Antti Rissanen: Work In Progress. Video Premiere

Aug 6, 2012
by Dartmoor-Bikes  
Without further ado we would like to present to you: Antti Rissanen: Work In Progress - we hope you like it!

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Finland, June 2012

After completing quite a successful shooting session in Spain, we decided to check out Antti's home spots in Finland. Since Antti had his last ever (congrats again buddy!) school exams at the end of May, we were eager to fly to Finland in the first week of June to capture some more shots on photo and video. Our plan was to cover three cities and as many locations as we could squeeze in. It all started in Helsinki, Finland's capitol, and a very well-known destination for action sports athletes of various kinds.

Session with Antti Rissanen c by Lars Scharl
  Filming timelapse shots at the harbour

We spent the first evening at a nice treeride spot close to the Olympic Stadium, where Antti pulled a couple of barspins and double barspins. Luckily the sunset lasted until almost 11:30 p.m., so we were able to get some colorful results.

Finnish evening sky at 11 pm isn t the worst sight. Neither is Antti s tree ride to barspin out.
  Finnish evening sky at 11pm. feat. Antti's tree ride to barspin off

Antti had already been on a road trip for a week before we arrived, so his bike looked a bit banged up already - no brakes, rear wheel quite toasted, and no spares left... Antti looked a bit damaged too, three days earlier his knee had "snapped" during a failed double tailwhip landing, which left everyone in quite a nervous state, but for the time being all seemed fine.

Session with Antti Rissanen c by Lars Scharl
  Treeride Barspin / Recharging...

Since the plan for the next day included a sunrise shoot at the next spot on our list, we crammed our video and photo equipment including a camera crane and big tripods, two bikes, everyone's clothes and ourselves, into Antti's VW Golf (!) and started towards Tampere at around midnight. The weather forecast predicted nice and lightly clouded skies for the sunrise at around 3 a.m. so the only sleep was during the drive. It was not only quite uncomfortable, but also quite short. Unfortunately it wasn't even worth the hassle, as the next morning turned out to be too cloudy and grey to get the results we hoped for. So after some hours of 30 minute sleep - cell phone alarm - sky check - 30 minute sleep - repeat, we decided to cancel the early bird session and went for a lot of coffee and breakfast at the next gas station. When got back our moods had improved considerably, and the session was on.

Session with Antti Rissanen c by Lars Scharl
Session with Antti Rissanen c by Lars Scharl
  Mr. Kluhs capturing some magic...

Antti threw down some really nice tricks, including various 360 combos and flip barspins. The session's highlight was a very clean double backflip shortly before rain set in, and we quit the action for the rest of the day.

Session with Antti Rissanen c by Lars Scharl
  Fabian films Antti's 360 double barspin in Tampere

For the next few days we had scheduled sessions at Antti's home spot in Kuopio, where he had originally landed the Cashroll in 2011. Unfortunately the sessions ended up being cut short by Antti's knee, but we were still able to get some nice shots including super dumped 360's and a nice 360 double tailwhip. After a pedal-slip on a flipwhip landing, Antti's knee hurt too much to continue, and this time the pain didn't subside during the next hours. A checkup at the hospital brought the bad news: torn ACL, probably already from the first crash one week earlier, operation required, and therefore the end of the shooting sessions - and unfortunately also of Antti's season.

Session with Antti Rissanen c by Lars Scharl
  360 No hand on the Huuha Trails in Kuopio

As could be expected, the weather improved considerably once we couldn't shoot any more action, so we just enjoyed the last two days in nice weather and took a couple of lifestyle shots in and around the famous Finnish lakes. Not the worst time either!!

Session with Antti Rissanen c by Lars Scharl
  Finnish bike wash - and shower

Session with Antti Rissanen c by Lars Scharl
  The last evening finally gave us some magic light for the last lifestyle shots...

All in all, we were very happy with the results from Finland and luckily Fabian also had enough footage to finish the video edit. So all that's left to say for now is: Antti, massive props for sending big tricks and getting amazing shots even though your knee must have felt like s..t ! Heal up quickly and come back even stronger in 2013!! We're already looking forward to seeing you at the international contests...!

Big thanks to Antti's sponsors Dartmoor and OBG who supported us in the realization of this media project! You guys rock!!

Make sure to read part one of the Antti Rissanen - Work In Progress story here!

Riding: Antti Rissanen
Directing, filming and editing: Fabian Kluhs
Producing and still photography: Lars Scharl
3D animation: Chris Rebmann
Sound design: Daniel Walt
Music: Heaven's Basement - The Long Goodbye

Words by Lars Scharl.

