The aerial cinema experts at Teton Gravity Research release the first ultra HD footage of the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft. with the GSS C520 system, the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system in the world. Filmed from a helicopter with a crew flying from Kathmandu at 4,600 ft. up to 24,000 ft. on supplemental oxygen, these are some of the most stable, crisp, clear aerial shots of these mountains ever released, which include Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse.
Sound design and mix by Jeff Cormack at Play+Record
“¿Huayhuash?¿¡Huayhuash con bici’s!? No. No noooo… Es imposible.” In the winter of 2014, three friends set out on a self supported ride, looking for nothing more than a truly genuine experience. The goal: to circumnavigate one of the most wonderful and wicked mountain ranges in the world – the Huayhuash, by bicycle.
This was all a spur of the moment idea; part of the vicious cycle of making every adventure more thrilling than the last. January was the off-season, or rainy season, for the Andes so the wilderness would be completely desolate. The three friends hoped to be the second group to complete this trek on bikes. However, they underestimated the relentless weather they would encounter as they traveled for a week above treeline.
The friends tagged first descents down rocky couloirs and 16,000ft passes, watched sunrises against the tallest peaks in the country, and slept to the sounds of serac fall at night.
In the end, they didn't quite make it as far as they had hoped. Between rain storms, concussions and waving guns the Huayhuash had ripped at their eager ambitions. A sense of wonder was fulfilled and the friendship of three adventure loving friends was reinforced. Huayhuash is the story of genuine adventure and the challenges that come along with it.
Director: Joey Schusler
Filming: Joey Schusler & Thomas Woodson
Written By: Thomas Woodson & Joey Schusler
Narration: Joey Schusler
Edit: Thomas Woodson & Joey Schusler
Design: Thomas Woodson & Human Design
Music: Thomas Kenny & Marmoset Music
Sound Design: Keith White Audio & Ryan Prater
Produced By: Joey Schusler
Executive Producers: Bike Magazine, 5Point Film, Human Design
With Support From: Yeti Cycles, Smith Optics, 5 Point Film, Bike Magazine
In Association With: Outdoor Research, Big Agnes, CamelBak, GoPro, The Feed, Revelate Designs, Big Tree Farms
Camera: Sony FS700, Canon 5DIII, Canon 7D, & GoPro Hero 3+
Run Time: 13 mins.
Date of Completion: April 2014
Vimeo Staff Pick 2014
Best Adventure Award: 2014 Adventure Outdoor Fest
Best Emerging Filmmaker Award: 2014 Boulder Adventure Film Festival
Official Selection - 2014 5Point Film Festival
Official Selection - 2014 Dutch Mountain Film Festival
Official Selection - 2014 A4B Film Festival
Official Selection - 2014 Bicycle Film Festival New York
Official Selection - 2014 Lima Mountain Film Festival
Official Selection - 2014 Boulder Adventure Film Festival
Official Selection - 2014 Adventure Film Festival
Official Selection - 2014 Adventure Outdoor Festival
Official Selection - 2014 Chamonix Adventure Festival
Official Selection - 2014 Luxembourg Bicycle Art & Film Festival
Official Selection - 2014 Sydney Rides Film Festival
Official Selection - 2014 Adventure Awards Days
Official Selection - 2014 Rocky Spirit Film Festival
Official Selection - 2014 Moab Ho-Down Film Festival
Official Selection - 2015 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival
Official Selection - 2015 Fernie Mountain Film
What does astronaut see from up there? From the red soil of africa, the blue water of oceans, to the green lights of the poles and yellow light of human activity, discover, throught this journey to space, something astoundingly beautiful and strange at the same time.
I wanted to do something different from what has been done before with those shots. Something more dynamic and fast. After all, ISS travel through space at 28.000km/h! There are also more recent footage that have never been used (at least I think...) in other edits.
All the credit goes to the crew members of ISS expeditions 28, 29, 30, 31, 34, shot from 2011 to 2014.
The international Space Station weigh 377 tons, orbits the earth at around 350km from the surface, and does one spin around the earth in 1h30, at 28.000k/h! At 1'11 we can see a little refueling shuttle desintegrating back to earth. At 1'20, it's an Orbital Science's Cygnus Orb-2 spacecraft that is launched into orbit. The little green and purple lights you can see at 1'57 are respectively fishing boats and oil platforms offshore with the big city of Bangkok nearby.
All the footage (around 80GB of pictures) was processed throught after effects/premiere, denoised for some shots, removal of dead pixels for some shots, deflickering, and simple color grading (didnt want to change the already incredible look! just curves, saturation, and some blue crushing). Don't hesitate to comment and ask questions about the video!
You can download the video for personal use if you want, but please DON'T put it on other platforms (YT, daily...), and if you embed it, credit the "Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center", and my website.