'Free Solo's Jimmy Chin Describes Filming Groundbreaking Climb in 'Behind the Screen' Podcast

The doc's co-director talks filming the climber's ambitious feat and editing over "700 hours of footage."
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Chin (left) with Honnold.

Jimmy Chin, a filmmaker and professional climber who co-directed and co-DPed the thrilling Oscar-nominated documentary Free Solo alongside his wife, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, is the guest on a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Behind the Screen podcast series.

Free Solo is an incredible look at the journey of professional rock climber Alex Honnold as he became the first person to free solo El Capitan, a 3,000-foot vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park.

Chin — also a professional climber, mountaineer and skier who has climbed and skied down Mount Everest — explains the challenge of filming, which required a team of camera operators who were also professional climbers. They captured an estimated 700 hours of footage.

Hosted by THR's tech editor Carolyn Giardina, the series features conversations with editors, cinematographers, production designers and other artists behind the making of motion pictures.

Hear it all below on Behind the Screen — and be sure to subscribe to the podcast to never miss an exciting episode.