Above The Ground
A documentary film about the passion for human flight experiences – the thin lines between mental freedom, exhilaration, adrenaline, joy, life & death, and just plain fun. Incredible stories of professional jumpers, fliers, pilots. What really drives them. The good and bad of extreme sports.VISIT WEBSITE
In October of 2018 a group of extreme sports enthusiasts decided to unite and create a story about the sport in which they “found” themselves. This story is about the human passion for air space, the excellence of the human body and its abilities, all of which is driven by courage and blood. The evolution of parachuting has made tremendous progress since the early 1990s. Individuals whom devoted their lives to the sport made the first documentary about the many parachuting disciplines. They explained their philosophy of life, fear, and why they continue to indulge despite the imminent danger, injuries, devastating losses of their loved ones, and the potential that they may never return home to those that love them.
Through exploring the real-time thoughts rushing through the human brain before, during, and after flight, this film allows the viewer to see the possibilities for these sports to radically change people’s lives for the better. We dug deep to explore the mid-air thought process that keeps these pilots alive when plans change. Parachuting, spiritual in nature, is especially unique because it required each athlete to maintain safety for themselves and for their fellow pilots whom share the air. Humans, by nature, have a self-preservation instinct. Many fear we will act as our own barriers to the achievement of our desires, goals, and dreams. As soon as we overcome these fears, doors to new opportunities and horizons will open. Sometimes, though not aware, we are afraid of fears that exist only in our minds. For many, the passion for parachuting is just one of the tools to overcome these fears. Breaking down these perceived barriers creates a catalyst to freedom through an influx of inspiration.
One of the goals of this project is to prevent the next generation of extreme sport enthusiasts from making the critical mistakes that were made by those before them. During the filming process, seven beautiful souls left us and found a new existence in a better world.
Creating awareness helps develop healthy precautions in the decisions for which your future existence depends.
Above The Ground Team
Vitaly Cheresh Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Production Designer, Art Director, Cinematographer, Jumper
Jan Verhaeren PRO FPV Drone Pilot
Denis Gogol Actor, PRO Jumper
Karyna Oidat Camera Assistant, Model, Actor, Creative Designer
Ruslan Vitryanyuk Producer
Dmitry Borisov Creative Designer
Skyogi Productions Video Production, Post Production
Parachuting is a method of transiting from a high point to Earth with the aid of gravity, involving the control of speed during the descent with the use of a parachute or parachutes.
BASE jumping, also sometimes written as B.A.S.E. jumping, is parachuting or wingsuit flying from a fixed structure or cliff. “BASE” is an acronym that stands for the four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: building, antenna, span, and earth.
Wingsuit flying is the sport of flying through the air using a wingsuit, which adds surface area to the human body to enable a significant increase in lift. The modern wingsuit, first developed in the late 1990s, creates a surface area with fabric between the legs and under the arms.
Speed-flying is the mix of skiing and paragliding. Speed flying and speed riding are very similar sports; speedflying occurs when the speed wing is foot-launched, while speed riding is a winter sport done on skis.
Hang gliding is an air sport or recreational activity in which a pilot flies a light, non-motorised foot-launched heavierthan-air aircraft called a hang glider. Most modern hang gliders are made of an aluminium alloy or composite frame covered with synthetic sailcloth to form a wing.
Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing.
Hybrid jumping is something incredable we found in our jumping journey. It’s a jumps based on combination of two different areal extreme sports directions. As an example it could be BASE jump out of the Paragliding Tandem flight.
Almost 60 people have been interviewed while shooting, almost 50 hours of incredable stories. Thanks to all of you brothers and sisters who participate in such an emotional, spiritual project. Namaste