Alexander Rydén / Filmmaker / Gimbal Operator

This is me
A combination of
Athlete and Filmmaker

This is what I live

and breathe for

A LIFE OF ADVENTURE

Alexander Ryden, Rydén, Climbing, Kalymnos, Klättring

17 years of Climbing

43 – First Ascents between 6c and 7c+ 30 – Onsights graded 7b+ or harder 8a+ Red Point 7c+ Onsight 40 Multipitch routes


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Alexander Rydén Skiing Gimbal Operator

11 years of Filmmaking

Worked for
Ford, Red Bull, GoPro, Thule, Discovery, Visa, Peak Performance, Sunrise, Moncler, Cake, Primus, Elevenate,
J Lindeberg, Haglöfs, iZettle


Either as Director of photography or Special camera operator. On selected adventure projects: Director and Producer

30 years of skiing

I have skied in Alaska, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Sweden, France, Norway, Italy, Japan, Denmark, Chile

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In my world, there is no such thing as an impossible angle.

It’s just a matter of how far you are willing to go to get it.

This is the very mindset that has taken me worldwide on my mission to turn unthinkable footage into unbelievable content.

Adventures and adrenaline have always been a part of my life. Filming, on the other hand, hasn’t.

As a lifelong skier and climber, I’ve seen and known what true adrenaline feels like, what real danger does to your mind and what the consequences look like.


My passion lies within extracting the authenticity of true adrenaline, hazards, and outdoorsmanship.

With my personal experience, I know what will happen at any given moment. But most importantly, I know what is required to get the perfect shot.

The importance of staying in shape can’t be stressed enough in my line of work. I travel with the best athletes in the world.

It can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. If my body and mind aren’t in shape, not only will the cinematography lack in quality, but the consequences can be a lot worse than that. To cut it short: I need to push myself daily in order to feel comfortable when it really matters.

This is what I live and breathe for—a life of adventure. And I want people to know what it’s like.


I want people to feel the rush, sense the danger, and see the awesomeness in what it means to be in the most remote places in the world.

If I can achieve that, if I can inspire my viewers to turn unthinkable ideas into unbelievable and unforgettable moments, then my goal is reached.

