Video: ''30 Days'' Go Pro Dirt Diary contest winner

Aug 24, 2012
by Leo Zuck  
Whistler Olympic Plaza the night of the screening, I could barely sit still. Stomach turned inside out and hands shaking, I glanced over hundreds of unfamiliar faces, all people gathered to celebrate mountain biking and film. This crowd was about to watch six awesome movies. What I still had trouble processing was that my film was among them. All these eyes were on me.

The anticipation built thicker and thicker after each film played. When ''30 Days'' finally rolled, it was surreal. Seeing other people, complete strangers, getting stoked off something I had made, sent shivers through my body. It was spectacular. A moment I’ll never forget.

Views: 39,757    Faves: 1,046    Comments: 62


Making a bike film, or any film for that matter is not easy, especially on the athletes, but my brothers Jonah and Eli definitely know what it takes and how to deliver. They rock. Also, a big thanks to Tom McCarthy and Mike Goldstein, some of the best dudes out there. All in all, the last few weeks in Whistler have been surreal. Can’t wait to get back out there next year.



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93 Comments

  • 67 1
 That's absolutely amazing! Congrats!
  • 29 3
 brandonsched, stop hating on dude and go eat some hot dogs instead. That was a wicked video dude. Props to you and your creativity
  • 19 1
 Great video leo! Congrats! If anyone wants to see the other films:
Mine: www.pinkbike.com/video/273764
Andrew Santos: www.pinkbike.com/video/272778
SheGNARnigans: www.pinkbike.com/video/273150
Ali Chapple: www.pinkbike.com/video/273438
  • 29 7
 The filming/editing was exceptional. It almost looks like a professional crew put the video together and planned the shots. But other than that, the riding was average and there were too many slow motion shots of things that did not deserve to be slo-mo. It was an extremely well filmed video, but it is not one that make me want to go out and shred.
  • 2 1
 i wasnt there and i dont know what the other videos were like.
BUT doesn't slo mo only show how proper form is used or not?! pretty sure these riders were on.f*cking.point.
make it rain, leo
  • 15 5
 It was definitely well filmed, not doubt! But i was at the showing and I didn't think it should of won. The riding wasn't as good as some other videos, no bangers, and the fact that pretty much all the clips are slowed down with a high speed camera, does give it a better look. Definitely top 3 but not winner. But that is just my 2 cents....
  • 11 6
 The riding wasnt that great and it was a little heavy on the slow motion. The editing and shot placement was phenominal though. I have never filmed a movie so this opinion is just from a veiwer.
  • 8 10
 didn't look like a go pro
  • 29 1
 i swear to god his front tire stops rolling at 4:10 .....
  • 3 1
 I completely agree. Anybody else know whats going on there?
  • 4 0
 The rotational speed of the tires synced up with the film speed rate just right so the tire appears to not be moving. Great video!
  • 5 0
 The last of the video's to go up
Mitch Winton & Scott Brammer

www.pinkbike.com/video/274152
  • 8 3
 It wasn't shot on RED. The rules didn't state it had to be shot on GoPro. And nothing was stopping the other contestants from using high speed cameras. They had their chance.
  • 5 5
 @dirtbikedude823 A professional crew did put together the shots! Didn't you see the thanks? on.fb.me/Sz9Cj8 Other contestants filmed their own film
  • 5 2
 @henry-marsh Misfire!. That just so happens to be Leo in front of the camera, doing his own work. Shame to see other contestants so sour. On the other hand, I suppose it's a nice compliment to Leo's work. High Praise, buddy!
  • 9 1
 If anyone else wants to moan about him winning then moan at THE JUDGES. Not every vid needs world level riding to be great- these guys are still rapid and stylish but more importantly they are bros and they're having a blast. Surely that's what it's all about?

