BUILDER - Ask Us Anything - All Done

May 26, 2015
by Scott Secco  
Builder athletes



How ‘Ask Us Anything' Works:

Starting at 9:30 AM PST/5:30 PM BST on Tuesday, May 26th Builder movie athletes will have a crack at answering your questions. Tag the athlete or crew member in your question by using the @ symbol and their username (listed below). Sometimes your answer will pop up in a few seconds; others may take a while, as they will be busy responding to the flood of questions. Everyone who posts a question, large or small, will be taken seriously. To make the process as efficient as possible, try to follow these simple guidelines:

Keep your questions relative. While this is an 'Ask Me Anything' session, the concentration is on Builder. Questions related to this are encouraged, but still feel free to ask whatever pressing queries you may have.

Stay focused. Try to keep your questions on one topic if possible. You can always ask about another item later.

• Try to keep your questions to about 100 words.

Ask Us Anything is a service to PB readers who are seeking helpful information, not a forum to broadcast opinions or grievances. If you do have a negative issue that you want to ask about, no worries, just keep your complaints relevant and in the context of a question so that it can be addressed in a productive manner.

Use propping to acknowledge good - or not so good - questions. Bump them up or down to where they belong.



Geoff Gulevich filming for Builder.


Meet the Athletes of Builder:

Aaron Chase // @BangBangTheMovie
Adam Hauck // @hauck4130
Matt Macduff // @mattmacduff
Geoff Gulevich // @guy87
Garett Buehler // @garettbuehler
James Doerfling // @jim77
Mike Kinrade // @kinbad
Mark Mathews // @mmatthews
Chris Kovarik // @whistlersquid
Stephen Matthews // @stephen
Darren Berrecloth // @claw
Ryan Berrecloth // @bear34


Meet the Crew of Builder:

Director: Scott Secco // @scottsecco
Producer: Julian Coffey // @JulianCoffey
Composer: Oliver Brayshaw // @oliverbrayshaw
(Builder soundtrack available here)
Builder: Bill McLane // @bmclane


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Builder World Tour
World Premiere - Monterey, California, USA - April 17
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - April 23rd
Corvallis, Oregon, USA - April 25th
Mt. Buller, Australia - April 25th
Victoria, BC, Canada - May 6th
Sooke, BC, Canada - May 8th
MSS Bike Park, Quebec, Canada - May 8th
Prince George BC, Canada - May 9th
Vancouver BC, Canada - May 15th
Kaupanger, Norway - May 15th
Kendal, Cumbria, Uk - May 15th
Whistler BC, Canada - May 16th
Mission BC, Canada - May 16th
Squamish BC, Canada - May 17th
Boulder, CO, USA - May 18th
Quadra Island, BC, Canada - May 22nd
Merritt, BC, Canada - May 22nd
Coleman, AB, Canada - May 22nd
Extreme Zone Cycles, Santiago, Chile - May 22nd
Banbridge, Northern Ireland - July 2nd
Cordoba, Argentina - May 22nd
Moscow, Russia - May 22nd
Krakow, Poland - May 22nd
Angelfire Bike Park NM, USA - May 24th
Campbell River, BC, Canada - May 26th
Novato, California, USA - May 29th
Valemount, BC, Canada - May 29th
Rossland, BC, Canada - May 30th
Bristol, England - June 4th
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Bellingham, WA, USA - June 11th
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St Louis, MO, USA - June 24th
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411 Comments

  • + 103
 @mattmacduff - How hard is it to ride bikes and control your army of vikings?

@BangBangTheMovie - How do you feel knowing that you are one of the pioneers involved with the selfie stick?

@whistlersquid- How many rocks and mountains have you sent to hospital?

@claw - Is it true that you use Chuck Norris as a table? and that Lance Armstrong once approached you for a blood transfusion because he wanted your immense amount of testosterone ?
  • + 47
 Extremely tuff.... Luckily for me my army is very loyal and support my bicycle endeavours. They've even been known to dispose of my haters. Haha thanks for the question man!
  • + 19
 @mattmacduff Appreciate the answer. I have massive respect for you doing your own thing in the current market full of 650b and enduro jargon lately. Keep on pushing it man.
  • + 25
 One love man!
  • + 12
 ...more review bazooka!
  • + 20
 Lol now that's a funny one! Where on earth did those rumours come from. Still giggling lol
  • + 1
 @claw - So they were rumours? I don't know what to believe any more.
  • + 2
 Yup, wish I had a stake in that!!
  • - 83
flag jasperwesselman Plus (May 25, 2015 at 20:55) (Below Threshold)
 kthxgoodbai
  • + 34
 @MaxBerkowitz If you'd asked me a month ago I would have said ''severely sleep deprived and stressed out of my mind.'' Now that the movie is done I've actually had time to ride my bike... which it turns out I actually enjoy? Who knew bikes are fun? I just finished up a week of shooting with Dylan Sheffer for Freeride Lives II which I think will blow some minds and now I'm posted up in Rossland with Mike Hopkins working on a couple videos for everyone on Pinkbike. Stay tuned!
  • + 63
 Who took the hardest crash while filming for this amazing movie?
  • - 66
flag jrocksdh (May 25, 2015 at 21:24) (Below Threshold)
 Read directions much?
  • + 15
 @Lilshredman It was a three way tie between Ryan Claw's massive slam you saw in his segment (which he survived completely unharmed somehow?), a crash by Peter Matthews (the guy riding on the yellow Giant, featured in Stephen Matthew's segment) where he missed the sweet spot on a stepdown by about a foot and slammed into a tree going about a thousand miles an hour - I literally thought he died - but he walked it off like a champ, and a crash by @mattmacduff where he said he felt his collarbone break and then ''the mountain bike Gods instantly healed it so we could finish shooting the segment.'' Also Buehler crashed on his first test of the 50 foot jump in his segment but I missed the shot like an idiot... Everyone went super hard for the movie and I'm stoked there were no serious injuries.
  • + 41
 Did any GoPros get lost/damaged ? How many bike parts were broken in the making of the whole film ? What was the max amount of beers anyone on the crew had in one day ?
Big Grin Cheers for a great film guys!
  • + 11
 @ace-95 No POV cameras were broken but I broke my Sony FS-700 twice! Once from rain, and once from accidentally hitting it on a tree. Amateur hour for sure. Thanks to the camera repair shop for saving the day! Very few bike parts were broken although a couple visors were snapped off helmets. Harry 'Garry' Marle consumed the most beer by far while helping @mmatthews build his line. I think the funniest part was when Garry puked on himself at a restaurant after the Victoria Builder premiere. It was impressive work for sure.
  • + 28
 I tacoed a wheel and somehow managed to bend it back by jumping on it and prying it back with a log!
  • + 12
 i was not that drunk but ya i was if you count me passing out one the side walk lol
  • + 1
 @scottsecco Too bad for your cameras! @claw Lol sounds intense, sounds like @marleh had a fun time!
Thanks for replying guys!!
  • + 31
 Why wasn't dangerous Dan included?
  • + 7
 I would have loved to included him, Boyko, the Coastal Crew, any number of legendary builders but we were limited by time and money. Also, Dan is currently a high school teacher so his schedule is busy. I wouldn't be surprised if he could still ride The Flying Circus though!
  • + 7
 Good on him for becoming a teacher!
  • + 2
 I think Dan's been a teacher as long as he's been a builder. I used to substitute teach my math class almost 20 years ago.
  • + 3
 @scottsecco what's Boyko up to these days? He seemed to fade away
  • + 4
 @chris-adam-media Boyko still rides and builds, but no longer as a job, simply for the love of the sport. I was actually talking to him recently about filming a little something though, so we'll see if that happens...
  • + 29
 How many days went into filming any one given athlete, typically how many cameras were set up per rider and what was the average editing time per segment ?
  • + 4
 @Waldon83 The shortest was Kinrade's which took 4 days and the longest was Buehler's which took 21! That's a bit of a false number though as we actually got snowed out and had to wait for it to melt off the trail! We weren't actually shooting for 21 days, but I spent a bunch of time in Nelson for sure. Totally worth it haha. For most segments it was me with one camera. I also had Connor Macleod on alternate angles for many of the shoots. If it was a super heavy stunt then I would also use my Canon 7D for a third angle, but the quality on that thing is terrible so I didn't use it much. The timeline on this movie was so tight that I edited as I went every single night after shooting, each segment went through fine tuning as I got music licensed and had to change songs, but for the most part my rough edits are typically pretty close to the final product. I would say that each segment probably took 30+ hours to edit, but I really have no idea.
  • + 7
 I filmed my seggy in 8 or 9 days I believe. Pretty quick but I spent months building everything with some help from friends and had perfect weather.
  • + 7
 claw, do you ride the trails much after building them specifically for a film shoot?
  • + 2
 Thanks @scottsecco and @claw

