Filming at 21,000 Feet in Jimmy Chin & Chai Vasarhelyi's Sundance-Winning Doc 'Meru'

A three person crew is hard to imagine on a feature film production, much less at 21,000 feet in sub-zero temperatures.

That's exactly how much of the story in the Sundance Audience Award-winning documentary Meru was captured by three expeditioners: Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk, and Conrad Anker. No Film School sat down with the husband-and-wife co-directors, Chai Vasarhelyi, who's directed numerous award-winning documentaries, and Jimmy Chin, a world-renowned climber and photographer who marks Meru as his feature debut, to talk about the difficulties of filming in alpine conditions, to the growing aesthetic of POV in adventure filmmaking.

For your viewing pleasure, here is the trailer for Meru:

Thank you, Chai & Jimmy!

Have any of you filmed in remote locations, high off the ground? What was your experience?     

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February 21, 2015 at 1:15AM


I actually just got back from an incredible trip climbing the highest mountain on the western hemisphere Aconcagua. Jimmy Chin is defiantly one of my heroes and I can't wait to see his film. For me the biggest challenges is not only climbing and being safe but when everyone else is resting your always setting up a camera for a time-lapse or filming an epic view. If you care here is the teaser from the trip;

February 21, 2015 at 5:32PM

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