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What if He Falls? The Terrifying Reality Behind Filming “Free Solo” | Op-Docs
Filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin talk about the ethics and process behind filming what must have been the most stressful documentary to make of all time – free solo climber Alex Honnold climbing El Capitan in Yosemite Park. The filmmakers were faced with a genuine ethical dilemma of whether it is ok to film someone risking their life in such a way, and had to tailor the production around keeping Alex safe whilst also preserving the legitimacy of his experience.