Sterling Lorence - Life with Anthill

Dec 22, 2010
by Anthill Films  
As the official photographer for Anthill Films, Sterling Lorence is on set for our shoots whenever possible. Beyond capturing mind-blowing photos that document the progression of our sport, Sterling’s shots are a great compliment to the film, giving a unique perspective of everything that goes down in front and behind the cameras. When Sterling agreed to share his slideshow from Follow Me, we thought it would be good to get his perspective on what life is like being a still photographer working on a film shoot.

Check out the slide show, interview and exclusive photos inside...
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What it is like being a still photographer on a film shoot?
For the most part, it is really good being on film/webisode shoots. There is always an added formality and responsibility that lots of good work must be accomplished due to limited time and the expense in film production. Riders know that some of the details that can be hidden in still photography are on display in moving pictures, so it brings out the best in the rider's style and performance. One of the downsides to being on a film shoot can be when the angle I would like to shoot from what happens to be in the key film angle. I often have to discover other angles where I can stealth out of view. But, most of the time, there is good cooperation/collaboration amongst the video crew and myself.

Since the days of the Collective, I have dealt with many a cable cam...
Since the days of the Collective, I have dealt with many a cable cam...
Eventually I have gotten pretty good at anticipating/cooperating/positioning myself with Cinedarc so that...
Eventually I have gotten pretty good at anticipating/cooperating/positioning myself with Cinedarc so that...
when the rider like Sorge throws down hard, I can nail my shot and not ask him to shred again.
when the rider like Sorge throws down hard, I can nail my shot and not ask him to shred again.

From your perspective, what does a still photographer add to the production of a film?
Photographers bring the opportunity to share all this amazing action with the magazine world, advertisers, posters, the web... We also give an added level of exposure to the riders, the film, and to all the sponsoring companies. Often the top riders in the world, doing really big stunts, won't do them unless a photographer is on set. I also think photographers bring an artistic element to the shoot where the videographers often 'shoulder-hop' our sick angles… Wink .

Seldom is it that the Darcy Wittenburg clothesline circus act improves my shot. But here he gives an added sense of height for Aggy killing it in Brad's Yard.
Seldom is it that the Darcy Wittenburg clothesline circus act improves my shot. But here he gives an added sense of height for Aggy killing it in Brad's Yard.

You’ve got a long history with the Anthill crew. How did it all start and how have you seen things evolve over the years?
It all started when a few riders that were stars in the original Kranked and NWD films decided with a few of the filmers and myself as a photographer that there was room to have a film company that would try a more mellow approach to an MTB film that had good chill tunes, primo singletrack riding, some storytelling and an attempt to do the best cinematography and editing possible. Looking back, I think the response from the sport shows that the Collective accomplished all that and the demand from viewers is why we have kept it all very alive with Anthill. Stay tuned for more!


What do you remember most about helping make Follow Me?
There certainly is an added element of fun for the riders when they get to session together. That's why the theme for this film became what it is. Most film segment shoots have the rider being alone, so I think it can be quite intimidating and a bit lonely for the rider. There was lots of fun on most of these shoots. When you have Gully/Sorge/Hunter/Semenuk/McCaul/Coastal Crew/etc… anywhere near each other at anytime, it gets chaotic fast... but fun.


What were the highlights vs. lowlights for you?
The highlight move for me in Follow Me was certainly Matt Hunter's step up gap to wall ride. We had witnessed him crash on it once and this always makes the return shoot become very nervous and worrisome. Watching him stomp that, and seeing the wall explode behind him was so rad. The photo was much more amazing than I ever expected. I also have to say witnessing Semenuk's moves in the Sunshine Coast seggy was super rad too. The lowlight to the film would have to be the fact that shooting two riders in a still photo sometimes just doesn't work. One rider always looks better or is in the critical spot in the photo, leaving the other rider less significant. That was one of my hardest challenges. I always try and stoke out all the riders with as many sick shots as possible, but for the continuity in the film process... the second rider sometimes got burned a bit.


Do you enjoy watching the films you’ve been a part of?
Yes, it is always a thrill on premiere nights to see the fruits of so many hard working days. I am a huge fan of all the films...mountain biking is a relatively small sport so anyone that chooses to put time into our sport, be expressive and share artistry with us, is gonna get my attention and time. That is why it is so key of those brands out there that are cool enough to put money into these film projects... without them, we lose a large chunk of art and expression.


Thanks to Sterling for sharing his slideshow with everyone. Make sure you check out his site: sterlinglorence.com



Also… don’t forget that there’s only a few days left for the Follow Me Custom Demo 7 deal – buy Follow Me from anthilfilms.com and you’ll automatically be entered to win (contest closes December 31st).

Happy holidays!

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34 Comments

  • 11 0
 Bad ass shots Sterl! Thanks to everyone at Anthill for delivering some of the best sections captured on film over the years!
  • 9 0
 Incredible photos, Sterling! Thanks for the morning stoke!
  • 6 0
 Awsome pics!Nice jobtup
  • 10 0
 hahah like all of those could be POD's
  • 4 9
flag Davidsym (Dec 22, 2010 at 10:54) (Below Threshold)
 i like the vid but would you call it POD or VOD if it became oneof the 2?
  • 1 0
 awesome.
  • 1 7
flag D1RTbmxjump3r (Dec 22, 2010 at 18:55) (Below Threshold)
 bruce willis is better than a pile on banana's
  • 1 0
 That isn't funny.
  • 1 0
 Nor is ken block
  • 1 0
 ?.
  • 6 0
 aggy = big air
  • 1 0
 Sterling, if you happen to read this, or any other person who can answer this: What is your method for getting such good focus? Do you use servo/continuous auto-focus and hope they stay on one of your focus points? Do you set your focal plane where you think they will be before the shot? Do you go with a high ISO and small aperture to "cheat" the focus? Also, do you just hammer away with continuous shooting, or do go for the one frame "decisive moment?" Anyone who has advice, fire away.

Edit: oh, and sick photos by the way!
  • 2 0
 "where the videographers often 'shoulder-hop' our sick angles…" I found that line hilarious! It's so true, but it goes both ways
  • 4 0
 Nice

^^)
  • 3 0
 ssshweet
  • 3 0
 you live my dream
  • 3 1
 Sterling Lorence is the best mountinebike photographer ever!
  • 3 0
 Great shots! Aggy = POD!
  • 2 0
 I just love Mountain Biking
  • 2 0
 not bad...lol. ok really fucking sick..
  • 2 0
 Movie and everything was awesome, just wish there was more actual riding
  • 1 0
 Your work is epic, the whole lot is just full of POD's, excellent stuff dude!
  • 1 0
 theres a little goat in the background of the canyon drop lol
  • 1 0
 Dude, I would die to have that customoized demo 7
  • 1 0
 That Specialized is my biking dream. Smile Sweet pics.
  • 1 0
 Can you buy follow me in the uk? Went on the site and it was just blank,
  • 1 0
 Yep. Weird - maybe because it's flash? Here's a link to the store page to order the DVD: www.pinkbike.com/shop/?op=viewcategory&categoryid=21
  • 1 0
 i love this movie .. and that bike is sexyyy!!
  • 1 0
 Damn, what they have yo do to get the perfect shot!!!
  • 1 0
 how is a slide show better than some of the movies on here
  • 1 0
 sandro in marrocos,I see a dog or wolf in the background image!Wink
  • 1 0
 In the sixth pic is that a bear on the other side of the canyon?
  • 1 0
 AMAZING
  • 1 0
 Pick a POD???????????

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