A Slice of British B-Roll
Well, I couldn’t leave all of the leftover footage just sat on a hard drive could I? It’s no good there. I came back from the Lenzerheide World Cup and put together the footage that didn’t quite make the cut for you to enjoy. 16 whole minutes of raw sodding about infact. Mostly from LooseDog screaming his lungs out every time Sambo hits the deck. And also some whaling Ratboy vocals everytime Phil Atwill gets sideways. Anyway, enjoy the (second) show and take a gander at some behind the scenes shots below.
Phil Atwill and his old steed. He might be on a different brand now but his old Orange Five took one hell of a beating during the first segment of the film. All segment one images thanks to Alex Gann.
Josh ‘Ratboy’ Bryceland getting in those all important snapchats. It was bloody freezing atop that hill too (Bosley Cloud near Congleton for anyone who is wondering) and it was only the pumping blood that kept us warm. Oh and the custard creams.
We honestly don’t know how those slide marks got there, officer. We won’t be forgetting this segment in a hurry. Perhaps the most memorable lunchbreak in history. Gazzy B and a Sierra, what a great combination. All segment two shots thanks to Ben Winder.
Some shapes were thrown that day! Joe Smith as pinned as ever trying to stand the steed back up, and Gaz, well being Gaz. There was barely any lip there, he just pulled up and threw the first shape that came into his mind. That’s the effect Ben Winder has on you, he makes you a bit crazy.
Lots of hair, a few transit vans and a dinghy. Oh and fireworks and Poynton canal, what could possibly go wrong? Ps. I’m not sure what Josh Lewis is doing there and I’m pretty sure I never will.
Dave, good old Dave. Just look at the style on the boi. Sideways in John Lennon spec glasses and a lovely grainy image from Winder makes this look like a shot from the 60’s.
Sam Dale post berm log slide attempt number 10 perhaps? As far as days go, this one was a belter.
Well, erm, I mean it could be a good advert for Sombrio gloves?
The North East power houses. Pan shot Friday with Danny Hart, who happens to have just won his first World Cup, yes lad! And the most Geordie man ever, Scotty Mears relaxing in his shop, with a dog that presumably speaks Geordie too. Shots thanks to Dan Hearn.
Now then, Fort William, the one that everyone talks about. Minus bloody five and frozen ruts. Yet we asked Lachlan Blair the Mexican to lie down in frosty grass in only a shirt and have Liam apply factor 50 sun cream to his chest. Took a few go’s to get the sun cream out because that had frozen solid too. Fort William images thanks to Ben Winder.
As you’ve probably seen. These images did set the tone for the whole segment.
Here he is. The BFG. Big Ben Cathro himself understeering ever so gracefully around one of hundreds of dirty ruts that day.
The Brendog, Olly and Jono day. Crikey it was a laugh, and very very greasy. Perfect in my mind.
Jono Jones beaming with happiness, most definitely mid slide around this corner. He jibbed University off for the day to come filming (top lad) and then I had to send his Uni an official excuse that he was going to be in some fancy (not fancy at all) film. Easily one of the best days! Brendan/Olly shots thanks to Szymon Nieborak.
Ratboy sideways in Delamere. #DelamereAintDead
Oh christ. I forgot we took this bunch of nutters to Delamere. Dave, Rat and Phil Atwill all going at for a good bunch of riders there that day. It was such a good vibe. Here’s the man of the moment though, wingnut Phil Atwill. Images from Ben Winder
There we go then, we’re hanging up our coats on A Slice of British Pie. But may there be another one in the oven? Well, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled soon…
Social media is too short, glanced over and not really worthy to voice any proper opinions. I've never 'blogged' but I do enjoy writing. So I'll combine the two. Here goes.
People are starting to make good videos again. People are making short, sharp, to the point videos that aren't trying to be epic or professional looking, heck half of them are shot on iPhones but they still make me buzz. I'm hoping people have realised how monotonous the abuse of slow motion is, or how I really, really don't want to see you put your sodding goggles on. I turn off and click X if I see that. PEOPLE, it's mountain biking. It should be raw, rad and fast. Look how popular Earthed and Sprung were, and most importantly STILL ARE. That's what people want to see. The style works for MTB, so why meddle with it?.. I love that style, I love BMX and Skate videos, and granted it took me a while to find my style (after a few years of dabbling with a DSLR) but I feel I can take it to the next level. I'm just getting started.
This is, or was, my Canon XA10. It's not particularly expensive, or that good compared to other cameras on the market, BUT it's all you need. I'm not exactly loaded. I'm freelance filming bloody bikes. I don't care for big fancy cameras, not yet anyway. And look at the state of my mic - each end has snapped and it's held on with one cable tie. Works though.
Anyway, revolution. I'm doing my best to spread the joy of pans and zooms once again, but Josh frickin Lewis - he is the boy that's on it. Straight up spear heading the old school revival. I'm pretty sure he's got a Canon Legria G25 - it's not particularly high end, it's more towards low end. It's cheap and more to the point, it's all you need. Have you seen how many views this dude has racked up? And he's a BLOODY RIDER. His 2015 highlight video hit a million views on Facebook. All he does is capture the action in the simplest way possible, and guess what? It works. He's way more valuable for a company's exposure than any FS700 or RED operated by some slo-mo gorp.
I'm not getting on at anyone here. I've seen some awesome cinematic pieces that encorperate slo-mo (namely Synonym by Last Light Cinema - its insane) and the likes of Kranked and Follow Me are what got me into filming, not to mention Nico Turners FS7 focus pulls. But the likes of 50/01 and ClaySpades are now banging out videos full of pans and zooms and it gets everyone so hyped. There's some cool instagram groups of the younger lads making ace videos too (@safetypencil and @theweaponsofficial are good examples of up and comers).
Check this video out. One of the biggest companies, Fox, purposefully commissioning a video in what they call a 'rough cut' fashion. It's old school as f*ck and it's amazing. Okay, so we're always going to have jaw dropping cinematic pieces to be gobsmacked at, but the comeback is on. We're raw, ready and completely flat out at the other end of the spectrum and it's where us lot, anyway, belong.
If you're reading this (well done for getting this far), ask yourself this. Does newer technology make MTB videos better? I think it's just a different way of capturing it but so many people are caught up on the fact the newer means better. If you ask me, it certainly does not. The video below is my favourite video right now. I laugh every time. Drop bars on a kids bike with a rifle on his back. Amazing.
Filming bikes, riding bikes and everything in-between.