It's interesting to see how much actually goes into it, but we wouldn't do it if we didn't love it eh!

Thanks!
  • + 1
 Hey @claw
Just watched the vid and it is awesome to see you back on a DH bike !
  • + 28
 Time Zone guide:

12:30 PM EST (New York)
5:30 PM BST (London)
6:30 PM CET (Paris)
7:30 PM SAST (Cape Town)
4:30 AM AEST (Sydney, Aus)
  • + 27
 A Dan Atherton section would have been amazing, any chance of a second Builder movie?
  • + 3
 @mischieff Dan is one of the sickest builders out there! I would be stoked to shoot with him if the opportunity came up. I'm not sure if I'd be interested in doing Builder 2 as I really don't want to be forced into making the same film over and over again. That being said, I think there's a lot of fantastic builders and riders who weren't featured in the movie so it could happen if fans and sponsors were interested.
  • + 2
 @scottsecco Builder was amazing, Thank you for one of the most inspiring and visually brilliant MTB films i've ever seen. Would be awesome to have Dan involved in something similar in the future if he was up for it, i bet lots of people like me would be keen to get an insight into what he does!
  • + 2
 Wow, thank you @mischieff! I'm definitely keen to do another movie so we'll see which riders are available. Could be cool to bring back some legends.
  • + 21
 @scottsecco i've been filming for a couple years at school making films based more on story but I would love to get into mountain bike filming. Before a shoot how do you plan for it? Do you storyboard or just have a basic idea. And for each rider or part in the film do you decide what mood you want set for the rider and does this effect how you set up shots?
  • + 2
 Hi @bike4real, that's awesome! Filming bikes rules. For Builder, I didn't actually have that much actually storyboarded, it was more about spending time filming with the athletes and figuring out what they loved most about building. Since it was a documentary/semi shred movie, I was worried that storyboarding or writing down dialogue would make things feel less natural. I mainly wanted to portray the passion that everyone feels for digging and riding their own lines. I find that the mood is mostly dictated through editing. I shoot the best footage I can, and then find a song that fits with the riding/location/weather and that really sets the tone for the piece. I have some ideas for a future movie that will definitely need to be storyboarded. Good luck with your filming projects!
  • + 2
 thanks so much for the answer that helps a lot!
  • + 19
 Anyone, to what extent would you say that building trails and becoming a better trail builder has shaped your development in becoming a better rider? Do you think you perform better on a trail you have built versus one you just know really well?
  • + 1
 Having just started getting involved with trail building myself over the last few months I'd be really interested in some answers to this one.
  • + 1
 For me building has progressed my riding greatly , I like to build things I find awkward to ride or just scare me or aren't the kind of features or trails most people build.

If I hadn't built a lot of the things I have my jumping skills would probably be down a peg or two , well actually most of my riding ability would not be where it is now ( not that i'm Brendog or anything haha ! ).

As for my performance on my own trails vs other peoples that I know well , I would say generally I ride equally as well/badly on either but knowing the lips on your jumps and arcs of your corners are just how like is obviously a bonus
  • + 3
 I like to build stuff that's right on the edge of my ability. It's not quite as much fun to spend all that time building something and then just stomp it first try.
  • + 20
 @claw if bikes were lightsabers you'd be Yoda, how do you get the confidence to hit such big drops for the first time?
  • + 12
 Lights saber huh! I like it lol. My advice is start small and work your way up, you will be very surprised at how quick your talent and confidence grows.
  • + 20
 @BangBangTheMovie When is the first annual Aaron Chase invitational diamond event at Highland?
  • + 2
 I know!! Highland is the best and I always try and bring projects or ideas to H. Did you ever see the Hold on Loosely tour (part 1&2)? you will be stoked! @cmkneeland
  • + 19
 @mattmacduff. The over vert dirt lip.... Concrete, good dirt, shit load of water. How'd you make it happen?
  • + 37
 I used ancient technology Simaliar to how the Great Wall of China was built (older one before it was made of stone). I made 1ft layers and drove wooden stakes into each one connecting them. The stakes act like rebar in concrete so my structure had more support.... It was made 100% of of dirt and shaped by hand.
  • + 3
 looked good and super sturdy good job!
  • + 2
 good gawd!
  • + 15
 How does everyone feel about getting crushed by Lopes in a pair of skinny jeans on flat pedals? I think the groms at Nofies have had an influence. And where the hell is Lopes? He's not on the athlete list. What!?
  • + 10
 I think just about everyone in the mtn scene is used to lopes tearing shit up. Possibly the best all around bike rider I can think of. I think the question is, How does everyone feel about seeing the film and enjoying the "bike riding", up until the doerfling section. Where did he pack the parachute? I mean, that footage must have garnered so many " whathemotherf*cks?!" From the pros watching. What was the angle on that bloody slope anyway?
  • + 5
 Lol
  • + 4
 @eurojuice Unfortunately Lopes couldn't make it for the AMA. We're pretty sure he was out riding faster than people half his age.
  • + 12
 @scottsecco or @juliancoffey Why was the online premiere done before local organizers had a chance to showcase the video in their respective towns? I personally have seen a dramatic drop in attendance at local premieres in the mountain bike industry and not in the snow-sports industry and feel it is directly related to the timing of the online premieres, not just for Builder, but for others as well. What is the reasoning behind a free online premiere before local premieres have had a chance to show the film?
  • + 31
 @knopf - great question. Builder was made to release online to the Pinkbike community first and foremost, everything else was pretty much secondary. There was significant discussion on release timing between Scott, Ryan and I, but in the end we felt that making people wait any longer was unnecessary. We did push the release date back by about a month which allowed 21 premieres to precede the online release. The amount of requests for premieres has quite honestly been a little unexpected, but we're unbelievably stoked how much people like the film.
  • + 16
 If you guys want to build something, do you need permission?
  • + 4
 Ditto...I'm curious about access and permission as well. I know every location is different and don't expect you to address every trail featured, but from Pinkbike I generally get the impression that all of BC in particular is a wide open canvas for anyone with a shovel and saw. It would be interesting to hear more of the back story on some of these trails.
  • + 2
 I feel like for them and me myself it's just up to going into the bush far enough that nobody's going to stumble onto it. Most kids start off by building what they see from a road if you saw it chances are the city will to. No trail in or out then no traffic in or out. Long walks in the bush finds the zones.
  • + 3
 Ditto dylanvicente. If it's good keep it secrets for as long as you can and enjoy it as much as you can before it gets dumbed down or demolished. Wish it didn't have to be that way.
  • - 4
flag ecologist (May 25, 2015 at 21:25) (Below Threshold)
 I get that there's some of that, but if there's not a legal trail in this film ( aside from three that I can guess on) I will be very sad indeed.
  • + 5
 Want a tissue? Sorry for the bad news.walk around your forests find your own zone!
  • + 8
 @ecologist - in BC there's different land managers - federal, provincial, municipal, private. So, it depends.

