CBS's Jeff Glor recently interviewed Pete Mortimer, known mostly for his work on this Citibank Commercial and the 60 Minutes special on free solo climber Alex Honnold. In this interview, Pete discusses the mental attitude needed for his line of work, and emphasizes how crucial safety is while dangling off of a rock. During the interview, a rock actually breaks loose in a brief moment of danger, which illustrates just how dangerous things can become. Embedded video in the full post.
Pete takes Jeff Glor up the side of a rock wall in Eldo Canyon for the interview, which is a great idea. What better way to help someone understand the pressure and care that goes in to safely working in dangerous environments. Pete talks about the challenge of following climbers into some really tough areas, but then having to shoot with high-end gear to create epic, memorable images. You can see the Sender Films crew working with Canon DSLRs while Jeff points out that Pete's crew must work with small, lightweight equipment.
The film festival that is eluded to by Jeff at the end of the video is the Reel Rock Film Tour. I watched this year's film just a few weeks ago, and to call it amazing would be an understatement. If you're into this kind of work, I'd definitely recommend checking it out.