Magazine article American Cinematographer

Film Crew Reaches Everest's Summit

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Film Crew Reaches Everest's Summit

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After thorough preparations, a MacGillivray-Freeman Films/Arcturus Motion Pictures climbing and film production team reached the 29,028-foot summit of Mt. Everest on May 23 [see earlier coverage in AC Aug. '95]. Cinematographer David Breashears was equipped with a 35-pound Imax MK II Lightweight camera powered by a special lithium cell battery. He shot 2 ½ minutes of 15 perf/65mm footage for the 40minute film Everest, which is scheduled for release in Imax and Iwerks theaters early in 1998.

Says an elated Breashears, "The thought of seeing the Himalayas projected 50 to 60 feet high is what kept me going. For the first time we're able to give audiences a real honest-to-goodness feeling of what it's like to be struggling for every breath at 26,000 feet."

Joining Breashears on the summit were expert mountaineer and filmmaker Robert Schauer of Graz, Austria; America's foremost Himalayan mountaineer, Ed Viesturs of Seattle; Jamling Tenzing Norgay of Darjeeling (son of Tenzing Norgay, who made the historic 1953 ascent with Sir Edmund Hillary); expert rock and ice climber Araceli Segarra Roca, the first Spanish woman to reach Everest's peak; Sweden's Goran Kropp; Lakpha Dorje Sherpa, leader of the indigenous Sherpas; a team of four Sherpa camera and climbing assistants; and Sherpa Ang Rita, who has now completed a recordbreaking 10 climbs of Everest. …

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