Generally most trailbuilding in BC is still don't ask don't tell of the turn a blind eye variety. Don't kill anyone. Generically its "unsanctioned" in the sense that no land manager has given permission for the trail.

There's some land where trails are "illegal". That means there's a law on the books actually making it criminal to build the trail. That's just for BC Parks and Forestry tenure land as far as I've researched for the laws on the books.

The majority of trails in BC are still not "legal", "sanctioned", "permitted" - whatever you want to call it. Less than 60% of the Shore, 25% of Whistler's non-bikepark trails, 15% of Squamish or the Fraser Valley trails are "legal", "sanctioned", "permitted". Speaking for myself it took over a decade of myself and Sharonb working away at numerous meetings and pushing paper to even get some Shore trails made "legal". So be prepared to be disappointed if that's your standard
  • + 2
 If you don't have permission, you're taking a huge risk.
  • + 1
 True Bill - but it's a risk the vast proportion of builders in BC take. Like I said below to another question in this article - set your expectations low
  • + 1
 Thanks for the detailed response, @leelau. The different managers with varied policies is pretty similar to most places, but it's interesting to see the approximate breakdown of the BC riding areas. I'll take it by the lack of response from the film crew that I have my "don't tell" answer.

@bmclane - how much of a risk is it, really? Are builders often taken to task?
  • + 16
 How do magnets work?
  • + 3
 Magic.
  • + 10
 Are there any riders you wanted to be in the film but it just wasn't able to work out? Simmons always had great film parts with purpose built trails and obviously still shreds. Or a newcomer like that Kirill guy from Russia could have offered a very different perspective (obviously filming in Russia may not have been entirely accessible to you).
  • + 1
 @xTwoSnakesx Tons! Just off the top of my head: Semenuk, Aggy, Rheeder, Lacondeguy, Dylan Sheffer, Dean Tennant, Dylan Sherrard, Matt Hunter, Mike Hopkins, The Coastal Crew, and Chris Akrigg. Benderoni would have been epic! I'm definitely interested in filming in Russia in the future... basically it all came down to time and money. All of the riders in the movie put tons of time and effort into their trails and it was great to work with such diverse locations and athletes/builders.
  • + 13
 @mattmacduff do you know what brakes are?
  • + 114
 Of course I do.... The only problem with them is they slow you down.
  • + 11
 Signing off for now shredders! Going for a surf in Peru after a week of shredding bikes in the Andes. Fire away any questions and I will answer tnight.
  • + 11
 @mattmacduff how many tries did it take you to nail the snail spiral thingy to whip out? looked so sick
  • + 14
 Thanks dude! It took me about 1 hr of non stop trying to get that clip.... And I had to hit the loop every time to get to the cork screw. I just couldn't through the whip.... Lucky for me I had a bunch of friends there cheering me on, they gave me the extra power I needed, through the whip and got the clip!!
  • + 3
 was such a sick looking line. props for that & you're new Kali video
  • + 9
 what apparel do you recommend to keep my legs protected, a moderate temperature, and are breathable enough for shooting kickass mountain bike movies?
  • + 2
 @ReubenKrabbe It's tough to beat a nice pair of Adidas track pants. They also have fashionable stripes on the side. They're functional AND stylish!
  • + 6
 Yo scott, just wanna say it was insane watching you film matt in person at SOF, it was an absolute pleasure to help dig. You guys both killed it and the result was the best mtg segment I've ever seen in my life! Any plans to come back to Nova Scotia?
  • + 8
 Couldn't have done it without you dude - Thanks!
  • + 1
 @jordangraves It was an absolute honour to have the chance to film @mattmacduff on what I think is the most technical and unique riding zone in the world. It was awesome to meet you and the rest of the crew at SOF, I would be stoked to come back there and film with Matt any time. Thanks for helping build man, you rule!
  • + 2
 @mattmacduff Always here to help brother!!! See ya soon

