After months of work planning, preparing, filming and the mammoth task of editing our John Muir Award film has finally gone live!
We were approached by the John Muir Trust
almost a year ago to see if we might be interested in making a film to showcase the John Muir Award scheme. We jumped at the chance and started work on the planning and information gathering. In May we started the filming and with help from some amazing people who run, participate and administrate the Award we got loads of great footage in locations around the country. We filmed not only in various venues in Scotland
where the Trust is based but also in the Lake District
and the Peak District
Then came the most difficult bit, narrowing down the hours of footage and putting it together to make a visually stimulating film that still contained all the important information.
This was a lengthy process with lots of feedback flying back and too between ourselves and the John Muir Trust, but we got there and we are happy to see that the main full length film and the shorter version have now gone live via the John Muir Trust website.
Check the full feature film below and let us know what you think.
Amazing 2 days on location with Neil Gresham filming for our DWS film.
More to come soon…
Last week we’ve started filming for our EpicTV series 'Wild Women' which will go live in Spring 2014. We’re planning 8 episodes with some of the World’s most inspiring women athletes. Keep your eyes peeled!
Some screen grabs from our first shoot with Karen Darke.
From bold trad to sketchy rime to hard sport, Black Diamond athlete Dave MacLeod has something of an obsession with first ascents in his native Scotland—a land not known for its ideal climbing weather. A little sleet and rain, however, has done little to dampen Dave’s passion for scouring the island for new climbs. His latest FA, Fight The Feeling, is an interesting tale of an FA legacy being carried on from one generation of climbers to the next.
This video is part of our Climbing 2013 digital catalog. Through photos, videos and narrated slideshows, the Climbing 2013 digital catalog highlights first ascents and first free ascents from recent years, as well as the crucial pieces of Black Diamond gear that helped make them a reality. In addition, the digital catalog showcases historical images from past first ascents—chosen by our athletes—that have fueled their own personal FA pursuits. To view the Climbing 2013 digital catalog, click here: http://catalog.blackdiamondequipment.com/
We are really excited to be working on a new film about the John Muir Award with the John Muir Trust.
After weeks of production work (e-mails, script writing, research, phone calls, contracts……) it’s a great feeling to have finally picked up a camera and what’s even better is when everything works out!
Our hectic schedule last week meant shooting in a different location every day, covering almost all aspects of the Award from scrambling and amping with school kids all getting to grips with the Four Challenges of the Award (Discover, Explore, Conserve, Share) to seeing the conservation projects with a group of adults who have battled with drug/alcohol abuse. We also had the pleasure of interviewing Para-Olympic Silver medal winner and all round inspiring lady Karen Darke
We would like to say special thank you to everyone involved, especially; John Muir’s Birthplace Museum in Dunbar, Loch Eil Outward Bound Centre, Cairngorm Young Rangers, Phoenix Futures and Karen Darke.
We’re just back from shooting on the Isle of Skye in Scotland with Sarah Ridgway. Here’s few screen grabs from our week’s filming. Erratic weather, lots of rain, 1000 meter ascents up onto the Cuillin Ridge and first underwater filming experience! Over all very successful!
We’re also kick-starting another exciting project very soon… Keep your eyes peeled!
We are very proud to be part of Climbers Against Cancer (climbersagainstcancer.org), brainchild of the whirlwind that is John Ellison.
John was diagnosed with terminal cancer 12 months ago, but rather than giving up on life he decided to start fighting! John’s vision was to raise not just money but awareness within the climbing community.
We know we can’t find a cure for cancer ourselves no matter how much we might want too. But we can use our skills to help as much as possible, this short film is another example.
So please support this incredible cause, go and get a shirt in your favourite colour and then upload your pictures of you wearing them wherever that might be. Spread the word, spread the awareness, it’s time for the whole climbing community to step up.
'The past, present and future of climbing is fed by first ascents. Generation after generation of climbers have been compelled by the unknown of a first ascent, driven to redefine the historical narrative of climbing, and narrow the line between impossible and possible.’
Last Autumn we headed up to Scotland to film with Dave Macleod for the Black Diamond’s Climbing Catalogue.
The theme for the whole catalogue was ‘First Ascents’ and our short tells the story of Dave making the FA of his long standing project ‘Fight the feeling’.
We’re heading back to Scotland very soon and we cannot wait!
A lot of universal wisdom in this short video about Sarah Ridgway.
We all hit the plateau stage doing a lot of things in life (not just running)… And yes the most important thing is to ‘try not to get frustrated’!
Our latest video! Enjoy!