I am back in Colorado’s Western slope right now. Getting my route strength (simply endurance) back and freshly moved into a new apartment. I am very happy at the moment.
But first…. a little about Andrew and Josh’s late film. A Fine Line.
I found this movie to be one of the best films I have seen in a good while. I have in some ways gotten pretty board of the standard climbing films. The usual “dude on rock” plot gets preeeeeetty boring. A little storyline or something captivating has been a hunger of mine in movies lately. Maybe it is because I have obtained a passion for film-making? Maybe it is because it can be hard to get super creative with climbing movies before people find them boring? Specimen? HA! Once in a while people will ask me to check out their videos (I love to be considered for some feedback). It was very refreshing when Andrew Kornylack and Josh Fowler asked me to review their latest film A Fine Line. Jimmy Webb and Brian Voges are the main characters and I found them to be very endearing and sincere. There was something just plain pleasant about two dudes in this climbing movie that weren’t “big-bad-paid-out-the-ass-pro-climbers”. These dudes are in it for the love and no ego was apparent. Peter Beal’s comments throughout the movie was a driving factor in the story as well and I have to say he added a LOT with his usual opinionated but relevant points. It was all shot with the Panasonic AF100′s and a Sony EX1 and all Nikon glass if I am not mistaken? This film raised the bar for me in terms of simplicity, story-line, and beauty. Bag all the goofy graphics and flying titles. Kill the filler and go for aesthetics and story. That is what I learned from this. Oh yeah… Dave Graham has a little cameo and Daniel Woods’ part was truly one of my favorites.
Hard boulder problems, great theories, motivation, camaraderie, real life as a climber, amazing camera work, and a great story. I recommend you all take a look at the trailer and cop it when it comes out. I watched it twice and honestly would like to watch it again soon. Great work Andrew and Josh. You inspired me.