Magazine article Screen International

Power to the Pixel: Baumgartner's "Masterpiece of Engagement"

Magazine article Screen International

Power to the Pixel: Baumgartner's "Masterpiece of Engagement"

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Michel Reilhac, outgoing executive director at Arte France Cinéma, has hailed Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking skydive as "a masterpiece of engagement" and questioned how to reproduce the same effect in film.

Delivering the keynote at a "Pixel Pitch" event at the BFI Southbank, Reilhac said he had been "obsessed" with the daredevil's 120,000 ft jump from the stratosphere on Sunday (Oct 14).

"It struck an incredibly perfect balance between performance, science and risk-taking in real time," he told delegates.

"I found the dark side of myself fascinated by the fact that this guy might die right in front of us, with a morbid desire. When he succeeded, his success redeemed my dark side.

"It made me think about engagement. It was an absolute masterpiece of engagement. …

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