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What do you think about "local color" segments in ski movies?

post #1 of 9
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Almost all recent ski movies seem to have segments that have nothing to do with skiing - stuff about boat rides, the cities they travel through, that kind of stuff.

 

Me, I just want to see snow, mountains, and people skiing. Youtube videos usually deliver better on this than a lot of ski movies.

 

I thought Pretty Faces did a great job of this, with short segments that were about ski stoke or common skier experiences. It all just added to the stoke.

 

What about you? Do you like the non-ski parts of ski movies?

post #2 of 9
Depends on what it is.
post #3 of 9

If it creates a "storyline" that ties the move together or reveals some of the personal backstory of the skiers, I like it.  Otherwise it's fluff and basically useless.

post #4 of 9

I agree with mustski...I personally hate mindless minutes of skiing that go one for two hours.  I like to see some extra stuff to add to my understanding of the place and the people I'm watching.  If there's a story to keep me interested, then all the better.  If it's just random slice-o-life footage, then it's best left out of the film.

 

Chris

twosherpas.com

post #5 of 9

Most of that "local color" is actually thinly disguised advertising, which is included because the film's sponsors paid for it.  The classic examples are back in the old Warren Miller movies where info about each resort or heli operation where they film is included with each segment.  It is usually a bit more subtle in the new movies, but serves the same purpose.  Free heli time for filming results in several shots of the logo on the chopper and some patter about how great the company and there terrain is.  Same with resorts or the ski towns' chamber of commerce.

post #6 of 9
So, who was the sponsor for that Norway footage? Just wondering, as I clearly missed it. And the Mt. Olympia footage.
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So, who was the sponsor for that Norway footage? Just wondering, as I clearly missed it. And the Mt. Olympia footage.

 

Did not see that movie, so I cannot comment, but traveling around the world and filming ski movies is extremely expensive and the production companies try to get as much free lodging, heli time, meals, equipment, etc, set up before they start.  Many places try to promote tourism, and what better way than to have beautiful scenes of their resort, town, country, parks, etc. appear in movies that will be seen internationally.  Of course some of it is actually local color to tie the skiing to the cool places they are  filming, but my point  was that a good portion of it is very intentional and not just for "color." 

 

At the start of ski movies they usually list the sponsors, and at the end there is always a "thanks to" list for those who contributed something besides money, but they also usually get product placement, and I would guess that sometimes that product may be a country's tourist attractions.

post #8 of 9
This was clearly not a tourist destination, just a small fishing village, and they hiked up. The only thing it could have been an ad for was the skiers. The conditions weren't even that great.
post #9 of 9

I like color segments in ski movies.    Please keep them out of broadcast coverage.

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