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National Geographic: Free Solo 360

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Framestore and National Geographic Documentary Films have announced the premiere of 'Free Solo 360°' which debuted September 21st at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival. The short film, created in partnership with award-winning filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, who directed the critically acclaimed feature documentary Free Solo (currently in theatres), captures the experience of free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock... the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park… without a rope! The climb was completed without any safety equipment, and required years of training, planning and unwavering endurance — both physical and mental. The record-breaking climb that is featured in the full-length documentary, was re-created for the 360° short film to give users the full experience of climbing alongside Honnold. Virtually standing in his place, viewers are transported to Yosemite and they ascend the granite monolith with him, feeling the magnitude of the rock’s size as well as the anticipation, fear and accomplishment of every step. For the feature documentary Chin spent nearly three years climbing the route with Honnold; to prepare for the 360° film Chin and DP Justin Bastien worked several days on El Cap (with proper safety measures), placing cameras in the right locations and anchoring tripods up to 3,000 feet above the valley floor on the sheer granite wall. Despite the unique challenges this project faced, the climb proved to be a natural fit for a 360° storytelling approach.
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Camera Operator: Cheyne Lempe

1st Assistant Camera: Samuel Crossley

Rigging: Josh Huckaby, Jordan Cannon

Associate Producer: Aaron Cook

Field Producer: Mikey Schaefer

Post Production Company: Framestore

Colourist: Jonah Braun

VFX Supervisor: Michael Ralla

Compositors: Peter Timberlake, Minsang Lee, Yunpeng Hsieh, Paris Premdas

VFX Coordinator: Jose Alvarado, Jamie Runkle, Jacinta Williams

Compositing Supervisor: Josh Guillaume

VFX Editor: Alexandra Wysota, Brent Shafer (assistants)

Executive Creative Director: Aron Hjartarson

Editor: Humberto Reynaga

Sound Design: Peter Timberlake

Senior VFX Producer: Bomyee Hwang, Mei Ling Wong, Jordan Sharon

Developer: Sr. Creative Developer: Johannes Saam, Creative Developer: Jimmy Jin

Executive Producer: Guillaume Raffi

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