Tuesday, 16 October 2012 13:55

The Summit K2 Film Trailer & Update

The deadliest day on the worlds most dangerous mountain. Premiering at the London Film Festival. Trailer for the feature documentary below.

The Summit was produced by Image Now Films and Pat Falvey  Productions, in association with Passion Pictures, Diamond Docs and Fantastic Films. It is also funded by Irish Film Board, RTE, BAI and BBC Storyville.

Directed and produced by Nick Ryan.

It has been chosen to screen as part of the official competition for a London Film Festival Grierson Award for Best Documentary.

" I like to send a personal thanks to all the team in the production of this film. Also to all who particapated in being part of this amazing story and for the support given by all of the families, climbers in the making of this film Documantary of The Summit" Pat Falvey

 

Thursday, 04 October 2012 17:19

The Summit K2 Film Trailer & Update

The deadliest day on the worlds most dangerous mountain. Premiering at the London Film Festival. Trailer for the feature documentary below.

The Summit was produced by Image Now Films and Pat Falvey  Productions, in association with Passion Pictures, Diamond Docs and Fantastic Films. It is also funded by Irish Film Board, RTE, BAI and BBC Storyville.

Directed and produced by Nick Ryan.

It has been chosen to screen as part of the official competition for a London Film Festival Grierson Award for Best Documentary.

" I like to send a personal thanks to all the team in the production of this film. Also to all who particapated in being part of this amazing story and for the support given by all of the families, climbers in the making of this film Documantary of The Summit" Pat Falvey

 

Published in TV & Video News

The Time Has Come

Ger McDonnell: His Life & His Death on K2
By Damien O’Brien

K2 is one of the world's most difficult and unpredictable mountains. At 28,251 feet, the world's second-tallest mountain, most climbers regard it as the ultimate achievement in mountaineering. On 1 August 2008 Ger McDonnell became the first Irish person to reach the summit of K2 as part of the Norit K2 team. But Ger and the other climbers didn’t know that below them an avalanche had swept away their ropes. Joy soon turned to dismay for the McDonnell family waiting by computers and phones as Ger’s status ‘Gerard Mc Donnell status unknown’ remained unchanged for what seemed an eternity.

The descent witnessed one of the worst tragedies in recent climbing history. Eleven climbers died, including Ger McDonnell. What exactly happened on that first day of August 2008? Could the disaster have been avoided? Echoing Ger’s final message before he set off for the summit, The Time Has Come pieces together the details of what happened that fateful day. Using eyewitness accounts, countless hours of interviewing surviving climbers, family, friends and others involved, photographic research and Ger’s writings, a compelling and revealing story of bravery and heroism in the face of terrible odds emerges. This epic account of 37-year-old Irishman Ger McDonnell reveals a man who was passionate about life and lived it to its entirety, a life that was short but filled with adventure.

Available through Collins Press nationwide soon.

 

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.

 

Pat Falvey

Executive Producer

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 18 November 2011 12:39

K2 Reconstruction Filming Switzerland

Pat Falvey Film/TV production

The Summit a feature documentary on the K2 tragedy on the 1st August 2008.

Pat Falvey Productions with our Partners Image Now Films have just completed the first major section of this film which is due for release by the end of 2011 for cinematic release and TV release end of 2012. The reconstruction was shot on the Eiger in Switzerland with a crew of 25 people. We will be posting further updates on our TV/Film section in the coming months on the progress of this and other adventure documentaries that we are working on. The film is being shot on a RED cinema camera and will contain interviews, reconstruction sequences of the summits days and real footage from 2008 on K2.

View some images from the shoot taken by Niall Foley in our gallery here

In Memory Of Ger McDonnell and Rolf Bae: This week we remember our good friends Ger McDonnell and Rolf Bae who died on K2 2nd August 2008. From their family and friends we have lost two great lovable people. Our thoughts are with their families.

Thoughts of Ger and  Rolf

I just cant believe that three years have gone by since Ger McDonnell and Rolf Bae have passed away on K2,  has had a hugh effect on my thinking of the risks we take especially when it goes to those that we leave behind., our families in particular,  yet we as adventurers would not be who we are unless we follow our dreams and passion. I want to take this opportunity  to say thank you to all of those that we love that understands the passion that we have or had as adventures.

This week I celebrate all the good memories of working, climbing and adventuring with two of the most gentle climbers I have known.

I think about their families and how much they miss them.

I have lost 14 friends on high altitude mountains over 8000 meters, but none has effected me as much as the death of Ger and Rolf.

They are gone to a more heavenly place, they are missed and yes their memory continues on in those of us who knew them. May they R.I.P and never be forgotten.

Pat Falvey

 

 

Published in Expedition News

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.

 

Pat Falvey

Executive Producer

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Published in Current Projects

Here is a link for anyone who didn't see last nights Ger McDonnell Nationwide special. Recommended viewing with a great insight to Gerards life and how he made a mark on everyone he met.

http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1081840

Wednesday, 29 September 2010 13:35

Ger McDonnell Nationwide Special 4th Oct 7pm

RTÉ's Nationwide celebrates local hero Ger McDonnell in special programme

Next Monday night (October 4th) at 7 pm, RTÉ One television will broadcast a special half hour Nationwide programme about the life, achievements and legacy of Kilcornan man, Ger McDonnell - the only Irish person to successfully summit K2 - the holy grail of mountaineers worldwide. Ger raised the Irish flag aloft on top of K2 on August 1st 2008, but tragically, he lost his life in the descent the very next day, heroically attempting to save the lives of three other climbers.

This special Nationwide programme includes never-before-seen footage shot by Ger himself on that final expedition. Local journalist Marian Malone talks to Ger's family and friends, fellow climbers, including the Dutch leader of the 2008 Norit expedition team and Paul Whiting of Mountain Rescue Ireland, who nominated Ger for the posthumously awarded Targa d’Argento Pinzolo Gold Medal - one of a raft of humanitarian awards he has received for bravery. The Targa d’Argento honours those who risk their lives for others in the mountains.

On August 2nd after being on the summit and bivouacking overnight above 8,000 meters (the so-called death zone), Ger found the descent rope anchor to be dislodged or broken. This caused two Koreans and a Sherpa climber to be suspended upside down on ropes below. Ger spent over three hours with an Italian, Marco Confortola, trying to assist. Eventually, Marco was forced to descend as he could do no more; he described the climbers to be like ‘puppets on a string’.

Marco witnessed Ger climbing back up to release the tension on the ropes. Unbelievably, after over another three hours, Ger managed to free the trapped climbers. They were met by two Sherpas who came up to assist their descent. An ice tower or serac gave way above and tragically swept Ger to his death. A second subsequent avalanche hit and claimed the lives of the other five climbers.

Mountain Rescue Ireland nominated Ger because on numerous occasions his concern and actions for fellow climbers embodied the spirit of mountain rescue and outstanding humanitarianism. Last Saturday night, Ger's mother was presented on his behalf with the Meteor Mid-West Media Merit Award at the Press Ball in Limerick.

Prior to making the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow man, Ger’s last dispatch on his website ended prophetically: “Let luck and good fortune prevail, fingers crossed.
Sin é anois a cháirde, tá an t-am ag teacht." Ger was 37 years old.

Produced by Pallaskenry-based local television company, Matt Kelly Productions, the Nationwide special airs next Monday night at 7pm on RTÉ One television.
Wednesday, 31 December 2008 00:00

Explorers Web team

A link to their tribute to Ger and all who were lost with the unfolding evidence and timelines of the events can be found below...

www.mounteverest.net/news.php?id=17919
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