Add news
March 2010April 2010May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021May 2021June 2021July 2021August 2021September 2021October 2021November 2021December 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022April 2022May 2022June 2022July 2022August 2022September 2022October 2022November 2022December 2022
News Every Day |

Don’t Be “a Glorified Security Camera”: Cameron Maier on Being a Climbing Filmmaker

Don’t Be “a Glorified Security Camera”: Cameron Maier on Being a Climbing Filmmaker

In 2012, Cameron Maier (@Bearcam) found himself in a unique position: He was a recent college graduate, had a small financial cushion thanks to his college trail crew job, and was close friends with some of the best rock climbers in the world, most notably Dave Graham. So he bought a camera and decided to “just hang out with Dave” and see if he could support his climbing by making films. “I remember I made a video of Dave and Jimmy [Webb] and Daniel [Woods] up in Upper Chaos. I posted it and was like, ‘Oh, wow, people watch these things.’”

Since then, Maier has become a fixture in America’s climbing video scene, working with countless of the world’s top climbers and brands while evolving stylistically away from the simple beta videos that were once his bread and butter. Films like Stone Spirit, for instance—sponsored by the North Face and appearing on Mellow’s YouTube in 2020—take a moody, stylized, and narratively oblique approach to climbing film. (You’re literally 11 minutes into it before someone actually sends one of those beautiful Swiss boulders.) And in more recent videos, he has begun blending psychedelic lights and mystical storylines with more traditional climbing footage, creating films like The Crystal, which takes a hallucinogenic approach to Dave Graham’s twin interests in crystal hunting and bouldering, and the forthcoming Sta Linya Power, which trippily chronicles Jonathan Siegrist’s trip to Spain last spring. 

Climbing caught up with Maier to chat about his career, his film philosophy, and the advice he has for up-and-coming artists in the climbing space.


Climbing: How has the scene changed over the course of your career? Has competition gotten bigger? And have the opportunities for sales changed?

Maier: So much has changed. When I started out, I sold videos to Dead Point Magazine and Momentum Video Magazine. Places like that were an editorial go-between: They were getting money from the advertisers and then paying me for the videos. Epic TV was doing the same thing for a while. [But] now I go directly to the brands. I work directly with the brands, and I write everything out first. 

In the beginning I was still learning how to make money. I remember asking Dave how I could go on the Australia trip and he was like, “You’ve got to have $4,000 a month for expenses,” and I was like, “Oh…man.” So I would stack three to four clients per trip. I’d be making a video with Dave, but also with Nalle and whoever else, and I’d be selling photos. The reason I do both photo and video is that I get two sales: I now sell the video beforehand; but if I get good photos, I can sell those too; and I work with multiple sponsors per trip.

Cameron Maier in front of "Off the Wagon" while shooting his North Face film "Stone Spirit."
Cameron Maier in front of “Off the Wagon” while shooting his North Face film “Stone Spirit.” (Photo: Kevin Takahashi Smith)

Climbing: Did you have any background in photography or film?

Maier: No, I was pretty self-taught, but I loved making photos and videos of climbing. I have all these wacky videos from before 2012. But I try to keep learning. I did a filmmaker workshop with Werner Herzog just last year. I didn’t go to film school and didn’t have much in the way of mentors—just a few here and there—but if you invest time and educate yourself by doing workshops or looking for inspiration outside your niche, that can help.

Climbing: What advice might you have for newer filmmakers?

Maier: One thing I did, for sure, was that I was pretty consistent. I made a lot of videos. There were periods of time where I was putting out a video every other week. I was really getting my reps in. I went out and filmed and took photos. If you can find some mentors along the way, that’s great—but I think that’s rare in our industry because it’s so competitive. I learned a lot just by doing things—especially doing all those Island videos with Dave. And I definitely spent a lot of time out there with the guys. I put the time in. Time is your main resource when you’re starting out. I mean, my first trip to South Africa was like two months long—which is long. During the first month, I was like “What am I doing? This is too much.” But then I got more into a groove.

Climbing: Is that normal for the industry, doing long trips?

Maier: I’ve always done longer trips, but I feel like most filmmaker friends of mine don’t. They show up and do three-to-five-day shoots, trying to get the most for their money. But I try to give time on my shoots. I mean, you’re in a beautiful place. What’s the rush to leave? I noticed a difference in the relationships, the amount of trust the athletes give you, when you’re really there. Also: Pro climbers—with their schedules, motivations, and weather concerns—they’re moving at their own pace. The guy who’s trying to get in and get out and make a quick buck—I’ve never seen that pan out that well.

Climbing: How are things now? You’re taking a different approach to climbing film these days—more artsy. Is that characteristic of all your work now? 

