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Louder Than 11 is an ensemble company which has become synonymous with creating a amazing climbing videos. Jordan Shipman, one of the founders of Louder Than 11, took the time to answer a few questions for us.

How and when did Louder Than 11 begin?

I discovered climbing while I was studying theatre performance in college. I started Louder Than 11 in 2008 a couple years after I finished school. I wanted to do something that gave me an outlet for my creativity but also allowed me to build my life around the sport I had become so passionate about. Not quite a year into getting started I ran into none other than THE Jon Glassberg out at the boulders in Hound Ears, NC. I had my camera with me and shot some footage of him putting up a new boulder, Living Spree (V9). I made a short video of the send and got really creative with some special FX (they were pretty bad at the time but no one else was trying anything like that). I sent the video to Jon and he loved it. We started working on more projects together and it became clear we both shared the same passions and formed the partnership that is now Louder Than 11.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get involved in filmmaking?

My advice to anyone wanting to get involved in film making is to get a camera and start making movies. Make anything. Dont worry about whether or not it is good or bad. Just set deadlines for your projects and stick to them. Get it done and put it out there for people to see. Dismiss anyone who sprays you with negativity. Screw them. It doesn’t matter how many people don’t get it. It only matters how many people do. Be fearless. Try new things. Understand that it is going to take time to develop and learn. That is OK. If you work to get things done and practice you will naturally get better over time. Its important to experiment and try new things. Its a really bad idea to try and follow some one else’s formula because you’re never going to hit their mark.

How do you find inspiration for you films?

That’s a good question. Anything and everything gives us inspiration. We love movies and cinema in general so we get a lot from the films we watch. Of course there is an abundance of content on the internet that we get assaulted with every day. We see lots of cool stuff that inspires us that way. Our ideas always evolve as we work on them too. Plant seeds and then through collaborating with others it evolves into something new. That’s a cornerstone of the LT11 creative process. Collaboration. We inspire each other.

Louder Than 11 - 2012 Hueco Rock Rodeo

You’ve been very active recently filming both indoor competitions and outdoor projects, which do you enjoy shooting most?

Well, I can’t say that I enjoy one more than the other. We have different goals when shooting indoor comps vs when we shoot a production outside. When we shoot outside it’s a much longer creative process and also involves a lot of participation in front of the camera as well. That’s a lot of fun. When we shoot an indoor comp it’s an all out hyper organized production assault requiring a quick turn around time. Much of the creative process happens before the event and is then executed very quickly. I love indoor comps because of how quickly they happen and how fast we can put out a product for people to enjoy. I like the immediate feedback you get. With an outdoor feature like Park Life for example, it’s an opportunity to create something much more lasting. You have more time to experiment and try new things and grow as an artist and filmmaker. Ultimately it’s two different ways of working and creating and I enjoy both and developing both styles.

What has been your favourite project to work on?

Oooh. Man. I don’t know. Hmm. The web promo videos we did for the Heart Ov Zteel (someone please revive that comp) was one of my favorite projects. I love the work we did on Park Life. I loved what we did with ABS Nationals 2012. I have lots of favorites for different reasons but I feel like I begin to detach from the work we have done in the past over time because I’m constantly pushing to get better . . . but I think that’s a good thing.

Where is your favourite place to film and climb?

So far it has to be Yosemite. I think the rock is some of the best quality I’ve ever touched. The valley is beyond majestic. I loved shooting the bouldering there because it was all very accessible. Lighting was a challenge. Some boulders were hard to shoot. But anywhere you go there will always be challenges.

Where in the world would you like to shoot a film?

Anywhere and everywhere 🙂 I’d really like to explore some more of South America. Ever since we shot a video in Colombia Ive been enchanted with that continent. I would love to go to Chile, Brazil and back to Colombia!

What has been your worst experience whilst filming?

We were doing this big wall shoot in the alpine here in Colorado for a project that still hasn’t finished yet. It was supposed to be a pretty casual shoot but our climber got hit with altitude sickness out of nowhere and just destroyed him while he was on the wall climbing an off width. He actually passed out with his body jammed in the crack. He came to and was able to get his body out of there but he was too weak to finish the route so the shoot turned into a bit of a rescue mission. Don’t really want to go through that again.

You’ve worked with some of the world’s best climbers, is there anyone you haven’t worked with but would like too?

Oh, yeah. Tons of people I’d love to work with. I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

We know you enjoy filmmaking and climbing, but what don’t we know about Louder Than 11?

I’m not sure. I feel like we are pretty open and transparent. We work a lot. Constantly. Most of that time is in front of the computer. Jon and I are roommates and there is a hot blonde that lives in our basement. I’m not kidding.

What’s on you iPods at the moment?

Jon is on a serious hardcore metal kick lately and I’ve been listening to Lil Wayne, Chevelle and Gotye.

What next for Louder Than 11?

We are working on a lot of stuff but I don’t want to say too much. We are working on the motion graphics for Chuck Fryberger’s new film coming out this fall, The Network. We have our own project we will be shooting all summer in the alpine that will come out in the fall but I can’t say any more than that for now . . . but I will say I am more excited about that project than any other climbing movie we have ever done.

Thank you very much to Jordan for taking the time to answer these questions.

To find out more about Louder Than 11 visit their website, lt11.com or you find them on facebook and twitter.

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