 
Sunrise – Czar Ski Gimbal Cinematography
Thule – Adventure Production Ski Gimbal Cinematography
Ford – MJZ Ski Gimbal Cinematography
Aksel Lund Svindal Documentary, Åre Segment – Field Productions Gimbal & Drone Cinematography
The Old World Documentary, Chatel Winter Segment – Tillman Brothers Gimbal Cinematography
Silva – Whiteout Pictures Gimbal Cinematography
Disovery – Pyeongchang OS 2018 – Indio Gimbal & Drone Cinematography
VISA – Pyeongchang OS 2018 – MSL group Gimbal Cinematography
Cake – Whiteout Pictures Gimbal & Drone Cinematography
Dubbeldusch – New land Drone Cinematography
Huawei, Honnor 8 – Tarot Pictures Drone Cinematography
Mitsubishi, Eclipse – Film Art Gimbal & Drone Cinematography
Nufferton – New Land Gimbal & Drone Cinematography
Haglöfs Vassi – Whiteout Pictures Drone & Gimbal Cinematography
Goodyear – Skicross – Whiteout Pictures Drone & Gimbal Cinematography
Unibet – We Are Atlas Gimbal Cinematography
Atomic – Mattias Hargin Gimbal Cinematography
Peak Performance – Redefine 30 years Drone & Gimbal Cinematography
Peak Performance – FW16, FW18, FW19, FW21, FW22 Drone & Gimbal Cinematography
Peak Performance – SS15, SS16, SS18, SS20, SS21 Drone & Gimbal Cinematography
Volvo V90 – Made by Sweden Additional Drone Cinematography
Indutrade – Uhrner & Krantz media group Drone Cinematography
SVT – Documentary Besegra Berget Gimbal Cinematography
Svenska Turistföreningen – Whiteout Pictures Gimbal Cinematography
Telia Drone Cinematography
Hästen – Sleep to Performe Drone Cinematography
Sune i fjällen – Feature film Drone Cinematography
Goodyear Drone Cinematography
Head – Field Production Drone Cinematography
Thule – Kristofer Turdell DOP
Primus Equipment – Climbing Bohuslän Director & DOP
The Mountain Studio – Commercial DOP
Skadi – Kajsa Larsson & Malou Petterson Documentary DOP – Big Mountain Skiing
Red Bull – Jesper Tjäder, Unrailistic Invitational DOP
Red Bull – Jesper Tjäder, Unrailistic Invitational DOP
Red Bull – Kristofer Turdell Road To Verbier Documentary Series DOP
Red Bull – Kristofer Turdell Japan Standrad Time Director & DOP
Red Bull – Kristofer Turdell, Skiing Tolpagorni Director & DOP
Red Bull – Henrik Windstedt, Alaska DOP
Peak Performance – Follow Windstedt Director & Producer
Peak Performance – Perspective DOP – Skiing & Drone
Peak Performance – Spirit of Alaska DOP
Peak Performance – Resort Skier Carl Regnér DOP
Stellar Equipment – Gudie jacket Climbing Cinematography
Elevenate – Tobias Granat Director & DOP
Ledlenser – Mountainbike DOP
J Lindeberg – Skiing Canada DOP
Presten – Climbing Movie Director & Producer
Shades of Winter – Between Documentary 2nd unit DOP & Drone
Whiteout Pictures – The Game 1 and 2, Anton Thelander, Nikolai Rogatkin Director & DOP
Whiteout Pictures – Rista Director & DOP
Helly Hansen – Commercial Photographer
Skistar.com – TV Commercial 2013 & 2014 DOP
Axa Fjällmaraton – 2014-2021 Gimbal & Drone
Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships – 2012-2019, 2021 Filmer
Peak Performance Vertikal K – 2015-2017 Gimbal & Drone
Vasaloppet – Promo 2015 Gimbal
Cykel Vasan – Promo 2015 Gimbal
Toughest Gimbal
Stockholm Extreme Gimbal
Amfibiemannen Gimbal & Drone
Engadin Swimrun – TV4 Sport 2014, 2015 Gimbal & Drone
Utö Swimrun – TV4 Sport 2014, 2015 Gimbal
Biathlon World Cup – Östersund, New Century Productions, TV4 Live camera
Ö till Ö – Swedish Mountain Film, TV4 Sport, 2013, 2014, 2017 Gimbal
Åre Cross Country Open – TVåre, TV4 Sport 2013-2015 Gimbal
Red Bull Home Run – 2013 & 2014 Live camera
World Cup Weekend – Tele2, Samsung Filmer & Editor
Swedish Touring Car Championship – HD Resources, SVT Live camera
Åre Extreme Challenge – Swedish Mountain Film, TV4 Sport 2012-2015 Gimbal
Tierra Boulder Battle Live Director
Apline World Cup – Åre, New Century Productions, SVT 2012 & 2013 Live camera
La Sportiva Legends Only Photographer
Tove Lo – Talking Body Musicvideo, Universal Music Gimbal Operator
La Sportiva Legends Only – Sportsground, SVT PLAY Live Director
Tv Åre – 2012-2014 Filmer, Editor & Producer
Jon Olsson Camo Edition – Audi Promo Drone Cinematography
Bergsport – Climbing magazine Photographer
Nordic Junior Bouldering Championship Live Director

Articles

30 MILLION ORGANIC VIEWS

Produced for brands

20 million organic views

Behind the scenes of my work

Behind the scenes

The Old World Exposed

As Gimbal Operator, I was skiing and jumping with Alexa mini on the gimbal next to VINCENT TUPIN biking.

