Making NotBad in New Zealand

Oct 4, 2013
by Anthill Films  
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Have you ever noticed how long the lists of people are in the end credits of a movie? Even a short film can have hundreds of names... it's hard to wrap your mind around all those individual contributions. But that's what it takes. There wouldn't be movies without small armies working behind the scenes trying to bring them into being.

photo Sterling Lorence
photo Sterling Lorence
photo Sterling Lorence

When Anthill and Trek's C3 riders traveled across the world to Queenstown New Zealand to shoot NotBad, it was the promise of world class all-mountain and DH trails, all-time dirt jumps and the open canvas of the Frew Farm that drew us there. Trying to film an entire 30-minute movie in less than a month with all the riders under one roof was not going to be easy. And we needed a huge diversity of terrain at our doorstep.

photo Sterling Lorence
photo Sterling Lorence
Photo Sterling Lorence

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places in the world. But mountains are just mountains until people come together and shape them into a premiere riding destination. And so while the terrain in Queenstown was amazing, it was the people who made this whole movie truly come to life. There were literally hundreds of people on the ground in New Zealand who helped us along the way. They gave us their knowledge, their time, their sweat and even their food. They were our small army behind the scenes and we couldn't have made this movie without them. Thanks NZ!

photo Sterling Lorence
photo Sterling Lorence
photo Sterling Lorence

Get NotBad now on Special Edition DVD+BluRay Combo Pack or on iTunes.

Get down to New Zealand to ride this winter and have your own NotBad experience!
Tourism New Zealand
Destination Queenstown
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Starring: Brandon Semenuk, Brook MacDonald, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Andrew Shandro, René Wildhaber and Ryan Howard. Produced, written, directed and edited by Anthill Films. Presented by Trek in association with JBL, Shimano, Bontrager, and Pinkbike. Additional support for the film is provided by Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand, Destination Queenstown, Good Fortune Collective, and Immersive Media.

For more information about the film, visit anthillfilms.com/notbad

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38 Comments

  • + 59
 I personally loved the vibe of this movie more than anything. it was short and all that, but the vibe was unlike anything else in any other bike movie I've seen. NWD and stuff make me want to go ride and hit some phat drops don't get me wrong, but this movie makes me want to go grab some friends and have a good time just hanging out, being goofy, and riding bikes. Thanks Anthill and the Trek Crew. Would love to see this feel in other, longer videos with more than just the trek team. (I hear the Sensus crew: Zink, Strait, Lacondegey, Sorge, Agassiz can party pretty hard).
  • + 6
 What about Seasons?
  • + 10
 I know what he means, the vibe really reminds me of when I was young and we had a large group of friends hanging out and just riding anything we could.. Seasons is fantastic and gives a similar vibe feeling in some sections, namely the last one at the seasons end in Whistler, also to the same extent Fallow Me does.. But NotBad just really grabs that feeling by the balls.
  • + 3
 "Grabs the feeling by the balls" couldn't have said it better myself Smile
But ya I totally agree with you guys the vibe of the film was sick, just wish it had been a little longer
  • + 2
 Yeah, I wish it was longer, but in an attempt to vicariously live through all these pro's living my dream, I need it to never end!
  • + 0
 not good but then again "not bad" (had to be said)
  • + 46
 I don't know about you guys, but I actually saw Semenuk smile.
  • + 48
 Nah he must of been upside down Razz
  • + 2
 nope i never saw that
  • + 11
 It's good to see riders of that caliber riding in this neck of the woods, and obviously enjoying themselves. Great country to ride in (although I'm a bit biased really).
  • + 6
 For years Queenstown riders waited for a change of management at Skyline to open the gondola access to mountain bikes, meanwhile Coronet shut down gondola access to Coronet dh track.... finally Skyline had a change of heart and opened its gondola up and money was put in to developing heaps of new trails on the hill and now look! Queenstown riding is being advertised all over the world and the investment has definitely paid off! Hopefully Coronet will re-open too and Queenstown will be a major global contender for The mtb mecca status. It really is such an amazing place!
  • + 7
 Queenstown/Coronet better get a move on then, Christchurch is set to have a year round lift accessed park by November 2015
  • + 2
 Sounds sweet, Christchurch needs something going for it after all the earthquakes, Dunedin is still one of my favourite places to ride ever. The only sad thing about lift access is people forget the many far better trails nearby, Queenstown has dirtpark, remarks, 7mile, sticky forest, wynyard, fernhill, zoot and a few other trails around coronet and skippers that are amazing but now getting less used.
  • + 2
 Living 500 metres from the new mtb park I'm looking forward to 2015, they'll have do something special to beat trips to Rotorua though!
  • + 4
 That 360 degree helmet cam is awesome. Blew my mind when I saw the segment in Not Bad using it and how they accomplished it.
  • + 2
 Despite this video being nothing more than a 30-40 minute tourism advert for riding in New Zealand for me its been one of the releases of the year.
  • + 3
 i had the good luck of being the guy in the van looking over the dirt jumps for that photo........just saying
  • + 1
 We'll have "not bad" premiere in Zurich, Switzerland on November 7th 2013. Check out this event for more info: www.facebook.com/events/387131701389608
  • + 1
 Stoked to see NZ riding getting such good exposure. Makes me wish even more that I wasn't stuck in Auckland for the next couple of years though...
  • + 1
 NotBad is not available in the colombian iTunes store, would you guys please do something about it?
  • + 1
 Does anyone know what those little cart things they are riding in the very beginning are called?
  • + 1
 That's the Skyline Luge www.skyline.co.nz/queenstown/luge

There's one in Vegas too (that's Rotovegas)
  • + 1
 why is pay day so far away! all i want is not-bad!
  • + 1
 Hey, it's almost as along as the actuall email!
  • + 1
 Meant movie not email
  • + 1
 I'm so stoked for thisssssssssss !!! Can't wait Smile )
  • + 1
 I wanna ride with these guys!
  • + 1
 Looks like those boys had a lot of fun!
  • + 1
 Perfect place for extreme sports, very very cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 What's the name of the song in this video, please!! Smile
  • + 17
 I don't know...something about your momma liking marmalade....da boom boom, da boom boom....
  • + 3
 Anders Osborne - Marmalade
  • + 2
 yours jobs > life
  • - 1
 1:14 there is a dog on that ATV hangin on for dear life! LMAO Can't wait to see this!
  • + 1
 Still not seen it
  • + 1
 #NotBad Big Grin
  • - 1
 missing Gwin in this crew !

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