Sometimes it takes a huge corporation to invest the resources in making something amazing. In their push to advertise their ambilight TV technology Philips has created one of the most beautiful Sky movies I have ever seen.
Forget skiers with little GoPro cameras strapped to their helmets. How about lighting full slopes with massive amount of lights have having some of the world’s best skiers wear an LED suit and have a go at it.
To match the production value it was shot with a Red Epic Mysterium x3 Larius
Logistically, it was a nightmare. Making each light suit required sewing 7,000 LEDs onto each skiers’ gear. Of course, some of them would burn out or otherwise go on the fritz, bringing filming to a halt while repairs were made.
Lighting up entire mountains was another major undertaking. The team used eight 4,000-watt lights, accented with smaller lights and gels to add contrast and fill. All told, the lighting and filming gear—which included several RED EPIC cameras and an octocopter—weighed 9,000 pounds. Where possible, they ferried all that stuff up the mountain in a helicopter, but there were times when it was loaded into sleds and hauled up by hand.
…On the two occasions when things aligned, the skiers were on the snow by about midnight and each only made one run. That’s it. Their guide simply wasn’t comfortable with taking any more than that, due to the risk of avalanche