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(Climb)ology!

Living in the Los Angeles area, it’s pretty much guaranteed that one or another of your friends will be working in the entertainment industry. I’ve made several industry friends since moving out here, and it just so happens that a few months back, one of these friends passed my name to another friend, who passed it along to a director, who asked me to star in a little video about the science behind rock climbing!  

This seemed like such a cool opportunity, so of course I eagerly agreed.  Thus, the last weekend of September, I found myself out at Horse Flats (Angeles National Forest) with a great crew from Super Deluxe Productions, filming, ‘(Climb)ology; the Physics of Bouldering.’ 

I’ve participated in a few other productions and photo shoots since moving to Los Angeles, but it never fails to be such a cool and fun experience. I love watching the director and crew at work, and seeing their creativity come to life. It’s also very interesting to see first hand all the technical aspects of filming that go on behind the scenes; all the camera angles, lighting, planning, and positioning that go into the perfect shot. For me, this video was particularly fun too, as the director was a climber himself and let me have a lot of input into the shots, angles, and problems that we would film.  

As I would have to climb everything multiple times over the course of the day, we settled on a few moderate problems that showcased technique, but wouldn’t sap my energy too much: Thin Crack (V0), B1 Traverse (V4), and The Fang (V4/5). 

Filming the B1 Traverse, V4, for Super Deluxe Productions.
Filming the B1 Traverse, V4, for Super Deluxe Productions.
Thin Crack, V0
Thin Crack, V0
The Fang, V4/5
The Fang, V4/5

It ended up being a great day!  I had never been to Horse Flats before, so it was really fun to explore and get on some brand new problems. On top of that, filming went perfectly.  Problems were sent, techniques were perfected, and we even wrapped ahead of schedule!  

Since then, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the final video, which just came out yesterday!  I love how it turned out and I hope you do too! Please check it out below, and visit Super Deluxe for more fun content. 

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