Thursday, November 16, 2006

Pick up the new Urban Climber Magazine to see my full feature length article on Chuck Fryberger

Though only a few of his previous films have seen international release, Specimen is his 9th feature length film. Several of these projects have also been scored by Chuck's DJ persona, Underground Chuck. On top of this, he has maintained a full-time commitment to the sport of climbing. He is what you would call a "semi-professional", with sponsors like Scarpa, Black Diamond, and Cloudveil Mountain Wear. Chuck's life during the school year is a time-management nightmare. Although he studies less than he should, he makes up for it by working extra hard in class and visiting his professors during office hours. He trains for climbing less than he should, but in a similar vein, he makes up for it by training in smaller intervals with higher intensity. Basically, he has little choice but to be a schizophrenic. multi-tasker, and winds up making compromises in several areas of life in an attempt to be good at everything.

Filmmaking is notoriously sleep-deprived endeavor, while bouldering is notoriously sleep-dependent. In a life of constantly finding balance and order he has been able to play the filmmaking, climbing and his music education off of each other, triple-dipping by using some of his climbing film projects as music composition exercises for his classes.

a day in the life of chuck in specimens pre-production days

6:30am - wake up, wish I was still asleep.
6:30 - 7:00. Phone calls to South Africa to work on Cars / House / Customs Time change makes this 4 - 5pm SA time.
7 - 7:30. Breakfast, watching FOX news... the most entertaining and least accurate news channel on TV. Laugh at FOX news.
7:30 - 8:30. E-mail. Always the endless details to take care of.
8:30 - 8:45. Assemble wherewithall to have a day at school.
9:00 - 9:30. Ride bus to school, study and talk on Cell phone while on Bus.
9:30 - 11:00. Music Theory II. wish I had more time to compose music.
11 - 12:30. Aerobic workout at the PE building.
12:30 - 1. Eat Lunch while making phone calls.
1 - 2:15. Performance Art and Experimental Music Class
2:15. vow to push the limits more in my creative work.
2:15 - 3:00. E-mail / study / cram session
3:00 - 4:15. Digital Music Techniques Class.
4:15 - 5. Audio Engineering Society Meeting.
5 - 8. Paradise Rock Gym. Train with Sarah and boulder.
8 - 9. Head Home and make dinner.
9 - 10. fight falling asleep while working on projects for tomorrow's classes.
10 - 10:30 talk with Sarah
10:30 pass out. Dream about boulders

Photo1: by Sarah Marvez
Photo2: Chuck sends "Oral Office" V12/13 Rocklands, ZA

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