Sheffield student is riding the White Line with movie

Snowboarder Jake Cornish, star of The White Line movie
Snowboarder Jake Cornish, star of The White Line movie
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THERE is snow business like show business for one Sheffield film director whose production is set to premiere in the city.

Sheffield University philosophy student Ismar Badzic is behind The White Line, a snowboarding movie which will premiere at the city’s forthcoming adventure film festival.

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival organisers said: “The White Line eschews the helicam/big budget movie approach to get back to basics and focus on real riders juggling their passion for snow and adrenaline with the reality of working full-time and providing for their families.”

And 21-year-old Ismar, from Broomhill, said it was the story that was ‘essential’ rather than the ‘big extreme shots’.

He said: “I started off doing short films, cheap and cheerful student films and I’ve always been taught that the story is essential.

“If you have a good story it doesn’t matter what camera you shoot on.

“So in everything I’ve done since then – for music videos or even for photography – I try to focus on the story aspect.”

He admits to being a beginner when it comes to capturing snowboarding for the big screen.

Ismar said: “I went into making ‘The White Line’ without a rich background in snowboard films, so I didn’t even know how they were made or how much they focused on tricks.

“I’d seen a few obviously -–you see these huge jumps and the things they do, so for me it was obvious to focus on story.

“I was surprised other people hadn’t been doing it.

“As a director the one thing the film is missing is the big extreme shots, but even if we had the budget we’d never drop the narrative because that is key.”

Ismar hails from Surrey, but admits he feels at home in Sheffield.

He said: “When we were at college we had this big open day at Surrey University and the first stall I came across was Sheffield.

“I picked up the prospectus and loved everything about it.

“Seriously, it sounds cheesy but it spoke to me and it just set the bar for the day.

“I just love the city. It reminds me of home.

“The city centre is quite small and manageable. It’s not overwhelmingly big like I think you’d get at somewhere like Manchester University.

“The people in Sheffield are lovely and I couldn’t be happier.”

n ShAFF runs from Firday to Sunday, March 1 to 3. For details, visit Sheffield Adventure Film Festival – Ismar and cameraman George Simpson will be at the screening, on Saturday, at 9.15pm, to introduce the film and answer any questions.

n For a chance to win ShAFF tickets and merchandise, see The Star on Saturday.