Free Solo was a best practices production. While there wasn’t as much screen time for women, behind the scenes, the production is proud to have had gender parity. Here two of the powerhouse women producers behind the film @chaivasarhelyi (also director) and @mesdferg share a moment at the DVF Women’s Nominee luncheon.
The first criteria to be considered for the high angle cinematography team on Free Solo was that you had to be an elite professional climber. The second was that you had to be an incredible cinematographer. The pool was not very big. Even among the 4 or 5 people in the world who could do it - ie casually climb El Cap in a day and know how to operate and shoot everything from verite footage to interviews to climbing etc - I needed crew members with the right steady calm disposition who were willing to work day in and day out without complaining or creating drama. There was going to be plenty of drama already. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to @cheynelempe through @alexhonnold . He often climbed with Alex. Cheyne was an up and coming cinematographer and filmmaker. He was an obvious choice. He holds the solo speed record on the Salathe Route on El Cap and I could trust him to move quickly, safely and efficiently on the wall. He’s also incredibly talented as cinematographer, upbeat and not afraid of long and grueling days. He would often be asked to position for the most difficult, logistically complex and physically laborious shooting situations. I trusted him implicitly. The film would not have been possible without his endless stoke, athleticism and hours on the wall. 2 years…I never heard him complain once. Not once. You dream of finding crew members like Cheyne. - @jimmychin
We are proud to share that we just won the @bafta for Best Documentary Film. Thank you all who have supported us through this journey and the audiences that have embraced the film. We are truly grateful - @jimmychin@chaivasarhelyi@alexhonnold
a year ago
“There were very few people I could call on to work as my high angle DP for Free Solo. In fact, due to the sensitivities and stakes around this film, @mikeylikesrocks was at the top of my very short list. A world class climber, big waller and alpinist, Mikey had the climbing chops to not only manage a logistically complex big wall shoot but also rig and shoot. He planned the shooting logistics, rigged ropes, carried loads, mentored the rest of the younger team, oversaw the DIT back up systems, worked the route with @alexhonnold and still had the time to cover all of my blind spots, making sure I always had all my camera equipment among other things. This shoot would simply not have been possible without him. What else is there to say? Mikey is the MAN!” - @jimmychin
a year ago
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