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Ice Call - Sam Favret

In his movie "BackYards", Sam Favret rides the infamous "Mer de Glace" in Chamonix. Never a man had the idea to ski this glacier. Watch the part, some exclusive pictures and read our small chat.

Ice Call - Sam Favret


Focus on the mesmerizing Ice Call part

Ice Call - Sam Favret / Backyards Project from PVS COMPANY on Vimeo.


If you are curious we did an interview last september with Sam, read it on our blog.


Is this skiing-on-ice sequence a world first?

I’ve never seen any such long part on ice in previous ski movie. I think it’s safe to call “Ice Call” a world first. I wanted to shoot it from many years but I always knew it would take a lot of time to get all the scenes. 


How the idea came up?

By walking, climbing over and over again in the area of “La mer de glace” it came to an evidence to me that we had to do something with the skis, on this ice that fascinates me since as long as I can remember.


How long did it take to set up everything (the line, the kickers, the shooting…)?

It took us two winters, lot of team work, sweat, tears… I let you picture.
We had to pay attention to every single details: the light, the coordination between the cameraman and I, the fact that we had to leave it as natural as possible it was to ski it.


Do you have a story to share about the making?

The hardest part to realize was the last picture of the sequence, where I got out of the cave to slide on the vertical wall. I needed the speed.
We dragged a motorized cable up in the cave to get some traction and speed. But the winch never functioned!
We tried a different technic… with a bungee! It took us several time to tense it as we wanted. We had to wear ice crampons in order to stay still on sheer ice. For two days we rehearsed it to have the perfect pictures we wanted.



The film tour

The avant premiere happened in Chamonix on september 26th 2016, the team after went on tour.

How did it go ?

The tour went really well, we covered 45 dates. Although I could not be on every tour stop I went to the most important ones.
This tour allowed us to realize that we made a good movie and that we could be proud of the work we accomplished.
After two years of shooting, a full summer of editing we were having the hardest time to detach from it. Being demanded and having touched the public gave a great boost.


Where did you have the warmest welcome?

The movie has been appreciated on every stop but if I had to choose I would say Chamonix, London, Annecy and Quebec.


Did you received any award?

We had the « best picture » award at the Winter Film Festival and « best freeride movie » at the International Free Ride Film Festival (Cauterets, France)


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