Sunday River’s snowmaking crew stars in the pilot of “Man Vs. Weather,” which launched online Dec. 3, on Vimeo.
Future production of “Man Vs. Weather” is still in the works. Produced by Portland-based Global Content Partners, the multimedia series has been three years in the making.
“We’ve been sitting on this for a while, and I’m glad it’s gotten out there,” said Rory Strunk, managing director of Global Content Partners.
Global Content Partners is currently searching for media partners for the project.
“We waited for the market to come back and find the right match,” Strunk said. “In the media business it’s all about timing and the right match.”
The action-packed pilot — 72 hours of snowmaking edited down to 3 minutes and 16 seconds — was filmed three years ago. Sunday River holds rights to the film, and they decided to launch it in early December to kick off the mountain’s ski season.
“This is a really busy time of year for us as far as snowmaking is concerned, and the conditions right now are just phenomenal,” said Darcy Morse, Sunday River director of communications. “Through social media sites, we’ve been getting great feedback from guests saying this is the best early skiing they’ve seen. So it’s fitting to give a nod to the guys who are out there morning, noon and night to make it happen.”
“Man Vs. Weather” was inspired by weather crews that often work for days without sleep to battle the elements, according to the Global Content Partners website, www.globalcontentpartners.com.
For the series, the film crew plans to go behind the scenes to capture the stories of people they refer to as “frontline weather heroes.”
“I’m always looking for compelling themes and untold stories, something the media sort of overlooked,” Strunk said. “And I’ve always loved the weather theme in general. Media gets so entranced by the storm cycle, that they don’t always tell the compelling, behind-the-scenes story about people who toil in weather or make their living in weather.”
Strunk, who attended the University of Maine in Orono and has long enjoyed skiing down Maine mountains, said that the Sunday River snowmaking crew is a great example of people who battle the elements on a regular basis for the benefit of others.
“They’re colorful characters and extremely passionate about their job, and not many people know what they go through to do their job,” Strunk said.
While Global Content Partners has a list of organizations, businesses and individuals they’d like to feature on the series, they’re also eager to hear viewer suggestions, Strunk said.
Global Content Partners recently opened a new film studio in Portland called Global Studios, where they will be producing much of their material. To learn about the company, visit globalcontentpartners.com.