@scottsecco I'd have to agree with the zone being the most unique in the world, and likewise to you man, keep in touch! Keep on shredding and working magic behind the lens!!!
  • + 1
 @jordangraves haha thanks dude! Have fun riding. You better get @mattmacduff to teach you how to ride loops this summer...
  • + 8
 Hi everyone, I'm just headed out filming with Mike Hopkins for the day, but I'll be back later to tackle the rest of the questions. Thanks for participating!
  • - 3
 boooooo
  • + 4
 Yes, new Hopkins footage! Thank you!
  • + 9
 How would I convince my parents to get me dump trucks of dirt to my property if I'm not aloud to dig holes?
  • + 5
 Just do it. If they love you, they won't bother.
  • - 7
flag fatenduro (May 25, 2015 at 20:21) (Below Threshold)
 Don't need dump trucks. Just dig. Sinkhole jumps up to surface can be just as fun as above ground stuff.
  • + 7
 @Jobike123 Show them Builder.
  • + 5
 I watched the first Kranked movie within a week of watching this film and was surprised at some of the similarities: Big mountain gravel lines like Doerfling, Lopes shredding as usual, helmet cams galore, and a specific mission. Was there a conscious decision to try to both document the progression of the sport while also honouring its past?
  • + 1
 @xTwoSnakesx I think everyone is influenced by the pioneers in their genre, be it music, sports, arts, etc. I was basically introduced to mountain biking through New World Disorder 3 and The Collective. I watched NWD 3 so many times, the VHS became so fuzzy it was basically unwatchable (this makes me sound about 100 years old, fml). I didn't go to film school so much of what I've picked up and use in my work came from other movies that I've watched. Life Cycles is my favourite bike movie ever and I've probably watched it 80+ times. But to answer the questions I would say: yes, I think that anyone who makes a bike movie has been influenced by what came before, regardless of whether it was intentional or not.
  • + 6
 @scottsecco Do you remember as a kid, watching me do flatland tricks on my bmx in the middle of the road on Newton St, while your dad made offhand remarks about my 'circus tricks' and tried to drag you back indoors? :p
  • + 9
 BRIAN!?!?! I 100% remember just thinking you were an absolute legend. You still are in my books.
  • + 4
 @scottsecco Haha, ya bud. Good to see that you turned the passion for bikes into something rad. Me? Legend, or former bmxer turned upper-middle-pack beer league dh/enduro racer... either/or, hahaha. You decide
  • + 1
 @bderricks This is too funny man, can't believe you're on Pinkbike. We'll have to go shred when I'm in town!
  • + 1
 @scottsecco yea dude, i live in the kootenays these days. I'm in Nelson right now but i also rotate between Fernie and Golden. I'll try to make it out to the Rossland premiere on Saturday if someone posts up the place and time!
  • + 6
 Don't want you guys to think I'm ignoring your questions- I will tackle them all tonight. I'm in Cusco, Peru shooting an Urban Downhill with Van Dine! (Wish me luck!)
  • + 6
 @scottsecco: Do you pick music for the segments beforehand and then shoot footage you think would fit it or is it the other way around?
  • + 3
 I've never been able to shoot or edit with a song in mind. I shoot first and ask questions later. Seriously though, I need to see the footage before I pick a song; the mood of the weather (sun, fog, snow, etc) has a huge impact on my music choice. Finding music is the hardest part of filmmaking for me and it generally takes hours to find a piece of music that suits someone's riding.
  • + 7
 if you could change any segment in any way i.e filming or conditions, which one would it be? and why? @scottsecco
  • + 1
 @mprosper Ahh the eternal struggle of every filmmaker. At this point I'm far too close to the movie and analyze/second guess every single thing from shot composition to editing choices. That being said, I really wish I had more cable cams and a few well placed heli/drone shots. For me, cable cams are the best way of showing the flow of a line but they're super time consuming to set up - often 3 hours for one shot. If I'd had more time, there would have been more in the movie! Something to work on for the next project...
  • + 4
 @bear34 @garettbuehler @guy87 and all the others building in BC. How do you guys start off a build and what do you look for when cutting a new line? Any other tips and tricks for someone just starting building trail? Congrats on one of the best movies I've ever watched!
  • + 0
 Hike the line uphill downhill and repeat till you know it like the back of your hand. Build from the middle first if you want to try to keep things semi quiet. If you're really keen on the trail being your vision build squidlines as otherwise they'll be built for you.

Last but not least keep your expectations low (for your trail and others). It's realistic and will minimize crushing disappointment
  • + 1
 @Ghost98 Good question because you can start in a few places. Depends on what you want to build. I often like to find natural features then build lines in and out of them if possible. However flow is most important and managing the land to build sustainable trails. On the other hand I have dreamed up builds in my mind then gone out to find landscapes that help the vision. End of the day its just trying to work with what nature is leaving for us to shape. Being creative and challenging yourself is the fun part of building...besides riding your lines of course.

Hope you find some sweet lines!
  • + 3
 @jim77 Ripping down loose, steep, gnarly shit has never translated well for me in movies. Your segment was the first where I thought "Man that looks badass and incredibly fun" How did you work with the camera guys to show the audience how gnarly (and fun) ripping down big mountain lines is?
  • + 5
 one of the hardest things is to show how gnarly these lines are on film so we usually just try to come up with a game plan before we get in to the zone we are filming in. But most of the time it is last minute decisions for the filmer on what angle to shoot from because the riders are at the top yelling at them to drop in hah,
  • + 3
 @scottsecco Can you reflect for us how your experience on this film was? What were some of the major struggles you faced in terms of shooting and creating? I find the industry getting very cluttered with very similar videos, a lot of session videos, ripping through the woods, but you managed to stand out and create something unique. What advice can you give to a beginning cinematographer that is looking to make adventure films?

Where and what internships would or could you recommend to get an insight into a production like yours?
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 Hi @scapegoat2010 making Builder was insane. It was the hardest thing I've ever done by a mile. But it was the best year of my life so far. It was a constant struggle trying to manage and coordinate everyone's schedules between myself, the athlete, and other filmers/photographers. The biggest hassle was music though. Finding and licensing music is a nightmare haha. I'm stoked to hear you thought Builder was unique! My best advice to someone who is starting out is to simply film as much as they can, and try and get better every video. Another piece of advice I can offer is: post quality, not quantity. There's no point posting one video every week when they all suck. Take your time to make something memorable, make every shot count. In the mountain bike world, I would say the best way to start is to get a video in Movie Monday, then one on the homepage, then a Video of the Day here on Pinkbike. That's how Harrison Mendel and Rupert Walker started and now they shoot with the top dogs in the sport. You have to truly love it, as you need a burning passion to succeed at filmmaking and turn it into a career. If you don't love it, then there are far easier jobs out there. As far as internships go, I was lucky enough to get an internship with Sherpas Cinema while they were editing Into the Mind. It was really influential for me as I saw the crushing stress of an imminent premiere deadline and learned just how much work it takes to actually finish a movie. I spent four months living in Whistler in a seriously shitty suite just to have the chance to learn from the best. Try and find some local filmmakers who inspire you and then email them to see if they need help. Most of them are actually pretty nice, passionate, individuals who love the sport as much as you do.
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 @scottsecco Do you have a list of the artists of the songs and the names? I've been looking everywhere and I cannot find a list or anything. Thank you! Big Grin
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 Hey @TayVonMax hope this helps!

Original Score by Oliver Bradshaw
soundcloud.com/braveshoreaudio

Darren Berrecloth
‘’If Heaven is Hell’’
Performed by Tokyo Blade

Ry Claw
‘’On and On’’
Performed by Raven

Jackson Goldstone & Seth Sherlock
‘’Goshen ’97’’
Written and Performed by Strand of Oaks

Brian Lopes
‘’Shadow Shaker’’
Written and Performed by The Heavy Eyes

Garett Buehler
‘’The Path Before Me’’
Performed by Buffalo Killers

Aaron Chase & Adam Hauck
‘’Do It Up’’
Performed and Written by DL Incognito

Stephen & Peter Matthews
“Overdrive”
Written and performed by American Sharks

Mike Kinrade
‘’The Valley’’
Performed by The Oh Hellos

Geoff Gulevich
‘’Let’s Live For Today’'
Written and Performed by The Grass Roots

James Doerfling
‘’One Hand On The Buffalo’’
Written and Performed by The Heavy Eyes

