Season's Flow - Full Movie

Jun 13, 2012 at 0:03
Jun 13, 2012
by Karl Burkat  
 
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Back in the fall of 2010 I was thinking about how beautiful it can be during the fall because of all the coloured leaves and how the trails can look so nice and that's when I really started thinking about making a short film about riding during the fall. I started making plans to film in the fall of 2011, and here is the result.

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pics from Season s Flow http www.facebook.com jordanolthuismtbvideo
I am very glad to have this movie done for everyone to see. It took longer than I originally thought, especially because I thought it would be done by winter time. My original plan for this movie was to have it end just before winter and make it take place just throughout the fall, before the first freeze and snow comes. I found out soon enough that that was just unrealistic and was not going to happen! I realized as I was filming during the fall that I just can't get all the footage I needed to make this movie, the conditions were not what I wanted to film lots of the time, people were busy, time flies by and I realized I had to include the winter in this movie in order to finish it.
pics from Season s Flow http www.facebook.com jordanolthuismtbvideo
The movie was always evolving as it was getting made, because I was realizing that I couldn't get certain footage or I ran out of time for some things or some shots were too difficult etc. so then I was always slightly changing certain aspects of the movie into what you see now!
pics from Season s Flow http www.facebook.com jordanolthuismtbvideo http www.pinkbike.com video 262455
I have a decent amount of experience with mixing music together to make my own little mixes, so I wanted to do something like that for this movie, I used 9 different songs to create the 20 minute long soundtrack with three featured songs. I really wanted to make very smooth transitions between songs, so I would use certain parts and loops of songs to blend it all together.

I had almost finished creating the whole soundtrack by spring 2011, so then I was prepared for filming that fall.
The song list is in the credits.
pics from Season s Flow http www.facebook.com jordanolthuismtbvideo
Life Cycles is definitely a big inspiration behind this movie, after I seen Life Cycles I got all kinds of cool ideas for how I wanted this movie to be and it led me to make the decision to put in some narration just like how Life Cycles did. But I didn't want too much of it, so you'll see in this movie that I really kept the narration to a minimum. One thing that I didn't like about Life Cycles was that there wasn't enough of a human connection to the story in my opinion. So that was one of the things I wanted to do totally differently from Life Cycles. This movie center's around a rider (me) and what its like going through the fall and winter. So I did that to give more of a human connection so hopefully you guys can relate better!
pics from Season s Flow http www.facebook.com jordanolthuismtbvideo http www.pinkbike.com video 262455
This was entirely shot in the Lower Mainland of BC!
Ledgeview trails in Abbotsford (and a good deal filmed by my own jumps at my house), Vedder mountain in Chilliwack, and dirt jump spots in Langely.
pics from Season s Flow http www.facebook.com jordanolthuismtbvideo
The riders in this film are:
Jordan Olthuis
Ryan Van Kampen
Wyatt Griffioen
Jason Roth
Dustin Gilding
Kyle Spence
Reece Wallace
Mike Dekoning
Nick Tingren

pics from Season s Flow http www.facebook.com jordanolthuismtbvideo http www.pinkbike.com video 262455
I created this whole movie myself, I filmed everything, even all the shots of myself. I edited it, and mixed the soundtrack together, I really hope you all will enjoy it and let me know what you think!!!!
leave a comment and share with all your friends!
this is the logo for my short film called Season s Flow thanks to Andrew Hornor for making it for me http www.pinkbike.com video 262455

A big thank you to Andrew Hornor who created this logo for me!


