Thursday, July 8, 2010

BD Journal

I know that it's just barely past the 4th of July and all, but here's more ice climbing...

Shot by Chris Hamillton, this is my first real attempt at video editting and has really turned me on to the idea of working in visual media. The goal was to produce a 2-8 minute clip for BD's online athlete journal. Chris didn't miss a moment of the action from his fixed line and handed me something like 48 minutes of raw footage - enter the learning curve.

Being a total nerd when it comes to climbing, I found it exceptionally challenging to eliminate footage. The words of my friend and colleague CJ Carter echoed strongly throughout the process, "try to use only the bare minimum needed to tell the story." Not so easy as it may sound, at least not for me - given my druthers, you'd be forced to sit through tight shots of every protection placement, complete with voice-over and slow-mo, just to be sure that the experience was thoroughly beat to death. So, anyhow, this is my attempt at a video snapshot of one of the finest, wildest, steepest pure-ice lines that I've had the pleasure to engage.


BD athlete Pete Tapley ice climbing in Hyalite Canyon, Montana from Black Diamond Equipment on Vimeo.

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