As part of Channel 4’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games, Boomerang was commissioned to produce 6 x 90” short films that would introduce viewers to Paralympic winter sports, some of the stars and medal hopefuls.
Shot on location in the stunning Austrian Alps these films give a glimpse into the exhilarating world of snow sports and a chance to meet the athletes whose life mission is to win a medal at the Winter Paralympic Games.
What does the speed of sledge hockey feel like, the thrill of downhill skiing or the fear of hurtling yourself down at the slopes at 70mph when you are visually impaired? Using both Red Epic and GoPro3+ cameras, we mix high-speed action with lyrical movie-like images, helping the viewer to feel every slice and turn the athletes make on the snow. Many of the action shots were shot at 300FPS so the viewer can see in super slow motion as the skis slice through the crisp snow, to feel the juddering impact of a collision on the ice as the puck spins in slow-motion before its smacked into the back of the net and the mono-ski as it sprays the camera with snow, one tiny snowdrop at a time.
The films feature a mix of GB and European athletes, all with a chance of winning a medal in Sochi. We meet GB’s visually Impaired skier Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans, former Army Sergeant Mick Brennan and Ben Sneesby who both compete in the sit-ski category, German standing skier Andrea Rothfuss, plus the Norwegian Ice Sledge Hockey team whose fast-hitting sport involves heavy-weight collisions on the ice.
The films uncover the physical, emotional and technical tests faced by the athletes in their chosen sport and gets to the heart of the passion that is driving these athletes to succeed.
Director: Stewart Sugg
Producer: Stacey Burns