Maier: I think with most of my work—like three quarters—I’m trying to imprint with a bit more stylization to make it stand out. The climbing media world is not too crazy. It’s made by older white guys who also climb who’re only looking at other climbing films. So I think there’s room to stand out, to write a fun and interesting story. With the crystal piece, for instance, I had these crystals talking to Dave, telling him how to do the boulder. And that also gave us something to work on when he wasn’t climbing; while I was waiting for him to send it. But what I learned, from people like Werner, is that I don’t want to be a “glorified security camera” to the world’s best climbers.

You’re doing yourself a disservice if the climber can set up a GoPro and film it just as well themselves. You’ve got to find a cool angle or a cool story or something interesting to say. I’m thinking, how else can I grow in my craft? And the answer is writing and getting other sources of inspiration. I’m still fully in the climbing genre and climbing world, showcasing cool climbing. But it’s not just a send video. From a film theory point of view, I’m just trying to do something different, and I’m grateful to be able to do so.

The post Don’t Be “a Glorified Security Camera”: Cameron Maier on Being a Climbing Filmmaker appeared first on Climbing.

Read also

Bronx DA secures additional plea deals in Junior case

Pro-Life Hospital Chaplain Fired After Social Media Posts Condemning Abortion

Killer mistake costs Sharks in gut-wrenching loss to Toronto Maple Leafs

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on

News Every Day

I make $1,000 a month by promoting Amazon products on social media. It only takes 5 hours per week — here's how I set up my side hustle. — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here

News Every Day

I make $1,000 a month by promoting Amazon products on social media. It only takes 5 hours per week — here's how I set up my side hustle.

Sports today

Новости тенниса

Казахстанский теннисист совершил взлет в рейтинге ATP

Спорт в России и мире

Телефестиваль «Песня года – 2022»


All sports news today


Sports in Russia today


Первая релокация Дядюры. Любовь к футболу привела в Ульяновск московского дирижера

Новости России

Game News

Warhammer 40K: Darktide PC performance tips: Turn off ray tracing and pray


Investment Leaders Forum & Award: проект «Мой гектар» стал лучшим предложением года

Губернаторы России
Лионель Месси

Капитан сборной Мексики по футболу поддержал Месси после угроз Альвареса

Заботливые политики помогут предотвратить эпидемии и войны?! Рекомендации проекта Служба общей информационной безопасности, Анатолий Голод

Авиарейсы в Архангельск с 1 мая будут приниматься на запасном аэропорте

В Нижегородском районе можно будет парковаться бесплатно с 1 по 7 января

Интервью с военным журналистом Артуром Геворкяном: история и аналитика

Жена Джигана рассказала, сколько платьев она сменит на своей будущей свадьбе

Оркестр Дедов Морозов замечен в Нижнем Новгороде

Клава Кока, Шип и другие знаменитости выступят на Матче Звезд КХЛ

Певец Данко и Юрий Лоза оценили шансы группы Little Big стать популярной в США

Российская теннисистка Шнайдер выиграла первый турнир WTA в карьере

Карлос Алькараз, Хольгер Руне и Джек Дрэйпер претендуют на две награды ATP по итогам сезона-2022

Феликс Оже - лучший с 2015 года теннисист по числу матчей за сезон в ATP-Туре

Путинцева подобралась к топ-50 рейтинга WTA

СРОЧНО! Парламент Франции единогласно принял резолюцию в поддержку Армении и за введение санкций против Азербайджана

Творческие коллективы Химок стали лауреатами конкурса «МиР — Музыка и Развитие»

Интервью с военным журналистом Артуром Геворкяном: история и аналитика

Шифр расшифрован! Механизм и спасение от эпидемии коронавирусов

Группа Аквилон построила «зеленый» ЖК в Новой Москве

РБК: денежный рынок на Мосбирже остался почти без долларов и евро

Ульяна Ульянова из Ульяновска шла к короне «Королевы России» в костюме Ксении Собчак

Олег Хорохордин принял участие в форуме межрегионального сотрудничества России и Казахстана

Как вывести жирные пятна с джинсов за несколько минут: самые действенные методы

Овчинский: московская компания увеличила объем производства детской одежды в семь раз

Москва аккумулирует инвесторов // Поставить городу батарей на 130 млрд рублей хотят сразу три госкорпорации

Ипотечный платеж в Екатеринбурге может вырасти на 12 тысяч рублей

Путин в России и мире

Персональные новости

Сергей Брановицкий

Аранжировка Музыки и Песен

News Every Day

Billionaire investor Howard Marks touts a bargain boom as interest-rate fears grip markets - and predicts a surge in companies going bankrupt

Friends of Today24

Музыкальные новости

Персональные новости