FINDING THE LINE is a film about fear, it’s paralyzing grip on humans and how it affects our decision-making. Olympian and X Games Slopestyle champion Anna Segal and her Freeride World Tour, big mountain skiing sister, Nat Segal, use their skiing to understand fear and how it manifests in the two siblings’ lives. Throughout their careers as professional skiers, Anna and Nat have both constantly been challenged by fear. Yet, despite being brought up under the same roof, they have learned to deal with it in almost contrasting ways, neither leading them to the success they dreamed of. A heartfelt journey on the knife’s edge of big mountains throughout Canada and France push them to their physical and emotional limits. The extreme skiing mecca of Alaska pushes them beyond. The Australian sisters soon realise that the most important lessons lie within each others’ approach. Equipped with greater insight, they negotiate the fine balance between staying in their comfort zone and taking too much risk, learning that sometimes to move forward, you need to understand what is holding you back.
This film was Anna and my first film, we went in with the intention of spending a winter producing a 20 min ski film, instead we spent 2.5 years producing what you have now – a 58 min documentary. The majority of the footage was captured by Bjarne Salén on his Sony FS7 and DJI drone. He was a one man show. For the most part Bjarne hiked everywhere with these two pieces of equipment (and all the bells and whistles that made them work), including the steep lines that we skied in Chamonix. Quite often he would multitask, shooting on his drone and FS7 simultaneously so that he could capture all angles. Anna and I were born in Australia and grew up in Melbourne. For the last 10 years we have spent our time living on the road (or overseas) in order to pursue skiing on an international level. We are both now based in BC, Canada. We’re working on a follow up to the film ;).