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.

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Free Solo IMAX

Free Solo, a documentary about rock climber Alex Honnold, is coming to IMAX theaters for a one week run in early 2019. This is great news – the film is a pulse-pounding look at a man who attempts to scale El Capitan, the 3,000 foot sheer rock face in Yosemite National Park, by himself and without any assistance from ropes. The opportunity to experience Free Solo‘s jaw-dropping cinematography on the largest screen possible will be a wonderful post-holiday gift from National Geographic Documentaries and IMAX. Read on for more details about this stunning documentary’s upcoming IMAX run. Read More »

spider-man into the spider-verse clip

The cast plus Dan Gvozden, a certified Spider-Man aficionado, dive into the amazing Spider-Verse and rank their favorite reincarnations of the character. Also tune in to find out how a trailer about a dog made David re-evaluate his life choices.

Check out the interview with Alfonso Cuarón on the cinematography of Roma, the critique on the racial politics of Green Book, and Dan Gvozden’s definitive list of Spider-Verse Easter eggs in The Hollywood Reporter.

Listen to David’s other podcast Write Along with writer C. Robert Cargill and Devindra’s new podcast Know More Tech, answering your question on the latest gadgets.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we call 911, realize a stranger is a just a friend you haven’t met yet, get a look at another country’s idea of a leader only in it for themselves, take a road trip, and then climb a mountain without a rope. Read More »