Cosmic was ecstatic to work with HBO and Teton Gravity Research on post-production for the four-part documentary series Edge of the Earth. The series follows four groups of elite athletes around the globe as they take on incredible challenges that test both their physical and mental toughness.
Our team was responsible for supervising all elements of post-production as well as performing the color grade, online edit, and final delivery to HBO. With all four episodes working through post-production simultaneously after delays due to COVID-19, both the task and the reward were enormous. Challenging conditions during production such as blizzards burying camp and navigating dense, uncharted jungle put colorists Dan Olsen and Russ Lasson to the test. Reviewing complex 3D maps, a custom music score, and sourcing archival footage from a variety of sources made management of all things post a round-the-clock job. When all was complete, Edge of the Earth was one of our favorite projects to date and is a major source of pride for our team.
Edge of the Earth was nominated for two Sports Emmy Awards–for both Outstanding Camera Work (Long Form) as well as Outstanding Promotional Announcement. The series is currently streaming on HBO Max.
In Episode I: Into the Void, big mountain snowboarders Jeremy Jones and Elena Hight along with big mountain skier Griffin Post head into Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park with sights set on a first descent of 10,204-foot Mount Bertha.
In Episode II: Raging Torrent, kayakers Ben Stookesberry, Nouria Newman, and Erik Boomer voyage into Ecuador’s Llanganates National Park to attempt the first whitewater descent of the Chalupas River.
Episode III: Reaching for the Sky, climbers Emily Harrington and Adrian Ballinger traveled with the crew to Kyrgyzstan’s Ak-su Valley to attempt a free ascent of the 4,240-meter Pik Slesova.
Episode IV: The Great Unknown took the production crew and big wave surfers Ian Walsh and Grant “Twiggy” Baker to the west coast of Africa in search of the next landmark surf destination.