This is why ski movie Same Difference is an absolute must-see
© Pally Learmond
From the award-winning Legs of Steel productions comes an exciting new documentary that will draw you into the seemingly divided worlds of skiing’s most unique and exciting disciplines: freestyle, big mountain and alpine skiing.
Featuring all three disciplines of skiing – alpine skiing, freestyle skiing and freeriding – in one single movie mirrors the natural evolution of many skiers
Last year, the Innsbruck–based crew lit up the freeski scene with their masterpiece, Passenger, a story narrated by Old Man Winter, capturing the pure essence and joy of freeskiing with incredible, poetic imagery. After raking in three awards at the coveted If3 awards followed by three awards at the prestigious Powder awards, it could've been difficult to come up with a fresh concept – but then the creative spark came naturally. "Featuring all three disciplines of skiing – alpine skiing, freestyle skiing and freeriding – in one single movie mirrors the natural evolution of many skiers," says producer Tobi Reindl. "As a kid you start in a ski club and train in the gates, then you might try out freestyle and when you’re older, you’ll move into freeriding."
Watch the craziest AK heli drop off you've ever seen in the below player:
We wanted to show a different perspective
The storyline was also a new one. From the habitual all-action approach showcasing only the best runs, the most perfect jumps and the most polished action, the crew wanted to take the viewer on to an in-depth journey behind the scenes. "We wanted to show a different perspective on what goes into that one perfect run in Alaska, into a World Cup Slalom run, or into building world’s biggest freestyle jump," says Paddy Graham. "You’ll get a closer look behind the scenes than you’ve ever gotten before."
Watch the Same Difference ski movie trailer in the below player:
So the cinematic and creative approach had to be adapted, too, in order to give all three disciplines the same weight, and to showcase each individually as real and as authentically as possible.
"We worked a lot with hidden cameras that follow alpine skier Felix Neureuther, for example, on every step [and] every movement, not only during training and preparation, but even during the actual races. We’re showing how the attempt for the longest airtime record requires designing, building, preparing everything, from the kicker to the actual jump," explains Reindl.
While the preparation and the challenges are inherently different for all three disciplines, the one moment when it all comes together is the same. If you’re standing on the top of a steep face in Alaska with the cameras rolling, or in the start gate in Schladming hearing the masses chant your name, or if you’re ready to drop in for the first time on a humongously massive kicker – the pressure to perform on point is the same.
“The only difference,” says Graham, “is that Felix Neureuther gets into the zone some seconds before approaching the start gate, while we freestylers might still chat and banter until we actually start the run-in. That’s the moment when everything else moves out of your head and shifts into total focus.”
Watch this astonishing POV edit filmed by freeskier Sven Kühnle and slalom racer Felix Neureuther, in the below player:
Everyone falls, everyone gets back up. As much as you give to the sport, it’s always giving something back
“When we had the Same Difference movie premiere, everyone was there,” says Reindl. “From Felix Neureuther’s fan club to the full freeski scene. That’s exactly what we wanted to achieve!”
"It doesn’t matter the discipline, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro," says Graham. "Everyone falls, everyone gets back up. As much as you give to the sport, it’s always giving something back. That’s what skiing is all about."
See the best shots from the Same Difference ski movie below:
On top of this, yes, Legs of Steel have already won yet another award, this time for Same Difference: Best Editing at the IF3 Festival.
So don’t miss the Same Difference Digital World Premiere next Monday, November 20, on Red Bull TV – available for one week only.
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