Sherpas Cinema to release new film project starring Banff National Park ski legends

Sherpas Cinema to release new film project starring Banff National Park ski legends

This fall, Sherpas Cinema will release a four part mini-series titled Sculpted in Time. The series, captured in just thirty days of filming throughout Banff National Park, will feature unique perspectives on Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort, Sunshine Village, and the extreme backcountry terrain surrounding Banff National Park. The first episode, The Wise Man drops on September 29. Be sure to tune back into freeskier.com for the first episode of the series. For more info on the entire series, see the press release below.

Press Release, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine:

Banff, Alberta: Acclaimed cinema production house Sherpas Cinema, recognized for award-winning ski reels ‘Into the Mind’ and ‘All.I.Can’, has created four dramatic short films capturing the deep spirit of skiing straight from the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The series, entitled ‘Sculpted in Time’ reveals a new dimension to the significance of ski culture in Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada – depicted in spectacular high-definition footage. Launching today, the trailer for the series can be viewed online at SkiBanffNationalPark.com, with each of the four films set to release in sequence weekly from September 29.

‘Sculpted in Time’ is a compelling portrayal of unique stories shot in documentary form and edited in Sherpas Cinema’s renowned storytelling style. Featuring extreme slow motion, long term time lapse, a pensive score and emotive narrative throughout, the series focuses on the personal transformations of local ski legends – each with character as strong as the mountain landscape of Banff National Park. Shot on location during 30 rigorous days of filming across the park’s three ski areas, the series presents stimulating perspectives on Mt. Norquay [‘The Wise Man’], Lake Louise Ski Resort [‘The Character’], Sunshine Village [‘The Artist’], plus a deep dive into its backcountry terrain [‘The Innovator’].

Artistically written and infused with signature Sherpas aesthetics, the four films deliver jaw-dropping visuals and non-stop cinematic wonder, often from well above some of the most alluring mountain peaks in the Canadian Rockies. The entire series, at approximately twenty minutes in total length, was constructed and edited from over seven Terabytes of raw Sherpas Cinema footage. Viewers are guaranteed to be left inspired by this unprecedented expose of skiing in Banff National Park.

The homegrown appeal of the Sherpas team made the studio a natural choice as filmmaker to capture the essence of the intimate stories behind a landscape where nature rules. The film crew, with deep personal connections to the area provided exactly the right touch for an authentic ‘Made in Canada’ perspective on skiing in Canada’s first National Park.

“To have the opportunity to complete a project like this in the Canadian Rockies was a dream come true for us”, says Malcolm Sangster, Sherpas Cinema. “The Sherpas founders, including myself, Dave Mossop and Eric Crosland, all grew up together in Calgary and it was these very hills where we cut our teeth – both as skiers and filmmakers. The peaks of Banff National Park have truly had an everlasting positive impact on our personal lives and careers, their beauty and grandeur instills a sense of awe, humbleness and respect in everyone that lays eyes on them.”

Pete Woods, General Manager, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine adds: “Banff and Lake Louise have such a rich and
intriguing mountain heritage. We are incredibly excited to uncover the many layers of our ski experience and culture – all through the power of film. To be able to share these stories with the world and work with Sherpas Cinema has truly been a privilege.”

Follow the ‘Sculpted in Time’ four-part film series at: SkiBanffNationalPark.com. #SculptedinTime #MyBanff

The Wise Man Launch date – September 29.

The Wise Man is the emotive story of Eddie Hunter’s personal connection with Banff National Park and Mt. Norquay, a mountain he has called home his entire life. Born in 1926, the same year Mt. Norquay was established, Eddie has been skiing Banff’s first ski resort for over 80 years. Eddie escorts the viewer through Norquay’s past and present, sharing the impact the mountains have had in his life and which he proudly passes onto his children. Start Your Story. Norquay.com

The Character: Launch date – October 6.

The Character enables the viewer to examine how your surroundings can shape character. Talented local skier Eric Hjorleifson guides us through the dramatic landscapes of Lake Louise, and recounts how meeting different people on varying aspects of his mountain shaped his own character, while nurturing a humble attitude. Throughout ‘The Character’, Lake Louise is depicted through a splendid mix of vintage photography and amazing high-definition aerials. Create Your Legacy. SkiLouise.com

The Artist: Launch date – October 13.

The Artist exposes the incredible energy of the Canadian Rockies and how the color, light, and texture of the mountains around Sunshine Village inspire skiers and artists alike. The viewer meets local visual artist Dan Hudson as he ruminates on the very mountains that define his lifestyle, and inspire his artistic expression. The film tracks Hudson as he shoots skiers and snowboarders on the mountain and onward into his studio as nature becomes muse and inspiration flows both ways to and from the canvas. Carve Your Inspiration. SkiBanff.com.

The Innovator: Launch date – October 20.

The Innovator escorts the viewer through the stunning backcountry of Banff National Park to experience stepping into the unknown – told from the point of view of local Paralympian Christian Bagg. Skiers Chris Rubens and Eric Hjorleifson join Christian on his journey to overcome his challenges and achieve his dream of Nordic skiing in the backcountry. ‘The Innovator’ shows how adventure can push our limits, test our resolve and plot our own ‘unknown’. Explore Your Unknown.

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