Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Writing, writing, writing

I have been keeping my posts and short and far apart recently due to my commitment to writing the bouldering book and keeping up with my college work. I have been getting out only a few hours at a time, meaning the gym or Flagstaff at most. The Park is becoming a distant memory at this point. A cherished one nevertheless.

Nevertheless, I feel reasonably strong and am inspired by the goings on out there and of course Internet video. The ever-productive Jon Glassberg has a new short video from Switzerland:

as well as a new installment from his work on Lincoln Lake:

Lincoln Lake GIANTS! Chapter 2 • Bones... from Louder Than 11 on Vimeo.

These give a good comparison of the cinematic potential of some locales versus others. Chironico has changing light, interesting backgrounds, amazing texture, and best of all life. Things grow there such as trees meaning the frame always has something else besides rocks. And this is the problem with Lincoln. Almost always you are shooting someone climbing a grainy round rock with piles of other rocks, mostly identical in nature, sitting just behind. The light is almost always a dull flat gray owing to Lincoln's east facing sunken location. Great for bouldering,lousy for video. I think Jon has done a pretty good job with the limitations of the area. I look forward to see if he can get something really good out of Switzerland,especially something without a hip-hop or techno soundtrack:)


Blackford said...

Wow, a bouldering video without techno or hip-hop in it. Is that allowed?

Peter Beal said...

Not just allowed, maybe even encouraged?

Brent Apgar DC said...

I'd have to say that the techno sound track probably peaked w/ the british bouldering vid "The Real Thing"

Unknown said...

We love hip hop :) What music would you want to hear?

Peter Beal said...

That is a very good question. I guess variety is a good plan. Or maybe a revival of the death-metal/ska soundtracks on the early Masters of Stone? :)