Spirit Animal is not your average high-five, smack, slap, hip-check type of skydiving movie. The movie features absolutely stunning flying, but there is also an ethereal, otherworldly feel to it. The music is absolutely fantastic and along with the artistic editing, lends it that special feel. Headphones (or a good sound system) highly recommended!
Matt Gerdes of Squirrel was one of the participants:
It was a fun project. We came together to fly with one another. That’s about it. Flying fast with friends is really a beautiful thing and of course images just sprout from that naturally. People keep asking what it means, and to me this quote sums it up: “Do not let your mind rule over imaginary kingdoms of endless possibilities.” We spend so much time these days absorbed in the fictitious narratives of other people’s lives, consciously and unconsciously comparing our opinion of ourselves with everyone else’s opinion of themselves.
We split into tribes and factions based on nothing real, often doing the bidding of people we don’t know and aren’t cared for by. We are tempted and coerced by advertising and tribal recruiting which promise us paradisiacal results if we join a certain tribe, and, once joining, people are threatened by trolls who enforce the (again, fictitious) tribal dogma. Through it all, some people lose sight of why it might be worth risking everything to do what is most fulfilling. At times it appears that some care more about the fictitious online adulation than they care about the actual flying. People want to say they have flown through the air, more than they want to fly through the air. Those flying seconds are too rare, and too much fiction occupies the in-between time. The more you fly, the less the fiction matters.