This is the third year that the Deep Water Soloing has been held at Exeter and 2016 did not disappoint.

Sharp films were asked to cover the event with the basic brief of “make it look as awesome as it is”. Challenge accepted and we headed down to the Quay Climbing Centre where the event was being held. It was a fantastic event with a great turnout of spectators and competitors. Here is a little bit more info about what DWS is all about :

Whats it all about ?


 “The Quay is home to Deep Water Solo Exeter – the most unique climbing event in the UK climbing calendar!  This year the competition returns for another 3 days of seriously high quality climbing and a great fun day on Bank Holiday Monday (where anyone can enjoy the thrill of falling off a wall into water!).  Once again the routes will be set by the amazing team behind Blokfest.  Mike Langley, Gaz Parry, Gav Symonds and Ben West can once again be expected to work their magic, challenge all our competitors and keep a few surprises up their sleeves.

Last year’s ‘hanging ball’ and new ‘jump to the bell’ feature in the final kept competitors and spectators on the edge of their seats.  The standard of climbing was really high and the finals were closely fought. The competitors tackling the new speed climb and the most unusual dyno feature seen yet!”

The Shoot

It was a challenging shoot as I wanted to try and get some different angles that hadn’t been shot before. With the added danger of the water it was tricky to get exactly what I wanted but pushed as hard as possible. The weather, Like most of the time in the UK was very unpredictable and was sunny one moment and then hammering with rain the next. British people, being British people got there brolly’s out and kept cheering along. This really came out well in the film and showed the good spirit of the event. This was one of the first times the new camera, the Sony A7sii was used. it was a really good test to see what the camera was capable of; I extremely impressed with how well it handled the different light situations and  love the camera more every time I use it.

The Video

As well as creating promotional films Sharp Films specialises in covering Events. The Quay Climbing Centre loved the film that we created for them. They saw an improvement in social media engagement and views which was down to this video. Check out the video Sharp Films created for the DWS 2016 event. If your interested in your event being covered, please get in touch here.