How They Filmed the First El Capitan Climb With No Ropes | Vanity Fair

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If you have somehow missed out on Free Solo you absolutely need to go see it! It captures the amazing story of Alex Honnold’s free solo climb of Yosemite’s El Capitan and feat of athleticism, even if you are not a climber it is a must see film.

But what interested me most was the storytelling itself, how they went about shooting a film in which the subject-their friend could die, or worse, they could cause his death.

Jimmy Chin is one of the greatest outdoors and athletic photographers, which means he is also himself a great athlete (see the film, Meru for badassery while shooting.) As an athlete and storyteller myself, the process and thought that went into capturing this nuance so perfectly blows me away. They achieved it with maximum care, while accepting the risk beyond their control, and sharing it all as a critical part of the story itself. Alex Honnold’s climb is phenomenal but the storytelling itself is also phenomenal.

In this clip, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, sit down with Vanity Fair and discuss the process and nuance of the filming.

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