Matt Macduff
‘’Heavier Than Metal’’
Written and Performed by Skull Fist

Credits
Feel Me Now
Written and Performed by The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
  • + 2
 @mattmacduff In your Builder segment, you hit that loop flip, caught your back wheel, and face-planted pretty hard. What went through your mind before you hit it again? How do you judge speed, rotation, everything for a weird obstacle like that, and how do you psych yourself up to take another crack at it?
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 Awesome question man! I listen to metal and surround my self with good dudes that like to throw down! And if I'm going really big I always knock on some wood before I drop in... That seems to work really well, especially if its a cool looking tree... Open Loops and Loop de Loops are a whole other ball game... Their extremely dangerous so I treat them with respect, But since I designed these bad boys I know all there is to know about them and I've considered all the possibilities.
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 @mattmacduff Your segment was so sick i got myself a Dirt Jump Bike! and please tell me if you tried to Triple Flip that HUUUUGE step up from Pure Darkness 2, you are a sick man and i Love your Riding Style. Cheers from Poland i'll have one for you!
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 Congrats man and welcome to the best sport ever! I'm not sure about the triple flip..... You'd have to bug Sam Reynolds about that one haha. means alot! Cheers from Canada!
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 @claw why werent you and Ryan in the same segment? That would have been such a dope duo seg.!!! Also, your drops are insane, progression wise, through DH, freeride and dirtjum stuff, how did you progress so well? you seem to have another trick in your bag everytime i see you ride.
  • + 1
 @pingryj We wanted to have both of them riding together but we just ran out of time unfortunately! Maybe if we do another movie...
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 Please do Scott!!! That would be sick! @scottsecco also, filming wise, what was your favorite or most useful film techniques/ tools did you use while making Builder? Thanks!
  • + 1
 @pingryj Definitely the cable cam. Cables are so time consuming to shoot but the footage is just beautiful and really capture the flow of riding a line. I'd love to do another movie so hopefully I can make it happen!
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 @pingryj Thanks for the support. In my opinion Darren remains one of the best all around mountain bike riders on the planet so its tough to ride in the same segment as him at any level. He may be my younger bro but he got me into building which alongside riding is a common interest and passion we share. Maybe one day we will put something together.
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 @whistlersquid what did you do to do bigger and bigger jumps and sections? Can you help me? I guess i could do a lot of stuff because I am able to gain speed efficiently and I am also able to do nice and high bunny hops and stuff. But I really wish that I could go further in jumping.
  • + 2
 Hi @Nathan-MTB its the same old theory you start small and work up to bigger jumps or bigger sections, thats how you progress, cheers.
  • + 4
 Why didn't our local victoria rider make it into the Itunes version? Loved seeing this movie downtown and meeting you there as well!
  • + 4
 Unfortunately it didn't work out due to sponsor conflict. I'll be posting up Dean's segment on Pinkbike in June or July. Stoked for everyone to see it! Thanks for coming to the Victoria premiere too.
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 @BangBangTheMovie - I am currently building a trail with some nice features that has been taking a toll on everything involved, the tools keep breaking and we are all loosing the vision that inspired us to build in the first place - how do you keep going when the build seems too drag on and any tips on how to keep tools from braking all the time?

thanks heaps and keep on shredding!
  • + 3
 You can order some sick tools online. Always buy the right tool for the job. I make my tools when the job requires it.
  • + 2
 Look up rogue hoes. They're the best digging tools I've come across so far. The 70hr54 is sweet.

www.roguehoe.com/trailbuilding/trailbuilding.html
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 Thats a tough one man... I have "abandoned ship" on some builds before. Get back to them when you are inspired again. Just keep digging!
  • + 2
 @mattmacduff Just when we think the boundaries of possible are closing in, someone like you comes along :-). And there's been some loose talk that you want to up the game. The fast, tight G's you are putting your body and head through, how is it you don't "tunnel" out? Is the future going to feature @mattmacduff riding in a #MTB modified G suit?
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 Thank you man, That means a lot - The game is always being up'd, but the best is always to come... I'd buy that G force suit before I'd buy a car thats for sure!
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 @scottsecco Good movie, it was nice to see builders getting a nod for sure. My question: why did you chose to show so much riding in a movie called builder? I would have expected to see more of profile / interview with each builder more and it was a bit of a let down to not see more focus on them. Seemed like the focus was riding, not builders as the title suggested.

Keep up the good work, the film / production was fantastic. Big Grin
-Spencer
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 Thanks @spinko! We spent a lot of time debating just how much building to show, but in the end it was decided to feature more shredding vs. pure building. I find that documentaries are great for the first viewing or two but after that you kind of memorize the story. I wanted Builder to be more action heavy so that it was something that people would come back to, to watch more. It was my first movie and definitely a huge learning experience. Thanks for checking it out!
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 Thanks for the reply @scottsecco Cheers! cc: @morgandeno @Larue
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 Also, congrats on the first film @scottsecco !!
  • + 1
 Thanks @spinko! Appreciate you taking the time to check it out and ask a great question too. Have fun shredding this weekend!
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 @mattmacduff, the SOF is sooooo gnarly! Want to spread a bit of your building magic to Saskatchewan? Aside from that i just want to say that you are a huge inspiration for ridding and building and I dig you taste in music for your edits as well haha.
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 Thanks dude - Magic has been spread! Nothing like some metal to get the blood flowing.
  • + 2
 Hey Scott, how is it that you're such a boss? Also, your support seems almost universal, with pretty much everyone saying you're great to work with and have put it an amazing amount of work. I realize that that could have been a question, but it isn't.
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 @ldhbaker you're too nice! I don't know if ''boss'' is the right word haha. I just love bikes and filmmaking. Let's ride sometime!
  • + 2
 he stayed at my house for a week or two, i only saw him sleeping ONCE. I think perhaps he does not sleep.
  • + 1
 @claw You've been one of the sport's great heroes for so long. How do you balance pushing the envelope vs getting older in a sport that is ridiculously rough on your body? How do you determine risk vs reward now vs when you were younger?
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 @scottsecco Good Film. A lot of good shots. Great riding by all. I am a bit confused. I thought it was going to be something different than the usual build a jump, hit it, flip it scrape a branch. I thought the film was about builders. Every rider build a little so I guess they qualify but I really hoped to see Todd Fiander "The Digger" or Riley Macintosh ETC.
Great film but misleading title.
  • + 1
 Thanks @retrogrump I would agree that it would have been nice to feature those legends! Unfortunately it just didn't work out with time/money/sponsors. Hopefully I can give them a spotlight in a future film project.
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 @retrogrump. Tough one for sure as the original concept had 6 riders and way more building. As Scott alluded to we needed capital to make the movie happen which expanded the list of riders and projects. Keeping the movie to a moderate length of time was important or we would lose the audience and the time it would have taken to film all the riders with a deeper look at the buiding concept was not there. Scott had a full year to film and we still ran out of time on some pieces. Your comments and others similar confirm we can go deeper on something similar. Thanks for watiching.
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 @mattmacduff - how many times did you say man in the intro to your segment, man? and how many betas do you get through in a year?? you legend!!

@BangBangTheMovie - is it true that your segment was based on a game of B.I.K.E that went too far?? also have you got any old Native goggles lying around that I can buy?? cheers you hero!

