Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk takes a look at the world of skydiving and base jumping—parachuting from a building, a bridge, or a cliff. While providing breathtaking views of skydiving over the Florida Keys, the Mojave Desert, and in the Fjords of Norway, this film explores the psychological and physiological forces behind risk-taking and the physics involved in these activities. In doing so, it also shows us how risk-taking is part of everyday life.

The storyline focuses on two risk-takers: Adrian Nicholas and Katarina Ollikainen. Nicholas, a veteran skydiver who has performed thousands of jumps, is the record-holder for the longest unassisted human flight, 4 minutes 55 seconds at speeds of up to 200 kilometers/hour. Adrenaline Rush follows these two experts as they prepare to undertake a unique scientific experiement: trying to fly the parachute imagined in 1485 by Leonardo da Vinci, the very first parachute design ever recorded. And thanks to a camera strapped to one of the professional fjumpers who took part in the film, viewers can live through a 4,150-foot jump from the Katthammaren Wall in Norway.

Length: 38:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2002
  • Date Released:
    October 2002
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital, Fulldome
  • Distributor:

    K2 Studios

  • Produced By:
    Sky High Entertainment and Blue Sky AB
  • Executive Producer: Carl Samson
  • Producer: Carl Samson
  • Director:  Marc Fafard
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  • Writer:  Marc Fafard
  • Cinematography: Peter Anderson, Peter Degerfeldt, Goran Widenby
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
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  • Editor: Ren√© Caron
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