Who needs CGI when you have Chris Sharma and Dani Andrada as stuntmen? Watch these guys climb alongside 3,200-foot Angel Falls in Venezuela—the tallest waterfall in the world—in this exclusive rock climbing behind-the-scenes from the new Point Break. All climbing stunts in the film were done in real life—no CGI, no green-screen.
Sharma, who doubles as a climber for Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), calls the filming experience on Auyan Tepuy, site of Angel Falls, “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” in a previous interview with Rock and Ice. “Auyan Tepuy is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been.”
Andrada, of Spain, doubles as the other climber for Bodhi (played by Edgar Ramirez)—nemesis to lawman Utah.
Peter Croft, a well-known Canadian climber and soloist, was there as a backup climber and a stunt rigger for the shoot. His expertise helped to lend credibility to the free-soloing scenes. For these shots, the climbers were tied into thin Spectra line that could be digitized out.
The filming wasn’t all business though. Sharma, Andrada, Croft and the other climbers involved in the rigging found time for a little climbing on the side. They discovered an untouched boulderfield near camp and climbed during evenings or with headlamps at night.
“Overall we climbed a lot on the set, in between shots and in the evenings and of course for the film,” says Sharma. He put up the route, on the arête next to the falls, that’s featured in the film. “The arête we did was super amazing,” he says, “and [we did] some amazing hard face climbing 15 feet away from the raging falls, with 3,000 feet of air.” All bolts used in the filming were removed afterwards.
The new Point Break comes out on December 25. Visit pointbreakmovie.com for more information.
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