Q: xczone.tv has produced dozens of skiing related DVDs, ranging from fitness
to technique to serious training and even a few feature films. What
has been keeping you busy lately?
Wow! We have 43 concurrent high definition digital film projects
that will likely be consolidated into a dozen DVDs for release in the
next year. I have put together a teaser trailer, which you can download:
released three DVDs this year including a prenatal strength exercise
video, a yoga program and the official Gatineau Loppet DVD to help skiers
pre-visualize and motivate themselves for the race.
xczone filmed hundreds of hours of skiing last year including local races, Canada Cups, World Cups and the only complete coverage of the Canadian Ski National Champion Championships on the 2010 Olympic Course. We captured children playing and more extreme stunt skiing. We have extensive footage of all the clubs in the National Capital District training. These images are going will support three new projects:
- Advanced Nordic Skiing showing the best technique and fastest skiers in the World.
- A video guide for the Nordic Skiing and Biathlon Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD); and a
- Motivational Club DVD
been working on an instructional Trail Running DVD for two years now
and it is finally post production. I hope to be able to offer it when
we are on the trails again in the spring.
are producing the digital preshows for Fortune Cinema. If you
go to the movies, people may recognize our work.
We continue to follow Ray Zahab’s adventures and produce material in support of joint causes.
One of the most exciting lines of business is MotionlabHD. Lise and I spent last winter and our summer traveling all over Canada running, skiing and biking the coolest trails with a steadicam. The result is smooth point-of-view experience for training on a treadmill or bike. Shot entirely in HD, these are highly engaging adventures. So much so the Canadian Space Agency contracted with xczone.tv for specific astronaut training programs. This is a whole series of DVDs in standard and BlueRay.
best footage will also make its way into a Film Festival compilation
of clean oxygen fed sport.
are a couple top secret projects that I will wait before revealing.
of film making, we wrote a book on skiing and have released chapters
on e-book from our web site www.xczone.com/material.htm
other big initiative this year was to expand our coaching through www.naturalfitnesslab.com
We have focused the practice
around core competencies of trail running and Nordic skiing. There are
about 300 adults of which 80 have signed up for the winter program which
includes 3 group training sessions per week. Then the lab will be holding
adult ski clinics for all levels and abilities this year. This weekend
we have an Instructor Clinic and later in January the women on Skis
clinic for Cross Country Canada.
Any racing/filming plans this season?
Yes. We are training hard and racing. I will be racing open
men at nationals. I think our children who are now competitive junior
racers have inspired us to re-engage with the racing scene. The
only problem now, as you likely know too, is that most of my competition
is half my age. It takes constant work to ski contemporarily while skiing
is evolving. Although, I do see old technique resurfacing from
time to time.
of the film work we have to do this year is pick up shots and editing
existing projects. Stuff that we are looking for this season is:
- Photos average skiers;
- Kids learning to ski, playing games and doing drills;
- Core strength exercises
- Roller ski stunts
- Free running
- Plenty of PoV skiing and snowshoeing and winter running.
- And a special skunkworks project
With the Olympics coming up will you be following any Canadian athletes
ahead of the Games? Will you be at the Games?
A. I am working at the Olympics but not in a filming capacity. There are heavy restrictions on Olympic Branding. No cameras other than CTV will be allowed on site and the athletes are not available for stories. That’s ok because I have skiing from the Olympic site that will look a lot like the Games already. If any Olympic athlete has time, we will do a promotional film for free…
You've been running community programs for years. Have seen the
numbers increase and do you think skiing and 'natural fitness' are becoming
When I came to Ottawa and discovered the Gatineau Park there were no
adventure races, trail running events or organized groups. I ran
alone most of the time. Eventually I had to organized trail and
adventure races instead of running in them. Now it is amazing. A critical
mass of runners has developed. Adventure and ultra running has taken
off. There can be as many as 80 people show up to one of our crazy trail
runs. My next project is to promote parcour, freerunning
and winter trail runs.