With a mountain
guide for a father, a former ski instructor and refuge guardian for
a mother, and a paragliding instructor for an elder brother, Sam
grew up at the foot of Mont Blanc. In 1994, he joined the Compagnie
des Guides de Chamonix. Pitons, crampons, ice axes, wing suits,
paragliding, snow kiting, skiing, and snowboarding... the hardest
thing for him is to find a bag big enough to put all his toys in!
Sam is an all-round mountaineer, specialising in the more "extreme"
aspects: the first ski descent of the Linceul on the Grandes
Jorasses (1995) with Jérôme Ruby on a snowboard, the opening in the
Himalayas of Extra bleu ciel at
Kwangde Shar (1995), 700 BASE jumps to his credit since 1994,
attempting a snowboard descent of the north face of Everest (1998),
opening the Azazel route with
the Planête Big Wall team and making the first wing suit jump from
the Trango Pulpit (2005)... Québec Givré (co-directed with Erwan Le Lann) and Baffin, l'île aux
enfants take a
light-hearted look at the mountains, light years away from the
dramatic situations they are often associated
At that time, BASE jumping was little known to the
public. Our idea with Free Base was
to show the pleasure we experienced being in the mountains, both
going up and coming down. Jérôme Ruby was the inspiration behind
the group and it was thanks to him that I in turn wanted to tell
the stories of our adventures from the perspective of the sharing
and the pleasure.
Everything takes on a different light from the
moment you decide to film. You're not just there to do things, but
also to show things. The biggest danger is losing the natural feel.
The images often reflect the profound atmosphere that exists within
a team... except that in the midst of the action, literally and
figuratively, you're not very tempted to film.
A fictional film in 35mm about the story of two men and two women who have lost everything and come together at the end of the earth to go climbing.
Ses films produits par
Québec Givré - 2005
Baffin, l'île aux enfants - 2007