Sick film overall guys Razz
  • + 8
 Man is a key word in my vocabulary along with 'For the boys' and 'you know what I mean' hahaha.... Eventually id like to talk so freestyle few can understand me Haha!
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 cheers man! keep building your rollercoasters Wink
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 No... not that I recall. haha Hauck and I play B.I.K.E. from time to time but only when Im feeling good. Sooory brah, all out of Natives.... AC
  • + 2
 are you serious about the gogs?
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 @BangBangTheMovie yeah I was kinda dude! unfortunately you can't get em anywhere in the UK though....it's tragic...
  • + 1
 @claw When you are building a kicker or a landing with a top coating of dirt, what is the best ratio of rocks / wood / coarse dirt / fine dirt to use when building it up, to save the most time carting stuff around and to build a solid long lasting feature?
  • + 3
 Good question, if you have lots of logs around then stack them neatly and tight. If you only have rocks then use lots of rocks. A good trick is to throw dirt in between rocks and logs to help it settle and not move once you cap it with at least 6 inches of good dirt.
  • + 1
 Hi all the amazing builders! I live in Connecticut and the biggest issues about building trails here are: 1, too many rocks and trees and very hard to get dirt. 2, Local authorities hate mountain bikers and continue to destroy trails that we build.
We cannot get trails authorized and there's a trail that took us over a year to build and now it's all gone. Any suggestions of these tough situations?
  • + 1
 if you dont like rocks dont even bother, the northeast is notorious for it. use them to your advantage, a difficult techy trail is just as much fun as a flow trail when you nail it, and it'll make you a better rider.
  • + 1
 @aaronhuang. I feel for you man. I've had lines and trails torn down and it is a gut wrenching feeling. That being said as long as someone builds on property they don't own the chances of running into conflict or having your hard work destroyed is real and a risk we all take. I don't know the scene for you but a good start would be to do your best to get in touch with land owners to see if there are any agreements that can be made. Tough one for sure if the authorities are against building. As for rocks and trees my only suggestion is to look for other zones or use the rocks to your advantage for rock work (berms ect). Good luck!
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 @mattmacduff @claw I am just starting to build trails on my property and would like to know how to make a simple ladder bridge using no nails. Thank you so much in advance and I really apreciate what you guys do! Cheers - Tyler Sled 12 yrs old Santa Cruz,CA
  • + 1
 I'm the wrong man for the job tyler... I'm a dirt expert but my wood working skills are so not on the same level LOL... Everything in the film made from wood, I had my best friend make who's one of the best! I would check out some stuff on youtube, or just give in and get your hands on some nails
  • + 1
 @claw how many fractured bones do you have? how much the injuries affect you while you become older?

@mattmacduff how do you build a perfect wood kicker,do you have any measures,angles that you respect,or only by eyes?

Thank you!
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 It's not easy to build a rad wooden kicker.... There are standard radius's that work for everyone but I like to experiment with my own. It's all practice, but Most of the time if it looks right.... It is. Good luck!
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 Well I lost count of broken bones along time ago lol. As for how my dozens of injuries affect me well, I hold back quite a bit nowadays due to the fact I had a rough season last year with only two months on my bike and I rode for two weeks before I started filming for this after being injured all year. Once I get my confidence back it will be go time. Stay tuned!
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 Thank you very much for the answers!
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 @JulianCoffey, @scottsecco I was surprised that you guys decided to stream on demand, but pleasantly, so thank-you. It actually convinced me to buy the HD version on iTube. Is there a "next" cooking up yet, maybe some ideas that didn't fit, or didn't make it into the final cut of Builder, and if there is, can you give us any hint what it might look like?
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 We've always got something cooking, so stay tuned. Thanks for the support!
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 @ptrebilco Builder was basically a year long crash course in filmmaking for me haha. I learned so much on this project and I have a looooot of ideas for future videos that haven't been seen yet. Hopefully there'll be another opportunity to showcase some of them. I don't know if there'll be a ''Builder 2,'' but I definitely have ideas for a future movie...
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 @scottsecco Great Film Scott, really enjoyed it, I thought you definitely added something unique to a busy genre. Was there any new technology you used while filming, or wished you could use to make your life easier?
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 Thanks @ptrebilco! That's just awesome to hear. I was lucky enough to be sponsored by Syrp, a camera accessory company that makes an absolutely magical device called the Genie (not saying it because I'm sponsored, seriously this thing is so cool). I used it to get three cable cam timelapses in the movie which I believe are the first ever done in a bike film. I wish I'd had a Red Epic and a MoVi, as well as some fancy new lenses, but at the end of the day there will always be gear I want that I can't afford and you just have to make the best use of the tools you have at your disposal. As far as making things easier I could use someone to help carry all my gear up mountains haha. Thanks for checking out the movie!
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 What did you do to do bigger and bigger jumps and sections? Can you help me? I guess i could do a lot of stuff because I am able to gain speed efficiently and I am also able to do nice and high bunny hops and stuff. But I really wish that I could go further in jumping. @jim77
  • + 1
 @jim77 how much do you build in Williams lake and do you help build a lot of the trails in that area? I live in Langley and my grandparents have a guest ranch in 100 mile house where I will often bike but why are there no specific mountain bike trails or bike parks in 100 mile cause I feel like lots of places in the area would be ideal? Do you think there would ever be an interest in building bike trails in 100 mile?
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 believe it or not there is trails around the 100 mile area. i think more in the 108 mile area. i have not rode any of them but i know people who have.
  • + 1
 @claw What do I need to do to form a good semi soft landing out of sandy dirt? I've been using shovels and tamper so far and it works alright but the thing just keeps falling down after I hit it a couple of times.

@mattmacduff Hey Matt, I'm still trying to learn how to take of a dirt jump properly and im getting better but im quite there, any tips besides keeping your legs straight when you takeoff?
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 @bear34: Do you routinely shred like that with a chainsaw strapped to your back or was it in the movie just because it looks cool as hell?
@scottsecco: How much video equipment (steadicam, tripod, dollies, minicranes etc.) do you lug around on a shoot in the woods or somewhere else you can't get very close to in a car?
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 @Pedro404 I have way too much stuff, it's horrible to carry around but it's totally worth it. Front backpack: 500 feet of rope, ratchet straps, cable cam trolley. Back backpack: camera/lenses, tripod, glidecam. Right arm: 20 foot folding ladder. Left arm: 8 foot mini crane. Sometimes it takes two trips, or I get a friend to help me move all the gear. It's always worth the extra effort when you have the right tool for the shot.
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 @pedro404 The trail we shot for the segment where I'm riding with the saw is a trail I ride often to get into one of my building zones. The idea came from me getting comfortable shredding in with the pack full of tools then riding out. We tried to show the transition between ride-build-ride but it flowed better the way Scott put it together. That being said I usually don't hit the jumps in the pissing rain with the saw on my back....needed to man up for those ones.
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 Great film by the way. Great riders. when I saw it I was was suprised by Macduff the most riding brakeless. Where there any other riders you wanted in the film that were not featured?
  • + 1
 Thanks @B06tripple8! Macduff is a ninja bike assassin sent from 2050 to blow everyone's mind. Just off the top of my head I would have been stoked to shoot with: Semenuk, Aggy, Rheeder, Lacondeguy, Dylan Sheffer, Dean Tennant, Dylan Sherrard, Matt Hunter, Mike Hopkins, The Coastal Crew, and Chris Akrigg. The list goes on...
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 +1 for Sherrard! (well, really any of them...)
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 @stephen @scottsecco

Loved the Matthews brothers segment. That last hit was insane.

How come Stephen's name was big on the screen but Peters was left out? Was it hiding under his mustache?
  • + 1
 @jackhennigan Peter's name came up narrating the Whistler Bike Park trail crew bit, that led into Kovarik's segment on the Canadian Open course.

Thanks for the comment!
  • + 0
 @garettbuehler - in wellington NZ there are two sorts of jumps available to us at the moment, small tables or large gaps, no one has the intent of building bigger or smaller jumps than what they ride so there is no progression from the small to the seemingly massive.

