How To Film A Rock Climber From Every Angle

Videographer Jeff Newton is most well known for his work shooting war zones. When he wasn't being shot at Jeff decided to take up climbing as a hobby and through that heard of free climber Alex Honnold. After meeting Alex, Jeff was hired to film one of his giant free climbs. In the quick video below Jeff takes us through his setup for his segment for 60 Minutes in which he filmed Honnold climbing without any sort of safety gear on a massive rock face. The setup alone took 2 days and a huge crew of people to pull off.

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Nathan Hamler's picture

That's just insane....can't even imagine climbing like that...

Shaun Boyte's picture

That's awesome, a goal of mine is to make a living filming incredible stories of human ability. This was almost a hybrid of ENG style and doc style. I wonder if news will start to develop a new style as this next generation of filmmakers starts to take the reigns?



Brian Moore's picture

That was amazing! has the finally video be released yet? link?


Brian Moore's picture

thank you for the link!!!

Zack Williamson's picture

keep this climbing videos coming. I love the lengths the climbers and crew go to to get the shot

Chip_Atl's picture

A palpable sense of anxiety comes over me just watching this. Too crazy.

Mike Folden's picture

Theres just no way i could do that. So much respect for climbers. I love the all the climbing videos lately! 

Anonymous's picture

Wow! He must have a massive set of balls!

Alexej Mecheriakov's picture

sick :)

Stuart Atkins's picture

i checked my palms and they were definitely sweating for that guy. that is sure madness. WOW

Gary Orona's picture

Guys, really great job with the site. The diversity of your content is really refreshing. Bravo!

Gary Orona
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Mark Kauzlarich's picture

I know I'm a little late on this, but I'm kind of upset about this whole thing. The feature end product is good. Does not stand up against climbing films or spots produced by people who are professionals at this, however. That might be expected, but the glaring issues I see is that there are numerous unnecessary and dangerous risks that were taken during the filming. I think its actually the reverse of not being able to see the forest for the trees. They needed to look at who they were putting up on the wall, where they had cameras, whether or not the small cameras would effect the climber. The last thing you want to be is responsible for someone's death or injury. As a climber and a climbing photographer, its important to put safety this before everything else.

This isn't meant to take away from the final product, but the feature on Jimmy Chin was a better representation of what people like him and Tim Kemple do, people who climb at an elite level already, and then put it into photography or videography.