Most people know me as a custom painter, but long before I ever picked up an airbrush I was riding bikes. When the North Shore trails had no snow by mid-December, I took the opportunity to get some footage of one of my favorite trails in prime conditions. I had previously discussed doing some filming with my friend Scot Proudfoot and when I called him up he said he had access to one of the brand new, elusive, RED 'EPIC' cameras. The pressure was now on me to get the trail as well as my bike ready to shoot and would lead to a complete overhaul of both.
My bike needed work, so I completely disassembled it, cleaned everything, and started rebuilding. I had just received my new Hayes Prime Pro disc brakes and was curious to see how they stood up against my previous 4 piston brakes. The brakes needed to be good, so I didn't spear off the trail- and into a camera worth as much as a Mercedes.
The day before the shoot I headed up to the trail by myself to scope it out. What I thought would be a simple rake through turned into a complete 8 hour rebuild, essentially landscaping the whole trail. I cleared leaves off specific parts of the track to increase speed and traction while leaving leaves where I wanted to increase drifting. This rebuild would be essential to our shoots' success. With only a single day to film with the RED camera, having each shot planned and prepared ahead of time allowed us to hike to the top of the trail and film sections as we made our way back down. Working on each segment the day before gave me useful trail knowledge and additional information on the lighting throughout the day, showing I only had usable light from about 11am-4pm.
The camera men were as tired as I was after hiking up and down sections of the trail all day. The RED 'EPIC' camera was a surprisingly small unit, with a surprisingly big lens and sizable equipment bags. I could tell the crew were happy to be in the woods rather than on a typical film set. In the end I think we got some great footage with exceptionally high detail and quality for a 2-minute web edit.
My bike ran flawlessly all day with the Hayes Prime brakes providing big power and great feel. I was a bit skeptical at first moving from a proven 4-piston brake to the two-piston stoppers, but on a trail this deceptively hard on brakes they totally held their own. My bike was running on rails in the slippery Fall conditions with Santa Cruz's Driver 8 VPP linkage running on full Manitou suspension. This setup provides ample traction and an almost telepathic response feel. Big thanks to Hayes, Manitou, Answer, Pinkbike.com and Straitline Components for their support, Scot Proudfoot and Shaun Lawless for filming and providing the awesome camera equipment.
-Stacy Glaser, Painthouse Customs
Shooting action with that camera was such a delight. We just rolled 4k resolution and 120 frames per second on most of the earlier shots, it gives you so many options to manipulate the footage in post. It's always the challenge on the shore to get enough light into the trees to shoot, but even as the light faded we were able to boost the ISO enough to get good useable images in conditions that I would of expected to be too dark.
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