I want to improve my jumping to the point where i can hit the big gaps but i need something to bridge the gap (mind the pun) between the two, what should i do? make my own jumps (they won't have permission) or complain and try get something happening?(only a small handful of people have tried but with no success)
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 @mattmacduff - Were the vibes really as good as they looked in the film? And im still not sold on Kashima coat...Why is it better? haha. Miss you bro.
  • + 5
 I could go on forever about Kashima coating and fox products, but Pinkbike only allows a certain # of characters... The vibes were dark high octane style, Simalir to the ones we experienced in South Africa haha, lots of love! And I'll see you soon 3
  • + 1
 @mattmacduff
Not very useful question,but,
If you had to choose only one of these two for the rest of your life:slope or street?
And do you realize how rad and stylish you are on a bike?
  • + 1
 Thats a tuff Question dude.... 'Slope style' is pretty new to me but I'm really stoked on it at the moment... I've been riding street for so long I could use the change.... But to be honest I wouldn't be happy ridding ether forever... I do my best to ride clean and smooth, Thats a BIG compliment, Thanks man!!
  • + 1
 Since I enjoy building as much as riding, Im Wondering What I should do to become a full time builder?
Thinking about applying for a spot on the Whistler Trail crew Next season.
  • + 1
 @mattmacduff your a monster dude, open loop to another, how do you keep your wits about you?? being inverted so much, so insane. How many breaks of bike or being did you take during your segment?
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 Thanks a lot man! It can be tuff for sure.... but to be honest I feel very 'At home' riding that stuff and I don't really have a problem keeping my wits. BUT sometimes.... when the confidence is high, gravity always seems to show me who's boss LOL.
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 Hey! Thanks for replying! Your a super inspirational rider! Best of luck to your career dude!
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 @claw how long did it take to build your dj set in the movie? did you have any help via friends, mini ex, or did you just do it all solo with a shovel?
  • + 1
 Those dj's were roughed in by machine and a bunch of buds helped shape em up!
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 haha sweet thanks for replying
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 @scottsecco @stephan

Love the Mathews brothers segment. That last hit was nuts. Why didn't Peters name come on the screen. Did his manly mustache cover it up?
  • + 1
 @jackhennigan Yes. The #ForceofPeter was too strong.
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 @mattmacduff : injury update , id love to know how many bones if any have you broken in order to get to thag alien level of riding. You are a True inspiration just curious
  • + 5
 To date I've had 21 fractures and I've been riding for 9 years. Anybody can do anything with a little luck and some perseverance.
  • + 2
 Do you know that some guys from China download the film from Pinkbike and upload it on youku.com as I knew.How do you stop them?BTW,I really hate these guys.
  • + 1
 @whistlersquid
Do you still get to play around on hardtails and dick about like the early earthed videos. Or has Mtb being super professional caught you up like the rest of the dh racing.
  • + 4
 No lopes on the athlete list? I was really impressed with his segment.
  • + 1
 BL55 was unavailable today unfortunately, maybe he'll be able to answer a few questions later this week? Stoked you liked his segment. @cmac shot all of it as I was busy working on another part of the movie. They killed it!
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 Cool,thanks. You should be really proud of this work.

