The free solo required over 100 visual effects shots that were blended with existing location shots of RC Everbeck in Yosemite. Stunt doubles Erik Sloan and Andy Davis filled in for the more dangerous shots with the remainder handled using green screen elements. Below is one of the many shots created by Scott for the sequence. To make it appear as if David has just topped a major rock formation on El Capitan, footage of RC Everbeck shot at Vasquez Rocks State Park was combined with location footage.
Below is the F-15 flown by the two stars of the film, RC Everbeck and Richard Topping. It was featured in a sequence during the early years of their characters' friendship. One of 70-plus shots for the sequence, this rear view was comprised of a digital jet designed by Neil Blume, then animated in 3D by Jon Whisman. The sky background with moon and stars was created by Scott Forslund. In all, some 25 layers went into the composition of this shot and included the jet, which was a series of layers depicting its painted surface, moon reflection, afterburners, afterburner heat waves, and various background sky elements that included a graduated night sky, twinkling stars, moon, moon glow and two layers of drifting clouds.