/ NEWS: VIDEO: Hydrotherapy - Pembroke Deep Water Solo
Hydrotherapy (8a+) takes a steep line to the right of the still unrepeated trad route Underworld (E7) that was established by Ben Bransby and Ian Vickers.
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Great film, great effort Neil, route looks awesome. Got me psyched to get back to Pembroke later this year.
my thoughts exactly.
Brilliant film! It captured the atmosphere of the place along with the climbers personal journey better than any other climbing film I've seen. It's the peacefulness between the climbing that I can really relate to - reminds me a bit of the old surf film Momentum.
you really can't think what a black screen might add? would you prefer 90 hardhouse and bouldering?(not that it doesn't have its place)
You seem to understand what the black screen is for - please enlighten us.
A little bit of bullet time footage is good and a couple of shots of the environs, some random closeups on the journey to the crag even work... but there is just too much of all of the above. When you have two attempts at one fairly short route, I'd be thinking more 5-10 mins rather than 20 mins for the video.
I didn't like the sountrack but that is personal preference thing so there is no sense making a deal out of it.
I agree with John2; some really great footage slightly spoiled by the irritating editing. So it's possible to run film backwards. Who knew?
I'm sure it was a great film. Sadly I only got to a close up of a coffee being dunked backwards before I got bored. Maybe it was clever, maybe I'm to thick to get it... Will never know.
Well done Neil for the climb, getting the timing right to even start the route must have been hard enough. Well done Liam for a beautiful film.
I agree that it could do with compressing a bit though. To me quite a few of the sequences seemed to be unnecessarily long and didn't really help in getting the point across.
Well... Not really. If you send your film round your mates, you should expect to get some nice compliments. If you submit your film to UKC where it will be reviewed by thousands of people who have never met you and inevitably compared to other films on the site then it isn't really realistic to expect everyone to compliment you just because you took the time to make the film, is it? If you stand on the parapet, don't complain when people shoot arrows at you! :P
Also, if most of the audience "don't get" or "understand" the film, then it has failed to hit its mark with the target audience. It is a climbing film, about climbing, created for other climbers, UKC is chock full of climbers (although some might argue that "climbers" would be the wrong word!) and if it doesn't hit the target with most of them then I think that makes it fairly clear that the issue lies with the maker, not the audience.
I really enjoyed the film, perfect to watch over a cuppa in the morning. I initially was expecting it to get going a bit quicker, as that's what tends to happen in most other vids i've seen.
But once i got into the flow, i thought it was a very well thought out and presented video. I particularly enjoyed the music (but i listen to that kind of thing anyway, so no surprises there).
As far as i could tell, the bit where the route flashed up in the middle was to introduce the climbing element of the film, rather than the intro... a kind of 'right, here we go then...'. I didnt really notice the black screen bits, i guess it didnt bother me!
All in all, awe inspiring climbing presented in a different, but excellent way. Thanks to those involved!
I enjoyed it. Good work on trying something different with the production off this. the restrained use of music (and choice of music when used), with the use of audio throughout was a particular highlight. I would say that the viewing pleasure of this would be much greater at a film festival for example, than being viewed on the web where I really struggle with video's past 8 minutes so I can understand the editing comments.
Still like I said, really good effort for trying something different from the style of the usual production companies for climbing video's, there should be more like this.
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