Silvia Mondays - Matt Miles 2011

Dec 18, 2011 at 20:56
by Karl Heldt  

Matt hits up Rio and Kamloops Bike Ranch (KBR). Spent a couple extra days filming this one, hope you guys like it!

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Words by Shredhard

When people discover a talent in themselves, whether they ever fully understand it or not, they are extremely lucky. Few people ever realize a natural ability to excel in a certain task, sport, or job and effortlessly progress to a point where they are able to inspire their friends and family to follow their dreams. Even more rare than embracing that talented state is that people find two separate things they are able to pursue in total confidence. Often times people shy away from a second talent. If they are already talented and successful with one aspect of their life, why worry about adding something else to the plate? Isn't one thing good enough? Luckily for anyone reading this, I don't think Matt Miles has ever asked himself those questions.


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  Since Matt is half of Silvia he is often behind the lens to.


The first time I ever saw Matt riding a bike was in the fall of 2007 and I think he was 14 years old then. I was riding at the Kamloops Bike Ranch when this short, funny kid on a hardtail with spray painted purple wheels fearlessly stomped his clumsy, adolescent figure up the roll in to the biggest jumps in the park and started sessioning them with all of the older kids on big full suspension bikes. He sailed over the "Big Pack" in a clicked one-foot-table and screamed like a fool before touching his tires back to the dusty earth with a gentleness I'd not yet seen. I could tell there wasn't a serious bone in his body and I liked that a lot about him. I decided he was the smoothest rider I had ever seen and I really hoped that we'd get to be riding buddies someday.


Brad invited us to shoot a day of shredding in his world class back yard. Look out for the video coming this week.


The first time I ever shot a photo with Matty was in the spring of 2008. I didn't even know he had a camera, but a flip gone wrong on a popular step up jump left him sidelined for a while and I guess taking photos of people biking was the next best way for him to pass the time. He asked me to come over and take a peek at a photo he snapped of me while I was still learning to do opposite tables and it was immediately one of my favorite photos of myself. I hadn't seen that particular style of straight legged table shot in such a manner before, but I really liked the way it looked and I still ask photographers to shoot me like that all the time. They always tell me that it's really hard to do. I guess it's easy to lose the riders face behind their front tire, but even to this day Matty seems to nail it first try, every time.

I'm really happy that after the past five years have gone by I got to become not only riding buddies with Matt, but good friends too. I am even happier that he realized his multi-talented nature and never let it get away from him. In front of the camera, Matt rides with a flawless style that many try to fake, but nobody can successfully impersonate. Light on his bike and quick in the turns, it often looks like he is floating down the trail. Popping and pumping so much, his body never stops moving. And behind his camera the style runs just as fluid. His photos are always innovative and so much fun to look at. Rich in texture and presented with such an honest feel.


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Fall shreddin


I really feel like those talents work together. He can ride anything he shoots, so he has a full appreciation for the difficulty of the line. And his knowledge of trickery is so well rounded that there is never a question about which point of a trick he needs to snap the shutter for. The other way around, Matt's full grasp of how things look on a camera enables him to manipulate his riding to the most aesthetically pleasing level possible.

I guess Matty is all grown up now, but he hasn't really changed at all. He still isn't serious, he still takes photos every chance he gets and he is still the smoothest rider I know. And I think he actually screams more often now than when I first met him. This past season has been a big year for Matty with his exposure online and in the magazines as well as his dive into video production. This is Matty's season ender segment and I already can't wait to see what he is up to next year.


Flip. http www.facebook.com pages Silvia 149128011826656 for the rest of the photos.
  Flipping the Demo.

Behind the scenes photo of Matt and Gibby. Newest edit is on our website. Check it out silviafilms.ca

Check out the whole album on our Facebook page http www.facebook.com pages Silvia 149128011826656

Droppin in

We had enough extra footage from this to make a second video. Check it out on our Facebook page.

