Nat Geo Documentary Filmmakers on Battling the Elements to Capture Nature’s Extremes (Video)

“By far the hardest part was not physical, it was the emotional mental aspect of it,” Oscar-winning “Free Solo” director Jimmy Chin says

National Geographic documentarians put themselves in harm’s way every day. But before they set out into some of the world’s harshest climates and most dangerous scenarios, they have to prepare for the worst.

On Wednesday at The Grill, TheWrap’s annual entertainment and business conference, panelists including Jimmy Chin, director of the Oscar-winning documentary “Free Solo,” talked about the intense preparation that goes into shooting. “Free Solo” follows Alex Honnold as he tries to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan with no ropes.

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Margeaux Sippell

Margeaux Sippell

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