Irish Adventure based film makers, Image Now Films ( Dublin) and Pat Falvey Production (Kerry) achieved a new world record of filming from a helicopter on K2 the second Highest mountain in the World to near on 8000 meters which is known to climbers as The death Zone.
'The Summit' film crew reach a new altitude record for aerial filming in a helicopter. Flying to an altitude of 23,500 feet (7,162m) on K2, Nick Ryan operated the Cineflex camera system mounted to the Pakistani Army Ecuriel helicopter, filming aerial footage of the shoulder above camp 4 and the Serac. Stephen O'Reilly in the backup helicopter reached an altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620m) from where he photographed the mountain.
The Summit: A film about the deadliest day on the worlds most dangerous mountain. The story of the death of 11 climbers on the ill-fated 2008 expedition to the summit of K2.
An epic journey, starting in Islamabad, the crew which consisted of Nick Ryan (director/producer), Stephen O'Reilly (Production manager/Camera), Mike Wright (Camera/Aviation engineer) and Nisar Malik (Pakistan co-ordinator), drove up the Karakorum Highway with 400kg of equipment to Skardu.
With the co-operation of the Pakistan Army aviation wing (5th Squadron), they flight tested the Cineflex equipment on Friday 22nd July and carefully observed the notorious weather patterns around K2. Monday the 25th was selected as a flight date, and the crew left the base at Skardu at 7.00am on the 50 minute flight to Paiju and then on to K2 where the mountain was completely clear, enabling the filming of some incredible aerial footage on the Cineflex Hi-Definition system (used extensively in the BBC series Planet Earth).
On behalf of all our production team we want to congratulate Nick and all on the ground in Pakistan for their amazing commitment and dedication of creating the final sequence of shots for our new film "The Summit"
This week we commemorate Ger's and Rolf's passing three years ago. May the R.I.P. Their friendship and love are still with us all of us that had the privilege of being part of their amazing lives..
Nick, was very emotional when speaking to him over the weekend as he gave account of this amazing feat,
"We were incredibly lucky to get the weather to see the mountain, as mostly you will see either the top or the bottom of it but not both. The light was fantastic, and winds low enough for safe flight and allow us to reach such great altitudes. The pilots are amongst the very best in the world and their knowledge of the region enabled this incredible journey. Their assistance and collaboration on the planning of the mission was fantastic. After three years of studying K2 in photos and video, to actually cast your eyes on the mountain was quite a moment. The shear scale of the mountain is breath-taking. To look down on the slopes of the south-east face and realise the climbers who never made it back are still resting there, was an emotional experience for me."
We are all delighted and are looking forward to seeing some spectacular footage from K2. Nick goes into the final stages of putting all the content together over the coming months and from what I have seen so far, the film is going to be gripping in it's telling an amazing story.
"The Summit " is a story of the struggle of man against the mountain. The cost of living in the god foresaken place known to climbers as the "death zone" the heroic events of a day that cost the lives of 11 climbers that struggled in the thin air of the worlds 2nd highest mountain K2.
For the 1st time ever the events are reconstructed by the unsung heroes of mountaineering history the talented Sherpas. Told through the featuring of interviews by those on the mountain on that ill fated day.
It will tell of Ger McDonnell a young and talented Irish climber who was
the first Irishman to summit K2, the worlds most treacherous
mountain on the 1st/ 2nd August 2008. He was killed on the descent
whilst attempting to rescue TWO Koreans and Sherpa Jumik.
Image Now Fims (Dublin) and Pat Falvey Production (Kerry) due for
Film release end 2011 early 2012.
TV Release 2013
DVD Release Late 2013.
This film is done in association with The Irish Film Board, RTE and The BBC