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  • 7 0
 In an effort to maintain some semblance of decency, I will not write the first words that shot out of my mouth when I saw that first air. Think; "procreation". The man is super talented, especially for someone who's only been riding for 7 years. Aslo, many props to the film crew who have once again proven that when your passion for film equals that of the riders, greatness is achieved. Thanks for the inspiration! I needed that.
  • 6 0
 heal up, Antti! that knee thing sounds bad.

great work on the video: its a good thing to hear some heavier soundtrack for a change. and of course Antti is banging!
  • 3 0
 This video is another to add to the list of reasons why no rider should ever be automatically admitted to a contest just because their name has been known for a while after doing a few flicks, or contests for that matter. There are probably lots more riders out there that could come in and start pushing some of my favorite guys out the door into retirement if given the chance. That's not to say that just because the dude has a gnarly web edit that he can put it down in a contest, we're all aware of that fact, but there is a level of riding in the new guys, whether in vids or contests that far exceeds the level of the previous generation, albeit thanks to the previous generation. Just doing one big move that no one else did should never be enough to win, but for some reason (politics & lobbying?) it still seems to go that way sometimes. I see it at some BMX comps too. I think it's awesome if anyone keeps competing long after they're no longer competitive, but not if it means the exclusion of riders like this guy just because no one knows his name. Everyone should have to qualify, for every contest regardless of what cool shots you had in some new video & regardless of whether or not you are fortunate enough to have the means to hit every contest on the tour to rack up points. Yeah we all expect Semenuk to win 'cuz that's just what he does, but maybe this Antti guy trains even harder and maybe he deserves an automatic admission into the contest too.
  • 2 0
 This is frik’n amazing, the progression is mind-boggling.
Also those kids on the scooters would have (hopefully) gone home and thrown them in the bin, and held their breath and stamped their feet until their parents caved and bought them a hardtail.
  • 2 1
 yeah brakeless all the way! and this guy sends it large and there's a kind of 7 trick that i haven't seen around. he could win crankworks with this one...
but why is he drinking redbull in the vid? he doesn't seem to be sponsored by them...maybe he wants to be sponsored... is that what it takes today? sick
  • 1 0
 He's supported by RB.
  • 1 0
 I think the weird 7 trick is a sort of variation of the cash roll, not sure though
  • 3 0
 That trick is a cash roll, it's just not executed as tightly as Brett Bananasandwich does it but this guy's doing it on a bigger bike and it looks just as awesome. More like he rolls it at the beginning rather than flipping. It's just titties to see another gnarly BMX trick brought to a bigger bike. As far as brakeless goes, that's fine when you're confined to a park or hitting a few jumps but it imposes serious limitations on what you can do with your bike which is supposed to be what makes FMB's so attractive & superior to any other. The versatility. If a bike has no brakes, then it ain't no kind of "mountain bike" that's for sure. Just because something is trending in BMX doesn't make it a good idea. Riding helmetless never goes out've style in BMX & it also never stops being about as dumb as dumb can get.
  • 3 0
 Just to clear it up, he destroyed his brake before the filming session and he didn't have a spare one, usually he does have a brake Smile
  • 2 0
 OIC. Nothing wrong with brakeless, it just ain't a "mountain bike" w/no brakes, and even if some things are more impressive w/out them, I wouldn't award more points for not using them, just like I wouldn't award more points for not using a helmet. I hope we see a lot more of this guy in the future. Brakes or not.
  • 2 0
 Awesome, one of the sickest raddest edits of the year so far, I'd say up there with Martin Söderström's Team Douche edit. Plus that cashroll is amazing, that'd give him some massive points at any comp.
  • 3 0
 Holy batman that kid's got style! Props on the Cashroll Antti! Contest winner for sure! Great article and video Big Grin
  • 3 0
 anyone else see the jogger blow a snot rocket at 0:57?
  • 2 0
 You hit the nail on the head exnihilo, you articulated exactly what I was thinking!
  • 2 0
 Go Antti! Cheers from Latvia Wink
  • 1 0
 Whats up with the long sleeves? Him martin soderstrom always wear them. Just protection?
  • 1 0
 Wow Fabian, amazing job on this one! The intro and editing effects were almost as cool as the riding!
  • 1 0
 Dont that bike have any brakes?
  • 2 0
 who needs brakes when you got skinny jeans and redbull?
  • 1 0
 Finns don't f*ck around
  • 1 0
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  • 1 0
 Flying Finn.
  • 1 0
 That dude is kick ass!!

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