A Sneak Peak At Between The Trees

A Sneak Peak At Between The Trees

Keith Bradbury from UncleSomebody sent me a copy of his soon to be released movie Between The Trees the other day and asked me to give it an “honest” review.  I was more than happy to do so since I was already eagerly looking froward to seeing how he told the story of Ty Landman’s impressive trip to the bouldering mecca of Fontainebleau.  Unfortunately, I ran out of time in the run up to my Hueco trip, and I was only able to half watch the movie as I did 50 other things on my computer.  Since I couldn’t give the movie my full attention I can’t give a full review, but I can share a few quick thoughts.

From a visual standpoint the movie looks good, but the Reel Rock Tour and movies like Progression have set the bar almost impossibly high when it comes to climbing film making.  One comes to expect sweeping visuals and many different angles, but that’s not possible for every filmmaker.  Overall, Bradbury does a good job considering that the “film crew” mainly consisted of himself and a lone camera.

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The main aspect of the movie that I missed in my multi-tasking was the overall storyline.  I can’t really say that it worked or not since I missed a lot of what was being said in between problems.  From what I did see, the interviews were mostly interesting and I enjoyed that fact that Landman often pointed out how it’s not always the most difficult line that is the most satisfying to send.

The one thing I can assure you of is that there are a lot of problems shown in the almost 70 minute movie.  From a climbing porn standpoint alone the movie should be very intriguing to anyone that has wanted to see more of the bouldering in Font.  The grades of the problems shown are almost irrelevant because Landman makes most seem effortless, but they do range from moderate up to V14.

BTT will be available soon from the UncleSomebody website as either an HD download (roughly $20 US) or a DVD (roughly $25 US including shipping).  As is the norm these days, the DVD comes with extras you won’t get if you go the download route.  I was only able to watch a couple of the extras so I can’t say if they justify the extra cost of buying a DVD.  One of the clips I saw featured Landman talking about some of his climbing philosophies, while the other showed some additional problems.  Promising, but I need to see the rest before I can decide one way or the other.  My guess is that most people who buy the movie will go the download route as that is just easier.

I’ll try to provide an update when I get the chance to watch the movie again.

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25 Responses to A Sneak Peak At Between The Trees

  1. Mathieu November 5, 2009 at 10:00 am #

    If i have the choice between this and “Progression” for the same price… I mean, what’s the point of buying this ? I really wanna see it, but I think it’s too expensive for a “semi-professional” movie.

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    • Alex Savage November 5, 2009 at 11:01 am #

      Depends on what you want to see. If you want a general climbing flick with a lot of different locations and styles then you’d have to go with Progression. If you’re psyched on font (I am since I’ll be taking my first trip in February), then you should buy Between the Trees.

      Also the Progression DVD is $29 and I don’t think that includes shipping. You should also recognize that $20-29 is a pretty small amount of money to pay considering the amount of work it takes to film and edit a full length climbing video.

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  2. chris schulte November 5, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    it’s about content, and place.

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  3. Matt November 5, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    I would much rather see this than progression (although I have seen progression) I am so psyched for this film. I think there is alot to learn not only from the natural style Tyler has on the rock but also the maniacal devotion Keith brings to his climbing and film making. I will order the dvd and support a fellow climber. I would love to see more movies like this, featuring one area with tons and tons of problems. I think someone should make one for Joe’s. It makes getting psyched up that much easier….

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  4. Lee November 5, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    Personally, I don’t think you should have released this ‘review’ until you had taken the time to actually watch it all. You’re usually pretty darn solid Narc, but this was just half arsed.

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  5. snuff November 5, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    After watching Progression, I felt like I was robbed. Didn’t they just use the same story line as The Sharp End with less substance? This move looks like it might be a bit different from the norm. It might not be worth the purchase, but at least it is different.

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  6. gOD November 5, 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    @ snuff, I don’t think it followed the same story line as The Sharp End. I think Progression followed the same story line as Dosage !.

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  7. Phunk November 5, 2009 at 11:09 pm #

    I’m with Lee on this one. Not your usual standard, Mr Narc.

