The making of: the V 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC film shooting in Tyrol.
Fights with snow.
Dizzy heights, icy cold and snow as far as the eye can see: around the deep abysses of Sölden, Austria, pure beauty and a breathtaking backdrop blend together seamlessly. It is the perfect setting for a tribute to the forces of nature – and also for James Bond’s latest screen adventure, “Spectre”, which is being prepared a few mountains away. Or for a film about the new V-Class BlueTEC 4MATIC which a 30-strong team from Germany and Austria are shooting here using an ARRI ALEXA.
Right on top of things.
With just two weeks to go to the planned start of the shooting, it seemed there was not going to be any snow. But when the snow did fall, everything had to be done quickly. The locations were Hochgurgl and Sölden in Tyrol. But it was not only the travelling for more than 30 crew members with all their technical equipment, from a number of German and Austrian towns, that had to be organised. The weather conditions in the Alps also posed a huge challenge for the team.
Between snow storms and sunshine.
It is in the nature of mountain roads that progress is slow around the hairpin bends – particularly if sunshine and snow storms alternate and the roads are icy in places. In the high mountains there is hardly anywhere to park. For a film crew moving back and forth between two locations it also means that the daylight phase in winter, which is short enough as it is, can be even shorter.
Only really professional film crews can cope with all these challenges.
When special effects aren’t.
Here in Tyrol, the V-Class BlueTEC 4MATIC proved that it had star qualities without any post-production editing: whilst another off-road vehicle from elsewhere – actually, by definition, built for all winds and weathers – got stuck in the snow a number of times, the V-Class BlueTEC 4MATIC sailed past as if it were on a summer motorway. This proved a delight not only for the film crew – but also for anyone who drives a V-Class with all-wheel drive in their “real life”.