New Indoor Climbing Short Coming From Big Up Productions

New Indoor Climbing Short Coming From Big Up Productions

Last weekend at Central Rock Gym in Worcester, MA Josh and Brett Lowell from Big Up Productions collaborated with gym owner Joe Hardy in an attempt to create a short film that will highlight indoor climbing.  Adam Roy of Matador Sports was on hand to provide some background on how the idea came about:

Big UP had filmed segments on gym training and climbing competitions for their movies, and for years, Josh had wanted to make “something really stylized and careful about indoor climbing.”

“There are a lot of people now who only climb indoors. To them, climbing is climbing in a gym,” he [Josh Lowell] says. “It’s surprising that no one’s put the effort in yet to make it look cool.”

After a couple of conversations with Hardy, Josh Lowell and Big UP were in. They got together a cast of four of the best young sport climbers on the competition circuit: besides Robinson and Vorotnikov, Big UP brought in national sport climbing champion Sasha DiGiulian, and 8-year-old competitive climber Ashima Shiraishi. Josh convinced Prana and several other climbing gear makers to sponsor the film, and Hardy offered up his gym for the shoot.

It remains to be seen how exciting a film about indoor climbing can be, but if anyone is up to the challenge it’s the guys from Big Up.  The short film will be released online for free sometime in April.

Check out the post on Matador Sports for the full write-up

Update: Write-up from routesetter Chris Danielson

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13 Responses to New Indoor Climbing Short Coming From Big Up Productions

  1. Dylan Colon March 10, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    So, after watching this, am I likely to get an urge to go climb as soon as possible (typical for Big Up movie), IN A GYM?

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  2. Matt March 10, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Well.. The setup would definitely be easier. Easier to get rigs and equipment in, less dangerous. They’ll certainly save a lot of costs on transportation and filming.

    I have faith in Big Up that the short will be great but, I can’t see it making me want to climb in the gym. Make me want to climb, yes. But in the gym… Not so much.

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  3. paul March 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    didnt use the photo of me upside down in the bat hang!? hahahaha

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  4. john knoernschild March 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    LOL. Sorry, but this just screams Lame. Training in the gym can be boring enough. Definitely don’t want to watch it 🙂

    I guess those gym only climbers will appreciate it.

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  5. Narc March 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    I think that an idea like this touches on something Jamie posted on B3bouldering last year. Namely that as climbing expands and gyms become more prevalent, indoor climbing is going to become more of an “ends” if you will for some climbers. Obviously those of us who love the outdoor aspect can and will continue to do that but for some pushing their limits indoors will be all there is.

    Either way, I’m interested in seeing what Big Up is able to put together and as it won’t cost me anything I’ll look forward to checking it out.

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  6. Sean March 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Queue the tradster negativity. Speaking as someone who really likes climbing outdoors, gym bashing is lame. They’re not the same thing, much like terrain park skiing is NOT backcountry/big mountain skiing which is NOT mogul skiing which is NOT racing/slalom/GS skiing. But yet they’re all done with skis on your feet, and have a bit of overlap.

    At least 90% of the climbing population can’t climb outdoors ALL the time for myriad reasons (weather, proximity to good outdoor climbing, etc.) So, if you can’t manage to have ANY fun pulling on plastic, sucks for you!

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  7. greg March 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    def. wont watch this one by any means.

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  8. God March 12, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    Koolbeans yo . . . . Cant wait 2c a climbing movie in 3D

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  9. Rob March 16, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    this is great news for climbing industries in countries where climbing is not very big or commercialised, for instance here in australia. although we have some excellent world class climbers here and a growing mass of people interested in the sport, a video like this (especially being free!) will help boost interest numbers in our sport. good on Big UP for taking this initiative. don’t diss it people, this video is great news.

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  10. Dan March 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    to hate on the gym and say real rock is the only real way to climb is just as deuschy as “that guy” who says classic rock is the only real type of music. no one likes that guy. unzip your mind down your spine to your behind

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  11. oddly May 28, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    First trad turned to sport. Then sport turned to bouldering. Now climbing has gone from outside in nature to indoors in stale climates.

    “Remember when sex was safe and climbing was dangerous”

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  12. Phenix August 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

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