'Everest' Takes Audiences On Terrifying Journey To Top of The World
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“Everest” opens in theaters on Friday, Sept. 18, regaling audiences with a harrowing story, of which producers were keen to make as real as possible.
That meant Hollywood stars would make their way to Nepal to film various scenes and enjoy the frighteningly frigid conditions.
Now we previously highlighted the film’s trailer, which piqued our interest back in June. The short video truly captured our attention and mandated that we set aside time this month to watch the retelling of portions of Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air,” which recounts the 1996 Mount Everest disaster wherein eight people perished.
Since that time, Universal Pictures has been kind enough to drop a few more videos, which offer insight into the locations and behind-the-scenes conditions of filming.
A quick look at IMDB offers that cast and crew had to endure far more than just a stint in a studio — although a major portion of the film is shot in England’s Pinewood Studios.
The following featurette, for example, shows the movie’s actors well outside the confines of a temperature-controlled warehouse:
Jason Clarke, who plays Rob Hall in the film adaptation, puts it simply.
”You’ve go to go to Nepal. You’ve go to shoot in the mountains. You need real weather and snow,” he said.
Josh Brolin (Beck Weathers) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Scott Fischer) second that sentiment, offering that director Baltasar Kormákur did what he could to bring to life the arduous and, as the true-to-life story dictates, deadly task of conquering Mount Everest.
The real main character remains the ominous mountain that stands like an irresistible measuring stick in front of these climbers.
The following video touches upon one of the world’s most iconic and dangerous landmarks:
The above video features co-producer David Breashears, who was on the mountain in 1996.
He spoke with The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin on the tragedy as well as the film itself, tempering what the actors actually had to endure during the exhausting shoot.
On how closely the movie is to real life, Breashears states: “The term I would use is dramatized. Because it hews so closely to the story as I know it.”
Obviously, the movie is far removed from reality when you consider the actors’ itineraries.
Collin explains just how high the cast and crew made it: “The scenes at Everest’s summit were, for obvious reasons, not shot on location: instead, they were staged at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, with a green screen, an enormous fan, and industrial quantities of salt. But in Nepal, the cast and crew worked at altitudes up to 16,000ft, a day’s trek downhill from the Everest Base Camp.”
When it comes to actual climbing, “most of the exterior climbing scenes were filmed at a more manageable altitude of 6,500 ft in the Schnalstal valley in South Tyrol, on the Italian-Austrian border.”
Before you scoff at the altitude, Collin states that the area had its “heaviest snowfall in 100 years,” leading to missing tents when crew would return at the close of day.
The movie, in Breashears’ eyes, might offer a bit more than popcorn fodder. He tells Collin, “The message went out that this was a ruined country. And in showing the world this beautiful mountain, I’m hopeful it will bring visitors back again.”
From the brief snapshots of the blockbuster movie, it seems as though Kormákur and his crew did all they could to ring every last drop or realism from the icy apex of the world’s most menacing endeavor.
Despite teems of tourists flooding to reach its summit; Everest is not to be taken lightly. The movie’s production aims to make that a centerpiece of this captivating story.
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