Video: Crankworx Whistler - Black & White & Analog

Sep 10, 2013
by Daniel Batten  
Views: 21,090    Faves: 182    Comments: 18

Heading to Whistler for Crankworx was a last minute decision. I had just recently moved to New York all the way from NZ, and after being glued to my computer watching last year's live stream, I couldn't not go being this close. Talked my way into a media pass as soon as I got there, and got busy filming.

AirDH 35mm black amp white film
  Air DH

Apparently less air resistance. 35mm black amp white film
  Apparently this sort of getup reduces wind resistance

Nothing was really set in stone in terms of what I wanted to create, only that I had some vague concept regarding a 3D branded intro to the video, and that maybe I wanted it to be in black and white. I also had my 35mm Pentax with me to shoot some stills, and it turns out being a one man band ain't easy. Running round trying to film everything as well as taking stills (a film camera at that) proved a pretty impossible juggling act! Somehow got selected to gain all access media to Joyride (to this day I don't know why, but I ran with it) and basically decided then that that would be my main focus in terms of the end product of the video.

Tats. 35mm black amp white film
  Tats on course

Pre whip. 35mm black amp white film
  Pre whip shredding

Fans post f king up a shotgun. On video. 35mm black amp white film
  Fans with shotgun beer residue

As soon as I got back to New York I hit up my favourite dodgy Chinatown film lab to get my films processed. As soon as I got them back and realised that there were actually a few decent images in there (hard to know when you were blindly taking snaps one handed will filming and balancing your monopod and video camera in the other), I made the decision to not only edit my video in black and white, but also to go against my instinct of publishing the photos straight away and instead release the project as a whole after the completion of the video.

360 Truckdriver. 35mm black amp white film
  360 Truckdriver

Corked backflip. 35mm black amp white film
  Corked backflip

Going full moto in practice 35mm black amp white film
  Going full moto in practice

Double tail whip. 35mm black amp white film
  Double tail whip

Absolutely sending it. 35mm black amp white film
  Absolutely sending it

Again a bit of a juggling act in post production as well - had a massive project on at work, so had to squeeze in time to edit the shots together and create the 3D intro sequence (which was the time consuming part). I have a bit of an obsession at the moment when it comes to creating low poly style diorama's. I dunno, I guess I just like the aesthetic and they are fun to create. Is always fun working in black and white as I feel it helps you to concentrate more on composition and feel, although it kind of slows you down as well.

Upside down. 35mm black amp white film
  Inverted with tons of vert

Superman Seatgrab 35mm black amp white film
  Superman seat grab

I am also always one to draw on music that injects a bit of emotion into the video, the visual and audio are so intertwined - the audio basically can completely dictate the feel of a video. I have nothing against dubstep, but I think it has been absolutely done to death in action sports videos. I reckon it is really refreshing when videographers make an effort to move away from that genre and try something else. Potentially risky though cause the kids are all about the dubstep these days!

360 off the cabin. 10secs away from a broken tib fib 35mm black amp white film
  360 off the cabin, 10 secs away from a tib//fib catastrophe

Champagne Shower. 35mm black amp white film
  Champagne shower

Podium interview 35mm black amp white film
  Podium interview

Post win Interview 35mm black amp white film
  Post win Interview

Video shot on a Canon 5DMKIII with 85mm 1.2, 50mm 1.2, 35mm 1.2 lenses. Edelkrone camera rig with a Small HD monitor and a Manfrotto Monopod. All video editing done in Premiere Pro and After Effects. Intro was created in Cinema 4D and composited in After Effects.

All stills shot on my Pentax 35mm, using both 100ASA and 400ASA black and white film.

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  • 33 0
 DUDE, thanks for telling the story without telling "the (same) story".

I can appreciate your angles and the edit is tight.


PS - You pulled off the b&w sh!t too.
  • 16 0
 I agree 100%! The pics and especially the vid is sick!
PROPS to Daniel!
  • 10 0
 Woah cheers guys.. I'm stoked you all like it!
  • 2 0
 Nice work man! Both the video and the photos are sick, good call with the black and white. Oh and that's my arm in the 3rd picture, sorry if I was getting in the way at all.
  • 2 0
 Haha not at all man.. that's what made the photo!
  • 1 0
 Ha I remember the naked guy on the chair... Classic! Thanks for putting this vid together and putting a different perspective on crankworx.
  • 13 0
 Its amazing and some people really dont appreciate how much work needs to be put it to produce a quality 3.5 minute video. Congrats, its a really nice change compared to the other intense, hectic videos in whistler
  • 10 0
 defiantly one of my proudest moments with that shotgun
  • 1 0
 Haha you almost got it..
  • 4 0
 awesome video Daniel! black and white is sick and a nice change. and absolutely right in the music dictating the feel of the video. great job!
  • 3 0
 Also props to the player... I just can't get over how reliable this video player is. The whole Internet should be based on it. Just making my point.
  • 5 0
 Loads of awesome pictures here yet we get a worn out tire as POD today.
  • 3 0
 awesome to see a NZ videographer making headlines
  • 2 0
 simply amazing!! i can only imagine how exhausting this project was for you. payed off didn't it.Wink
mad props mate!
  • 2 0
 Awesome vid!! And haha nice shot of me in that second photo, i had to ride all the way back to whistler cay like that!
  • 2 0
 FRESH video and the photos fanf##kingtastic except for the one with the guy in his pants that was PANTS.
  • 2 0
 this is easily my favorite post for some time! thanks so much for doing this
  • 1 0
 Awesome video dude great shots black and white pics are sick.Welcome to New York i know ur loving it here Smile
  • 2 0
 Guess what you get when you google "Black and white Anal...og"
  • 1 0
 I am so sad that you have done this with a 35mm film camera... because I wanted to
  • 2 0
 Love the grain.
  • 2 0
 very nice intro too !
  • 1 0
 aerial shots are crazy man, big ups!
  • 1 0
 great film. I'd love to see more BW edits....underutilized imo.
  • 1 0
 One of the best edits to come out of crankworx.
  • 1 0
 Awesome vid. Great choice on the tunes.
  • 1 0
 I feel ya on the music thing, nice choice!
  • 1 0
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  • 1 0
 Super sick video!
  • 1 0
 Lovely edit!nice job!
  • 1 0
 That was solid

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