I am writing this without a fully developed idea of what a video named 'I am not an athlete and this is not a film' would actually be about.
I suppose that, like bold statements of intent on bold routes, it is best to publicly state what you intend to do so it acts an impetus. I had wanted to make a podcast but having seen what Niall Grimes went on to do with 'Jam Crack' has stopped me in my tracks, go have a listen, it is brilliant.
I made a video in 2014 called The Gritual, it was meant to be a collection of footage of the Peak Grit season's hard ascents. I succeeded in collecting some relatively historic footage through a combination of luck, persistence and sacrifice of my own climbing. The need to finish for a showing at an event in Sheffield gave a deadline and, true to form, I produced the goods in haphazard fashion. The process of finishing the video and a foray into the commercial side of things very nearly dissolved any passion I had for making videos of any sort "He needs to look like he's trying!". My camera was outdated, my laptop could barely render and I became bitter. Fast forward to the present and I have sold most of my kit in order to pay off bills and not max out my overdraft, what's left is a 550d body and a borrowed lens*. The reason I want to make another video is that i'd like to capture a single scene, one fragment of a massive, constantly growing and evolving British climbing community. Once again it's a 'what my mates are doing video' but having a full time job and being too selfish to reduce personal climbing it has to be as convenient as possible. Of late I've been really inspired by Jen Randall's storytelling and editing skills as they are heartfelt, engrossing and simple enough as to be financially and academically achievable.
- Luke Passer