Mission Impossible 2 - rock climbing movie scenes

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Free Solo documentary subject Alex Honnold breaks down some of the most famous rock climbing scenes in movies like Mission: Impossible 2 and Point Break. Plus, a video essay explores the best movies within movies, and the crew at Tested takes a close look at a showcase of rare, vintage Star Wars collectibles from decades ago. Read More »

Making of Free Solo

Have you heard of Free Solo? There’s a chance you might have since there’s a lot of buzz about this documentary that follows rock climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to complete a free solo climb (which is without any ropes, harnesses or other safety equipment) up the 3,000-foot vertical rock formation known as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California. That’s a tall order, no pun intended, but almost as challenging was being able to capture this club without disrupting the climber himself.

In a new video, directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin explain how they and their expert camera crew scaled the mountain along with Alex Honnold to get the best shots possible. But the crew also employed remote cameras and other tech savvy skills in order to get the tfootage they need. However, beware of some spoilers for Free Solo since they do give away some of the struggles during the climb itself.

Find out everything you need to know about the making of Free Solo below. Read More »