—personified by Cone as a temperamental drunk—to find good waves. Their relentless battle against the elements pays off when the wind cooperates and they find the perfect waves, captured by epic drone footage shot by Cone himself.
“Your protagonists are a pair of surfers. Your set pieces are the rocks, waves, and raw nature of Iceland. And your antagonist is visceral yet unseen – the unpredictable and relentless North Atlantic Wind. So what can a filmmaker do when he cannot control, much less visually capture a tempermental star? The filmmaker truly breaks new ground in creative achievement. He gets the wind drunk.”
Our heads are still spinning with The Accord winning this award! We never thought such a small, passion project type film could make it into Banff, let alone win an award. We’d like to sincerely thank the jury and staff at Banff and everyone who’s supported this film along the way. Thank you!
Last time we checked in, The Accord was about to world premiere at Telluride MountainFilm.
Fast-forward through a crazy 6 months and here we are. It’s truly a dream come true – this is something we’ve wanted to say for a long time, our film is an Official Selection of Banff Mountain Film Festival. Director RC Cone is headed there in a couple short weeks, so if you’re around – please say hello!
Secondly, we never thought The Accord would go this far! We’ve been lucky enough to win multiple awards for the short film, including:
Best Short – Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
Best Short – Paris Surf & Skateboard Film Festival
Best Cinematography – Berlin Surf Film Festival
Best Cinematography – Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
Best Soundtrack – Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
We are humbled, we never thought a silly, fun film like The Accord could get this kind of attention. We’d like to thank everyone for including us in their programs for 2016.
Development, working with sponsors and what’s next in this interview with Tributaries’ director.
The initial idea came from your friend and surf photographer Elli Thor Magnusson’s desire to make a movie about Icelandic surfers. How did you turn his writings about surfing in Iceland into a workable script? We did that together. During the month of production in November, there were many, many down days where the surf wasn’t happening. Over beers and plenty of coffee, we hashed out Elli’s concept of the wind as a character. What worked, what didn’t. From there, I helped bring some of Elli’s ideas about Icelandic surfers to the screen – luckily he’s an amazing still photographer, so once we were past the conceptual pieces the practical visuals came easy to us.