61 Comments

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 Style for Miles
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 Miles and miles of styles.
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 style for miles=the new gwin for the win
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 gwin is a downhiller? they ride completely different?
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 "Flipping the Demo" is an awesome shot.. looks like he's falling from Space!!
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 Best 1 foot tables since Romo
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 tdoyle meant the saying, matt miles-style for miles....aaron gwin- gwin for the win, c'mon people monkeys understand this stuff
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 Most natural and amazing transitions I've ever seen, so original. Wow. Feel like packing my camera away or selling it off.
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 That was the best video ever... Pure perfection and the musi was just stunning. Biggest props to U guys! Got me soooo stoked to ride...
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 I know man, I had to watch it twice - awesome riding, amazing filming, sweet tune & makes you want to go ride. Only way it good be better was if it was longer!
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 OK that last bit made no sense but you knew what I meant anyway... turns out it is longer after all, more footage here:

www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fazkha0ZzBw
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 This is just an epic shit...
Matt is steezy as hell and the music was friggin' awesome.

Thanks or the link. Smile
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 Really like him popping up out of the brown grass from a distance with no jump in sight. Rider jumping from right to left across the screen. Also the spot where he hips from screen right to left and there is a cloud of dust on the hillside in the background.
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 That was fresh. I feel like you got the steadicam shots dialled in this one. Previously some of them looked a little awkward but in this one the whole thing flowed so nicely and the transitions between clips were awesome.
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 That is like a ninja on a bike.
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 So grateful to the guys at Silvia who make this possible. Your video shorts are what others have said, MILES better than maybe half of other films we pay for. So much inspiration for me, both in front and back of the lens. Thank you.
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 That was super sick! The whole package is amazing. I especially liked some of the angles and the transitions in the video.
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 Sorry dude meant to be pos props for sure, sic vid n spot on comment!!
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 Matt Miles wearing blue? There is a first time for everything i suppose! Keen as a bean to see this video get VOD and also to see another video of Matt Miles from Silvia!
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 hey you guys are probably going to prop me down for this but i just want to know if he uses his brakes at all on those sick scrubs he does?
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 Damn you Silvia! Here I am with a broken bike, unable to ride but watching such amazing video, what makes me just more depressed Razz
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  • + 1
 silvia monday should be sivlia thursday cuz theres already movies for monday on monday and halfway throught the week you want more.
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 Holy shit! Silvia u blow my mind. Matt miles shredded hard fucking core!!!!!! Tthhaaattttt wwwaasss a sssiiiccckkk vviiidddeeeeoooo!!!!!!
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 ahah, find a profile picture to his facebook account shouldn't be hard to him Smile
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 The flipping the demo picture is absolutely amazing!!!!!
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 Matt Miles you dance on your bike dude !!!.ABOSLUTELY AWSOME !!!
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 How can i get in touch with Matt? I want to tell him how awesome and inspirational he is.

Thank you.
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 Super flowy.... ridiculous
Whats the music?
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 music: Austra - Beat And The Pulse
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 flipping demo photo why it wasn't in the photo contest, it would have been #1
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 I recommend changing it to silvia saturdays or sundays, silvia mondays has zero flow to it
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 I think it should be silvia mondays tuesdays wednsdays. Thursdays fridays saturdays and sundays! They should have silvia every day of the week!
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 Make a feature length film, then name your price!
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 wow, I can see the idea and planning behind this video, and it worked, amazingly well! sick riding too!
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 Should have ' SILVIA SUNDAYS' there are just too many movies to watch on a monday.
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 this track is stuck in my head for days now. Suck a sick edit!!!
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 That second shot...isnt that Brads yard from Follow Me??
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 The flipping the Demo image is perfect, dig the HDR look
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 video doesn't work =( goes up to 28 seconds and stops.
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 this shit fursho bangs!!!!
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 .s...sss............ssssstoked! ..silvia/ matt miles: 10points Wink
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 Seriously superb, as always
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 Awesome job Siliva! Absolutely stunning! Perfection perfected.
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 Awesome! all! music! photos! montage! Riding!
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 sick... Silvia Mondays never disappoint
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 I just got stoke raped! The camera work was so sick
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 like always, good and quality video!!! Smile
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 .s...sss............ssssstoked! ..silvia/ matt miles: 10points Wink
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 Thanks Karl Heldt & Matt Miles! Keep the wheels of creation turning!
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 Silvia, as usual, doing epic movies...
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 sick pics!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 love the Loops
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 awww wow so cool 10/10
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 great vid!!! wow
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