Say My Name – Grete Eliassen
Visually, this is a cool little promo piece for amazing all-round skier Grete Eliassen. There are loads of inventive, slick editing tricks to make an interesting view but, that said, “Say My Name” is not something you’re going to watch more than once. The voice-over segments are horribly stilted with Grete sounding like she’s talking about herself on the most uncomfortable blind date of her life. Dump the lame script and get a friend to interview her so she sounds a little more natural. Thankfully they keep the formal-wear and make-up shots to minimum. Not that Grete’s unattractive: far from it. But when you’re dealing with pro athletes those moments seem to go awkward real fast. There’s no question about Grete’s skills and her skiing here is testimony to that; don’t forget, she’s got the world record for her 31 foot hip jump. “Say My Name” is exactly the type of film segment that a pro skier can use to build a name but to make it really work the format needs to be adjusted here. Give me a better narrative and some better sense of the personality on top of the skis because a 27 minute segment on one skier with a few guest appearances from Lynsey Dyer and Sarah Burke does not really work for the average ski film fan.