The Old World is the first dedicated European bike movie that bridges the gap between mountain biking and BMX.
Produced by Tillmanbrothers

Perspective Behind the scenes

FREESKIER Magazine
“Must Watch: Insane filming and dreamy powder in British Columbia.

This gem came to life with the most modern filming tools possible, and the result is absolutely stunning—one of the most beautiful powder edits of all time”

Henrik Windstedt
“You should have seen the amount of gear that we brought up the mountain, felt like were making Interstellar 2.

Most of it isn’t made for this type of environment either. Really impressive that it works. The reward when you see the final edit makes it all worth the effort though. Fun working with these creative guys using McGuiver solutions that is totally out of the box.”

Sometimes I mount the gimbal on a long pole That way I can get closer to the athletes.

Red Bull
“Visually unique edit is the outcome of their trip and the team worked hard on making sure that the images would stand out from the crowd and feel innovative.

The result is truly awesome and really makes you want to get out there and ski. Right now”

Behind Follow Windstedt

See how Alexander Ryden filmed pro skier Henrik Windstedt in Canada BC.

Follow Windstedt is a unique edit in the sense that all shots are done with a moving camera. It’s featuring Henrik Windstedt skiing fresh powder in amazing terrains in BC, Canada. Skiing powder and jumping off cliffs with the gimbal.

In every sequence, the skilled filmer Alexander Rydén is skiing next to Henrik with a handheld camera which gives the viewer a feeling of being close to the rider, close to nature, and close to how it is to experience great skiing.

Henrik Windstedt

“Behind the idea was the drive we have of pushing followcam filming further. It’s quite a different style of shooting since you’re not only focusing on your own performance, you also need to plan the runs together in a whole different way.

With the snow flying everywhere and the tight lines that come with tree skiing, it was a much harder project than I had imagined. One of the hardest parts was to get long runs and being close to each other the whole time, it´s also quite tough with the cold temperatures all the snow when you’re using so much electronics like cameras and gimbals. The best part was that we actually got to ski a lot during the shoot, and as Alexander is both a fast and technical skier we managed to get some sick shots. Great snow, amazing terrains, long run, and great teamwork made this one of the best shoots I’ve done in many years.”

Alexander Rydén

“Timing each other has been one of the most challenging things, sometimes we needed to have close to perfect timing, not easy while for example jumping cliffs.

Skiing two people at the same time, in deep snow, makes room for many potential errors, spraying snow in each other’s faces makes it tricky to see obstacles like branches, etc. And we were of course always aware of the avalanche risks, especially as we were skiing two at the same time, all the time. Great teamwork is for sure the key to making an edit like this. I have been filming with Henrik in various projects around the world for the last four years and we both felt that we wanted to do something new, something different. The idea came up two years ago and after lots of planning the project became reality last winter. I’m thankful for all the trust Henrik has given me, and for the support, we got from all our partners who believed in our idea. I’m now looking forward to new challenging projects.”

The film Follow Windstedt has been touring with International Freeski Festival, Untracked Film Tour, and Peak Performance showed it during the Freeride World Tour event.

How to film skiing, While skiing

Skiing Gimbal Operator

Here is how I film skiing while skiing
We drop in and I start followcaming.

I ski alongside the other athlete, while I’m filming.

I do this from various angles.
Sometimes I’m close.
Sometimes I’m far away.
Sometimes I hit jumps.
It all depends on what kind of shot I want to get.

I use different kinds of cameras, depending on the production.
All from GoPro to 100.000 euro Cinema-Cameras

I have used 26 different gimbals for the last 8 years.

I’m always looking for a new way to capture skiing.

Sometimes I mount the gimbal on a long pole That way I can get closer to the athletes.

The hardest part of my work is that some of them I’m filming is the best skiers in the world. Some people say it’s dangerous to ski with a camera at 80 km/h.

But I skied all my life.
At this point, it’s basically like walking to me.
Which is great, then I can focus on getting the shot I want.