Sherpas Cinema to Release Latest Film Production - Starring Ski Legends of Banff National Park
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.”
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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.
The Character. Launch date – October 6 The Character enables the viewer to examine how your surroundings can shape character. Talented local skier Eric "Hoji" 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.
The Artist. Launch date – October 13 The Artist exposes the incredible energy of the Canadian Rockies and how the colour, 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.
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’.
The Sculpted in Time film series was produced by Sherpas Cinema and made possible through partnership with Banff Lake Louise Tourism, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine and Travel Alberta.
A selection of high-resolution images from the production of ‘Sculpted in Time’ is available for media use and we welcome media to feature the trailer and films within their websites as it relates to the series, as they wish. The series trailer and the full four films within the series can be found at www.SkiBanffNationalPark.com. Media interviews with: Pete Woods, General Manager, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Kurt Schroeder, Banff Lake Louise Tourism and Malcolm Sangster, Sherpas Cinema are available upon request as well as further information about the subjects of each ‘Sculpted in Time’ film.
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About Banff National Park
For over 125 years, Banff National Park has provided visitors with a healthy combination of unspoiled wilderness, modern amenities and opportunities for active exploration. With such a breathtaking landscape, it’s no surprise that this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been nominated time and time again as a ‘must-see’ destination for travelers from around the world. Nestled among the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Banff is known as a traveler’s mecca for good reason. Whether by car, bicycle, skis, snowshoes or canoe, in Banff National Park you can enjoy year-round discovery of the 6,641km2 mountainous landscape. As the first national park established in Canada, what makes Banff National Park so special is the combination of vast unspoiled wilderness, mountain lakes such as Lake Louise and the gateway to it all: the town of Banff.
About Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine
Located in Canada’s Banff National Park; the Lake Louise Ski Resort, Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay caters to all abilities and offers astounding scenic beauty. The welcoming ski town of Banff is located only 90 minutes from Calgary International Airport. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features 8,000 acres of skiing and riding terrain, 2 gondolas, 26 lifts and 30 feet of light, dry Canadian Rockies powder; all accessible via one lift ticket. This is the land where Nature Rules. www.SkiBig3.com
About Banff Lake Louise Tourism
Banff Lake Louise Tourism is a destination marketing organization for the Town of Banff, Community of Lake Louise and Banff National Park. Supporting over 800 businesses, our mission is to engage visitors in unrivalled, remarkable experiences with our membership. www.BanffLakeLouise.com