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Melbourne-based filmmakers Chas Mackinnon and Brad Goble flip the conventions of extreme sports videos to create this awe-inspiring, ethereal twist on the genre. The result looks more like a modern take on the Rapture than a viral video.

Mackinnon explains, “Most skydiving videos are edited with fast cuts and set to up-tempo music to highlight the extreme nature of the sport. We wanted to explore the other end of the spectrum. To achieve this, we presented the footage in slow motion and set it to a soundtrack which accentuates the dreamlike nature of the footage.”

The featured skydivers are pros, including world champions Fred Fugen and Vince Reffett, which must be why they all look so calm. The video was shot on a GoPro, a tiny $300 HD camera that can be mounted on a helmet for the first person perspective that (almost) makes you feel like you're there. Don't miss the shot at 00:25; it's just unreal.

This video was produced by Chas Mackinnon and Brad Goble in association with Melbourne Skydive Center for InfinityList. 

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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