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  8. sweatpants November 6, 2009 at 12:44 am #

    Hold your tongues fools. I’m so fucking tired of people critiquing websites and the people that run them. The Narc puts tons of time and energy into this thing and to be self righteous does nothing but satisfy yourself for speaking your minds. No one cares what you think and it is unfair. Not only does he acknowledge that this was something that he did halfheartedly (just to give you ungrateful turds something to read) but he also said that he would do a full one when he gets back from his trip. It’s just stupid to even voice your whiny opinion about a someone that devotes half or more of his free time to doing this for people like you.
    peace,
    John Freaney

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    • steve schultz November 6, 2009 at 9:52 am #

      I’m with you sweaty. People need to calm down and stop bashing Narc for giving you guys something to read while you waste away your time at work.

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  9. Eggbert November 6, 2009 at 10:13 am #

    I’m one of the addicts, to both this blog and Steve’s blogs, so keep it up Narc! Feed the beast! ce

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  10. GoD November 6, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    Freany, how have you been? If you’re the Freany I’m thinking of, you used to climb at VE in Warrenville. Strong like a moose.

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    • sweatpants November 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm #

      I’m doing well dude! Who exactly is this? If I may correct you it is ‘strong like an antelope’! 🙂

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  11. Crafty November 6, 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    Thanks for the sneak peak, Narc. But honestly, I have to agree with Lee. If Bradbury asked you to do a proper, honest critique, after mailing you an early copy, then you should have done so, or waited until you had the time to do so before posting. Giving your impressions, while definitely a well-meaning and kind-hearted effort (seriously), hurts both your credibility and those who will use your review as something to help determine whether or not they will buy this film.

    Not trying to bash anyone. Keep up the otherwise very professional work!

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  12. Eggbert November 6, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    Strong like moose, dumb like bull. lol

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    • sweatpants November 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm #

      must we be so harsh? weak dude. I don’t make fun of you for being old like a geezer… oh wait, I guess I do.

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      • steve schultz November 9, 2009 at 9:33 am #

        No no, strong like Oxen! Dumb like cupcake.

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  13. Phunk November 7, 2009 at 1:08 am #

    I apologize for posting my opinion here in the comments section, sweatpants.

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  14. sweatpants November 7, 2009 at 3:06 pm #

    You’re right phunk. I must have mis-spoke.

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  15. Narc November 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    It’s all good fellas. I appreciate the feedback, both positive and negative.

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  16. Daniel November 9, 2009 at 2:49 am #

    It’s finally ON. http://www.unclesomebody.com/blog/?page_id=342

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  17. Reggie November 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    Like Daniel already said, Between The Trees is finally available from Unclesomebody.com!

    I have been waiting for this day for a long time, and can happily report that the film is all I hoped it would be, and much more…

    For anyone that’s concerned about shelling out their hard earned for the work of a “semi-professional”, I can tell you that in my humble opinion, this film is far far superior to the recent offerings from the usual big players.

    The story is intriguing, the shots beautifully framed (a welcome change from the point and shoot oh too often seen in climbing movies) and the final film slickly edited.

    Oh and I nearly forgot about the main event – a collection of the most dismaying sends of hard boulders I have ever seen!

    Tyler Landman comes across supremely well on camera, appearing modest, funny and sickeningly talented. It is immediately clear that Tyler simply loves climbing, regardless of the difficulty, grade, or any of the other aspects of our sport that often take the limelight. I really enjoyed listening to his thoughts.

    I have been lucky enough to climb in Fontainebleau before, and so know how much of a beautiful and special place it is. Uncle has done a great job in capturing just what makes this place magical and I for one am more psyched then ever to go back.

    Buy the film, you wont be disappointed

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  18. peter b November 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    If anyone is following this thread still, I have a review of the film at my blog:

    http://www.mountainsandwater.com/2009/11/between-trees-review.html

    An interview with Keith and Ty will follow shortly.

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    • Luke November 17, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

      Peter,

      Really enjoyed your review. Probably sold the movie for me. Ill get it soon. Too many movies that attempt to be like the Big UP productions and fall short.

      Glad to hear that this movie offers a more artistic approach. I have enjoyed Keith’s short films and hope this movie will be even better!

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      • peter b November 17, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

        Luke,
        I think you will really like it if you have seen his films on Vimeo and liked those.

        Peter

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