People should watch some MTB vids from only 5-10 yrs ago and appreciate how far things have progressed in film making and riding. This edit is sick (and free to watch).
  • 4 2
 The one thing that video was missing was the third brother riding! Kept waiting for the third one to appear haha
  • 3 3
 The third one kept behind the camera
  • 5 12
flag brandonsched (Aug 26, 2012 at 14:54) (Below Threshold)
 I'm with @biname. The video had a unreal song, and a highspeed camera. The riders weren't good, the editing was average. The shots were just slown right down and made to look super badass. If his video was in lower quality theres NO WAY it would have won. Also, I appreciate everyones messages saying I'm right even though I'm neg propped. Haha.
  • 1 2
 Take any of those ridding shots and put them at real time, they will look more than average. But am not taking away the fact that there is good filming and editing!
  • 2 0
 Everyone's a critic! Great job Leo! I loved it!
  • 7 3
 One of the best videos I've ever seen! The fact that it was filmed and produced that well and wasn't made by a film company like Silvia or Anthill just adds to the greatness of this video. Congrats and use that $3000 on something film related because I'd love to see another video like this soon!
  • 2 0
 Goldstein Productions are a company like Silvia or Anthill
  • 1 2
 Yes. But what I meant by my comment was that I was happy to see a great new video from a company I hadn't heard of before.
  • 2 2
 @henry-marsh This film was not produced by Goldstein productions. Get it through your thick head.
  • 1 0
 might as well have been with all the help and camera sharing/shot setups, funny how the new Goldstein elements video has the exact same angle for the guy on crab apple too....
  • 1 0
 If you haven't heard of Goldstein then you should check them out, they've been in the game for years and are currently working for Whistler Blackcomb producing a lot of their advertising material. www.goldsteinproductions.ca
  • 3 1
 I wear just knee pads.. TBO i did alot of riding this year and havent slipped my pedals once on anything. i rock saloman winter boots and kona pedals.. sometimes i find them too sticky.. but yea if i had that issue.. id be rocking those hard plastic too..
  • 4 2
 Wow! Great video. I have a GoPro Hero but when I post videos, the picture is never as clear as the one's featured on pinkbike and other sites. They look good when I make them but loose resolution when they get put on a web site. WTF? Anyone have a solution to this?
  • 1 1
 what program are you editing in?
  • 1 2
 I have made videos on windows movie maker and the GoPro Cineform studio with the same result.
  • 1 1
 Try using a higher quality editor. I use a GoPro hero 1st gen as well and use Adobe After Effects and manage to export pretty reasonable quality footage. www.pinkbike.com/video/202990
  • 2 2
 This movie (vid) was Whistler bike porn at its finest. I was having withdrawal as I haven't been up for a few weeks. Thank you for the awesome shots, storyline and the bear (nice touch). Two thumbs up (and a tail flip)
  • 3 1
 fuck i need to get back to whistler. NOW!
  • 1 2
 this gave me goosebumps... the worst thing is that im stuck at work right now and cant go riding, which makes this movie that much better. for making me want to ride my bike... that much more
  • 1 0
 Gave my the chills- probably one of my favorite whistler segments, ever. keep it up!
  • 4 3
 Sent shivers down my spine just watching it. Well done.
  • 3 3
 Worthy of the prize. Congrats on a sensational video. Music choice was awesome too. Faved for sure.
  • 2 3
 Man I wish I could've stayed in whistler longer to watch this, you deserve that money hands down! Hope to see more productions because that was awesome!!!
  • 2 1
 Makes me want to get back up there right now!
  • 1 2
 and I know from which video you have the soundtrack Imagine Dragons- Radioactive .... the trailer of ski film superheroes of stoke Big Grin Big Grin
  • 2 3
 To everyone ripping on the riding in the video... it was a video contest wasnt it? or was it best tricks and biggest lines?...
  • 1 2
 i like how we all gave mad props on this video and someone came thru and didnt like all our comments. F*ck U this video was DOPE!!! make more for us to watch haha
  • 1 0
 that was pretty sick keep up the filming brah
  • 1 0
 2ns song ?

Absolutely sick...
  • 2 4
 Its a really well edited film with the frame transitions matching the music and the tempo of the music. The two combine well to make it really watchable.
  • 2 2
 that video was amazing!!! i watched it a few times
  • 2 2
 dope, loved it, keep doing what you do
  • 2 1
 Great Vid guys.
  • 1 1
 Another video added to favorites. Props!!
  • 1 2
 The music is from a band called ALT-J , very good album & of course an amazing VIDEO here !!!! +++ for you guys !
  • 2 1
 VOD.
  • 5 6
 faved. easiest decision of my day
  • 4 5
 No wonder everyone was stoked, your video is awesome, great job!
  • 2 3
 Brilliant work on the film.
  • 2 3
 the opening shot was pretty rad!
  • 2 3
 Blew my expectations away.
  • 2 3
 i hate to be that guy, but song?? it was soo good i need it!
  • 2 2
 The song: Imagine Dragons - Radioactive feat. "Unstoppable" www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqxI7TI5ji0
  • 2 3
 wow this is fing top nock and supper rad!!
  • 2 4
 Congrats! Damn this video is just a beauty for my eyes and my ears! Thanks for your great work.
  • 1 2
 Who is the cameo at 4:42?
  • 1 2
 hella lucky they get to ride wishler every day
  • 2 4
 such a amazing video. congrats!
  • 4 6
 That's some good sh!t man. Congrats.
  • 2 3
 fuck me that was ace!
  • 2 4
 That is absolutely incredible! Good job and congratulations!
  • 3 5
 that intro/beggining was one of the coolest i have ever seen!
  • 1 3
 AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 2
 Props
  • 2 4
 You very well deserved it! I liked it a lot!
  • 1 3
 the most epic video i ever seen,congrats to you guys.
  • 2 3
 Just fucking respect man
  • 2 5
 Obvious why it won, awesome video! I loved every second of that. $3000 wasn't enough :p
  • 2 3
 THAT WAS SO GNARLY!!!!!
  • 1 2
 notch*
  • 1 2
 this is actually sick!
  • 1 4
 Awesome!! The Video Its Best Of Red-*ube jajajajjaa
  • 1 3
 MEH.....IT WAS AMAZING
  • 2 5
 The best video I EVER SEE!!!! The music is bad ass!!
  • 1 3
 Solid video
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