Like any art form, ski films are subjective. While some prefer a classic TGR blockbuster, others are gravitated to the works of Perron and Casabon. Both have their place, and one isn’t better than the other; they’re just different. Creative flair finds itself in many forms, and everyone is entitled to their own taste. And yet there are certain paintings, photos, or in this case, documentations, that the vast majority agree are down right phenomenal. Camera man and editor of “The Big Picture”, Sean Logan’s work seems to often fall into this category. No matter how unique the style is, the overall feel of a great ski film remains the same. It reaches deep into your mind, combing through memories of inspirational moments and lighting up aspirations of Candide Thorax at Chad’s Gap sized proportions. None of this is by accident, and each artist that achieves these responses has spent an eternity honing in their craft so they can accurately project their mental creation. Sean Logan is a master of these achievements, and the three short films that comprise “The Big Picture” are visual proof.
Here, the culmination of filming, editing, and skiing brilliance, mashed together pays off to give a beautifully portrayed vision of what skiing has to offer. The ski-absolutely-anything plank wizards known as Parker White, alias Slat Rat, alter ego jetskiwhite, and Chris Logan AKA dahrkgram absorb the majority of camera time throughout the three short flicks, with talented friends in tow. This collection is one of the cleanest pieces of skiing cinema ever produced. Unsurprisingly, it could be semi-compared in feel to Parker’s newest flick, “Nothing”. The collaboration with renowned Level 1 veteran Freedle Coty was one of the years best films, and gives hints of the same nostalgic, surreal feelings generated in “The Big Picture”.
If you haven’t seen these heaters, buckle the f*ck up, because there’s three baddies in this collection, each more mind boggling than the last. “Move 1” brings you through the snow filled, high rollin’ lands of Montana and British Columbia.
“Move 2” allows the boys to show why they really are regarded as such all-around masters of the craft, graciously gliding through the Mammoth Unbound Park, and then returning to the great white north for some more sweet, sweet pillow talk.
The project culmination arrives in the form of The Big Picture Movie, “Lite Years”. One of the films biggest out-spoken fans, Morgan Freeman, even offered to narrate the opening! (Not actually, that’s a pretty damn good impression).
All three are Vimeo Staff Picks, and for good reason. Each stands heartily on its own, laying down incredible riding and segments that will blow your unwashed ski socks clean off. But when put together, they are the Megazord triumvirate of ski films. What really blows these ahead of the competition however, is not only the skiing, but the insane detail in how it’s all captured. Sean Logan’s editing and filming lay out why he is truly one of the most creative, inspirational, and clean cut stylistic filmers in the league. Please check out the whole Big Picture Vimeo, because there’s plenty of more where these three came from. But for now, dim those lights, turn up the speakers, and smash the play button. Enjoy some of the finest visual art that skiing has to offer.