Beautiful but Terrifying: Kayaking Over a Waterfall

Seven filmmakers hunt for the perfect waterfall -- and the perfect shot. 

Trekking through the Tlapocayan jungle in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, seven men from Forge Motion Pictures brave bugs and inclement weather to capture water in its most natural, most treacherous state: the waterfall.

Directed by Anson Fogel and Skip Armstrong, the video below reveals how Cascada’s filmmakers went to extreme lengths for the perfect nature shot, with cameramen suspended off of a highline strung between two cliffs to catch the one-man kayak rushing downstream. Each shot of the kayak crashing down, paddle astray, is astounding. The sensation is offset only by endless shots of rain hitting the jungle canopy, which soothes the viewing experience.

For more by Forge Motion Pictures, visit their site.

Via Vimeo Staff Picks.

Alessandra Ram is a former writer and producer for The Atlantic Video Channel. Her work has also appeared in Foreign Policy.

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