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55 Comments

  • + 15
 Great camera work + good riding + awesome choice of songs = nice flow. Made me want to go outside and ride. Isn't that the point?
  • + 11
 The weather outside is weather.....more riding, less posing dirt shots. sick riding at the end
  • + 9
 He likes his trees and leaves!! Not sure how many times I can watch the same guy whip on that first big kicker- but overall I thought this was good.
  • + 6
 pretty good, a little too dramatic, but still sick
  • + 1
 hahahhaah i was thinking the same!
  • + 7
 I really enjoyed this. Didn't think the VoiceOver was overdone. Nice camera work and music choice. Like Life Cycles? I guess so... But it's not like we don't watch the same type of DH or DJ edits several times a week, every week.
Thanks for giving us a vid to take our minds off of work (or the kidney stone I'm currently trying to pass)! Great work!
  • + 4
 Great video the camera work was awesome and it flowed together really nice. Also liked how it kind of had a story line surrounding the seasons! keep up the great work!
  • + 1
 I liked it. It's nice to have the narration and the story. It makes a change from the 95% of other mtb vids and adds a bit of substance I think.
My only real criticism is that it was a bit DJ heavy, but that could just be personal preference I suppose.
  • + 3
 Nice film, but those tricks were over done. The Dj's had table after table after table. And big bike whips on everything
  • + 3
 Love the fact that this isn't just wooden lips and backflips - the weather etc make it even better!
  • + 1
 Amazing video. If film making is not your profession, make it. There will always be critics, they can't make films like this. This video is your style. Enjoy the moment.
  • + 1
 Good choice of music choices durringthe changes in season-some good ol NIN and Iredescent from LP. Nicely done on the sound edits
  • + 1
 thank you
  • + 0
 Great video. The riding was fast and smooth and the colours are awesome. Loved the shots of the dirt jumps degrading in winter too. nice touch. But seriously, worst "music" choice ever... Cannot let that B**o shit slide
  • + 0
 I am really confused when people say they hate the music choice, I would seriously like to know what you would like to hear instead!
  • + 1
 to say I hate is a little strong, the anonymity of the internet got to me a bit. that was a Simpsons reference. Just heard all those song 1000 times on the radio already ya know.
  • + 3
 Anyone know what wrist brace he's using? I want one
  • + 3
 I'm loving the camera work here. Awesome stuff
  • + 3
 best filming ive seen recently in a bike video.
  • + 3
 this was great to wake up to in the morning got me depressed for school
  • + 1
 Try watching follow me on the way! Gets you pretty stoked then you realise you have like 6hours of boringness... Wink
  • + 1
 I never really care when summer ends because then I can just go snowboard Wink
  • + 1
 Why don't you just use an intervalometer for time lapses instead of worrying about the 12minute max recording time?
  • + 1
 well I have one now, and I used it for the stars time lapse and the shadows moving along the wood, but ya I can't buy everything right away
  • + 1
 Gotcha, now your time lapses will turn out that much better with an intervalometer. Great work on the film.
  • + 1
 hey i know where those dirtjumps are haha i walk my dog past there everynow and then good video dude
  • + 1
 Awesome vid/movie. kudos 2 u .Hope u win an award! keep up the gr8t work and ride -on .
  • - 2
 Definitely influenced by Life-Cycles... which isn't a bad thing, but I'd say that if you want to really make an impression, just focus on shooting and editing, and leave the silly pseudo-philosophical voice-overs out. Nice shot compositions and great color... any post processing here?

What cameras are you shooting with?
  • + 1
 I use a Canon 7D and I didn't really do much color correction, just making sure exposures were proper and stuff
  • + 2
 dont hate on the voice overs dude. movies dont always have to be like NWD.
  • + 2
 I agree. Honestly I wanted to say it but people on here always take crits way too hard. Tarka is right to an extent. I just think it was a little too dramatic and you used too many shots of yourself and also using your voice is just a lot of, you.

Compositions could use a little work in some areas. A trick is to imagine each shot that you are setting up as a still, then compare it to some POD's or something. If it works as a still then you're good. But if it is boring then you are starting at a disadvantage. Doesn't mean you can't pull it off it just means that it could be better.

The color on the leaves was good but maybe think about how they contrast with the riders. There was a section that was sunny in the woods that just had a lot of noise (meaning a ton of little streams of bright light) and on top of that the rider was wearing a green shirt. I know its a pain in the ass to organize people to that level but you can probably see how it can work against you.

Anyway SWEET movie! I know this comment is probably going to be hidden because PB is afraid of critiques but all I'm trying to do is help. Nobody's perfect. Keep it up and I look forward to your joyride video this summer!

Oh and maybe buy a jib/crane/boom. Over 50% of the life cycles shots were done with one. And even though theres was huge, you could get a like 8 footer for a couple hundred. Smile
  • + 1
 By the way the timelapse of the frozen ground thawing was VERY nice. Being a fellow 7d user with the shitty 5 min record limit, I wasn't expecting that. So bravo!
  • + 1
 well the 7D can record for up to 12 minutes so it wasn't too bad, that was the telephoto shot, but the wide shot right after was done with a gopro.
I don't understand when you call the sunlight in the trees noise, because I don't see any grain or digital noise if that's what your talking about, its just the low sun shining on/through the trees, it looks great to me, maybe you just don't like look of that or something?
  • + 1
 Oh I thought you were using a timelapse timer. I was shooting today and it was so hot out I could only do two 20 second clips at a time before it overheated! lol Sorry the trees scene comment was more of a person preference thought. I just thought it was hard to see him with the green shirt. If you look at silvia videos you can see that they usually have like bright red on. And whether that is on purpose or not, it does help. Just a thought man don't worry about it.
  • + 2
 WOW!!!!! This is great.
  • + 1
 I want to ride Canada now! Beautiful!
  • + 1
 Sweet vid man!!! Awesome work!!!
  • + 1
 Pretty dope got a little bit of everything
  • + 1
 So sick !! Loved the end!! Awesome job man!
  • + 1
 does anyone know where this was filmed?
  • + 2
 It said at the end of the video. Most of it was in Abbotsford, BC. The dirt jumps with the carpet are at his house. Bigger DH mountain stuff is Ledgeview. There was a bit at RGC and then possibly up at Dustin Guilding's house. Not too sure though.
  • + 1
 Nice Film *-* whats the name of the Song at 10 min pleas ? : )
  • + 1
 song at the 10 min mark is Panic Switch by Silversun Pickups
  • - 2
 that was really boring to watch and when it finally got to the downhill it was rubbish my nan could do better than that. but other than that good attempt
  • + 1
 Awesome! Great work!
  • + 1
 GREAT!!!
  • + 1
 Well done.
  • - 1
 Jeremy song is Panic Switch by Silversun Pickups
  • - 1
 Sick shots, dildo sound track.
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