Ten and Two
Brothers and founders of Stept Productions, Alex and Nick Martini, have moved from the East Coast to Boulder, Colorado, to Manhattan Beach, California, in the pursuit of turning Stept from a passion project into a legitimate business. It looks like that wish is finally becoming a reality as the company lines up more production jobs by the day. ESPN caught up with Nick while he was editing Stept's new movie "Ten and Two" to have him tell us more about the road Stept has traveled from its humble beginnings to today.
This year is our first film that's been narrated. We're taking one story and juxtaposing it to our lives and adventures from this winter. It's way different than our films have done in the past.
It's insane and quite the transition to turn Stept from a side project into a full-time job. A lot of us are still involved in the ski industry on the athlete side. Cam [Riley] is still featured is several films a year. He's just hitting his peak. I'm still skiing a bunch and will be this winter. It's been a juggle between having an athlete career and running a legitimate business. It gets more serious now as we're not just doing the ski movie. It's a crazy balance, but we're dedicated and love filmmaking so that makes it easier.
Shea [Flynn] and Cam [Riley] both had solid years for this film. They lived up to what they always do and pushed the limit of skiing. I guess that's expected at this point.
A breakout skier in this year's film would be Charlie Owens. He's had on and off injuries. He'd film for a month then get injured. This year he almost had a full winter. He has a super solid part in the movie and I know he's stoked.
When we're not skiing, spending time filmmaking can be a pretty fun ride.
I like that we have a lot of freedom to do what we want and express our creative ideas through our product. If you're compiling a spreadsheet or doing some of the social media stuff our buddies do, you don't really get an open pallet.
It's good to be able to ask, "What story do we want to tell?" and, "How do we want to tell it?"
Every year the feel of our content changes. We're trying to experiment and try new things every time we go out and shoot.
We're learning a lot as we go. Some of the filmmaking techniques we use now we didn't even know about three to four years ago.
My brother and I own Stept. Cam is our right hand man. He's one of our main directors of photography and editors. Isaac Sokol has been with us for three years now. He started with us in Boulder and he's in LA with us now. He's the operations manager and the jack-of-all-trades.
I think people have a vision of snowsports media brands being competitive and on their own program. We're taking pride in working with everybody. We want to collaborate with people. We've worked with Poor Boyz and TGR and it's always a blast.
For the first time in a long time I'm looking forward to seeing the Poor Boyz film. It's their 20 year anniversary film. They've had athletes come in super hard this year...what Pep [Fujas] did this year is insane. Tanner [Hall] has some of the best stuff of anyone this year. They're with their original crew, the Poor Boyz guys, and Johnny [Decesare, Poor Boyz founder] is more involved with the movie this year. That film is going to be pretty cool to watch.
Sherpas isn't making a movie. Sweetgrass isn't making a movie. Field isn't making a movie. Those are my dudes. I love watching their films. This is the year we'll hopefully see something new from someone unexpected.