On another note, dos anyone know what
Video they showed as the opener at the Calgary premier? Had some great local content....
  • + 2
 @scottsecco - Why did you focus purely on the freeride side of things? There's an art to digging natural trails too, working with nature..
  • + 1
 Hi @bonkywonky, the freeride emphasis came because that's what all the athletes wanted to ride! Natural trails are great, but we let the riders decide what lines they want to film on.
  • + 1
 @bmclane @scottsecco I recently moved to Las Vegas, NV and there isn't anything to ride... How do I go about getting permission to build and/or dig at my nearest mountain? (Mt. Charleston)
  • + 1
 Hi @geerumm I'm not too familiar with the Vegas riding scene but I would suggest visiting a local bike shop and see if there's a trail society or bike club in town. Good luck!
  • + 2
 I would suggest joining your local bike club and get involved with them. They will have those answers and a whole lot more, perhaps bigger projects you can get involved with! There's real power in numbers.
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 @jim77 on a yearly average...how many pairs of brake pad and underwear do you go through?
  • + 7
 usually go through a couple sets of pads and my underwear stay clean as a whistle
  • + 1
 @scottsecco where in campbell river? what time? id like to go but cant find any info on when and where, going it make it really hard to go if i dont know where im going........
  • + 1
 Hi @blowfish1, I just checked with Rose and it sounds like she's got you sorted out with info. Stoked for you to see the movie!
  • + 1
 @BangBangTheMovie @hauck4130 How long do you spend on average, to get a spot up and running and has there been a time when you have just stopped cause its been taking so long? Also working on one in nj .
  • + 1
 @claw Some of my friends and I are trying to make a more exiting trail, but we are all under 15 and have no real legal place to build was wondering if you knew anything about getting permission to build.
  • + 1
 @claw @bear34 @guy87 @BangBangTheMovie @jim77 and everyone else involved in this amazing movie if you could have chosen one more person to film with, who would it be
  • + 4
 Dylan Sherrard!
  • + 1
 @Mtbkid21 Sherrard, Dylan Sheffer, and Dean Tennant.
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 What does the crew usually bring when you guys start working on a trail or working on jumps? Like how many shovels, how big is the crew, what type of chainsaws and such?
  • + 2
 Husky or stihl saw Spiral nails Broad headed pick and flat head shovels Passlode cordless air nail gun
  • + 1
 you can build just about anything with a pulaski, a shovel and a chainsaw!
  • + 3
 Bill McLane - how do you make your timelapses so dreamy??
  • + 4
 Mostly his beardface and wilderness bathing skills, I assume!
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 super secret interval settings, post-processing techniques, and expensive glass. thanks man!
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 In my heart, always and forever
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 She's married to Marc-Andre Locat and living in Barcelona.
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 @scottsecco will builder be on Netflix if so when?
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 @ttlc007 I hope so! We'll be finding out soon.
  • + 1
 Builder movie was rad, music was decent, but I have yet to see a movie better than The Collective. The Collective is the GOAT when it comes to MTB movies
  • + 1
 @eball The Collective is a true classic! Watching it made me fall in love with mountain biking.
  • + 1
 Hey @scottsecco not offense to your movie in any way with my comment, Builder was super rad in my opinion and Matt Mcduff's segment was crazy, CONGRATS, but there was something about the Collective that made everyone fall in love with Mountain Biking
  • + 1
 haha no worries @eball, my favourite movie is Life Cycles so everyone has their own preference. If there was only one right way to make a bike movie then the world would be a boring place.
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 which was the hardest to film?
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 @nofear259 The most difficult segment to shoot was Garett Buehler's. He was fantastic to work with, but the weather was horrible! We actually missed several days of shooting because of snow falling on the trail.
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 @claw Cool to see you in this film, you're a legend! Speaking of building... We were in Whistler yesterday and didn't see you digging in the bone yard, how come?
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 How many shovels and other tools were broken during the building of each segment?
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 None in mine !
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 Did in 2 shovels and broke 1 bucket. Pretty mellow list!
  • + 4
 lots of crap got wrecked when we made the concrete quarter. 26 80lbs bags of quickcrete got hauled up this trail on ma lap on a mini bike. Not to mention the every tool that gets used for that build.... and your truck. It was worth it @vermonster
  • + 1
 @scottsecco broke a rake and a shovel of mine in one 20 minute span, personally I broke a pulaski and a rake, couple buckets bit the dust, 10' of chainsaw chain
  • + 1
 @vermonster @bmclane It's true I'm an idiot. It was actually kind of impressive if it weren't so dumb.
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 @scottsecco - Sorry to sound pushy but, now that you've made one movie (a really good movie by the way!) do you have an itch to have a crack at another one?
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 @GNARbikeparkUK Thank you so much! I would absolutely love to make another movie. For me Builder was an experiment to see if I could even pull it off, and now that I know it's possible, I just want to top it.
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 @stephen - Does your brother also have alarmingly long toes? If not, does this explain why he has more style than you on a bike?
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 He's more of a flat-footed caveman actually.
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 @builders-anyone ever called the cops or ask too many questions after purchasing pick-axe, shovel and tampers in the local hardware store?
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 I can't say..
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 @claw Great movie, nice trails and great work!
I have an extra ordinary question; What do you think about next episode of "Where The Trail Ends" ?
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 Follow my adventures on insty at dberrecloth
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 @scottsecco
- how many footage have you collected?
- how many time you spent for editing?
- how many time before world premiere you finished the movie?
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 Hi @KubaGzela: I shot about 3TB of footage for the movie. I edited each night after I finished shooting, so it was about eight months I guess? I would estimate 400+ hours of editing. I finished the movie three days before the world premiere. It was much for stressful finishing the final version for iTunes! I finished that at 5am and sent the movie in at 7am the morning after it was due. Thankfully it was ok.
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 @mattmacduff, I saw a pic of you hanging from your awesome sideways spiral thing. How do yo get down from there, and how gnarly is it when you can't grab the structure?
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 I am terrified of that thing... Its not built right so its VERY sketchy... not to mention pretty high off the ground too
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 To all...
Are there any trails/lines that were so good to each of you personally that you'd never share em outside your circle of trust? How big is that circle? 2-3?
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 Nope the whole no dig no ride thing has always bugged me. We dig for ourselves and our friends have things to ride. Who wants to ride by themselves anyways. I say no dig come ride but if you wreck it fix it.
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 Thnx for the response, claw. Sharing but caring for it. Agreed.
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 secret trails are lame, i enjoy traveling to other towns and riding their trails, everyone's welcome in mine to ride ours.
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 @scottsecco What was your first video camera when you were starting out? What budget camera would you recommend to someone looking to get into filming action sports?
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 Hi @BaeckerX1, my first camera was a Canon HV-30 which shot Mini-DV tape and was an absolute nightmare to use. For anyone starting out I would recommend something like the Canon T5i (or if you have the money, a Panasonic GH4). I think it's important to learn your camera settings on a camera with manual settings. Also, photography itself is a really good teacher for video. If your shot looks good as a photo, then it's probably good as a video. Good luck filming!
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 @scottsecco what woul you recomend for someone who want's to start filming? wich were your first steps? btw amazing film
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 Film as much as you can, and shoot with the very best riders you can. Don't post anything online until it's as good as it can be. Film for multiple days and don't use filler, no one needs to see someone making coffee. Get your videos posted in Movie Monday, then on the homepage, then as VOD. You have to love filmmaking and you definitely have to work hard! I've been filming for seven years and I didn't get paid until two years ago. It takes time, but if you're truly passionate about it, you can make it happen. I also asked tons of questions to the people I admire: Aaron LaRocque, Nic Genovese, the Life Cycles guys. I also interned for Sherpas Cinema for a summer which was mindblowing. Good luck filming!
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 @claw Where did You build Your first trails? On your own plot, on one you had the permission to build or just wherever you wanted to (even illegally)?
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 @claw any tips for building in general? I'm trying to start building a trail at the moment just any ideas on what wood to use dirt and how to build them
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 @garettbuehler that line you say is there for sessioning is huge! What town is it outside of?
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 @scotttherider That would be Nelson, British Columbia. The riding and town are fantastic.
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 tell me about garry lol
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 Garry is a true trail building legend.
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 @jim77 Will we see an indian air + tank top for rampage this year?
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 you'll just have to with and see there bud.
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 @mattmacduff Would you put brakes if you would have chance to ride Redbull Joyride?
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 To be completely honest the chances of me ever riding at Red Bull Joyride are extremely low, I will never be a part of the FMB therefore I will never be on the diamond tour. However I will continue to do my own thing and if I ever got the honour depending of the course I would consider it for sure.
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 Scott I have talked to you before
But for a wider audience
Any tips on making it in the mtb film world?
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 Hi @mountainbiker-finn, thanks for the great question!

My best advice to someone who is starting out is to simply film as much as they can, and try and get better every video. Another piece of advice I can offer is: post quality, not quantity. There's no point posting one video every week when they all suck. Take your time to make something memorable, make every shot count. In the mountain bike world, I would say the best way to start is to get a video in Movie Monday, then one on the homepage, then a Video of the Day here on Pinkbike. That's how Harrison Mendel and Rupert Walker started and now they shoot with the top dogs in the sport. You have to truly love it, as you need a burning passion to succeed at filmmaking and turn it into a career. If you don't love it, then there are far easier jobs out there. As far as internships go, I was lucky enough to get an internship with Sherpas Cinema while they were editing Into the Mind. It was really influential for me as I saw the crushing stress of an imminent premiere deadline and learned just how much work it takes to actually finish a movie. I spent four months living in Whistler in a seriously shitty suite just to have the chance to learn from the best. Try and find some local filmmakers who inspire you and then email them to see if they need help. Most of them are actually pretty nice, passionate, individuals who love the sport as much as you do. Good luck with your videos!
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 @guy87 Was wondering if you had any tips on building berms, I am trying to make a dirt jump.
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 @BangBangTheMovie how come you have never filmed a banger edit at creek just slaying the place?
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 @scottsecco How many times do u think you dropped your ladder while filming segments for the hole movie ?
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 @alexhinkson slightly less than the amount of times @marleh got wasted.
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 @claw - Grai Beal thinks it would be a good thing if you and I went out on a date together... Would you agree?
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 @scottsecco how many PB&J sandwiches did you eat during the making of the film? and do you still eat them today
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 Literally uncountable. I'm actually eating one right now.
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 @scottsecco How many camera angles did you get for each segment and how many of the shots did you actually use?
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 @claw Will you show us this year at rampage how to hit huge drops like in Builder?
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 Yep
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 Any of you have any tips on trail riding (and not breaking) a cross country bike or on how to upgrade on a budget
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 when will the movie be available in Mexico ?
  • + 1
 Hi @wolfguerrero, I'm not sure, I'll check with the distributor. Stoked for you to see it!
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 @whistlersquid Why did you choose Canadian Open to film on opposed to other gnarly trails? So Rad!
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 Hi @hartlandmountainbiker, good question! That was actually a decision @bear34 and I came up with. We chose the Canadian Open specifically because of Heckler's Rock. I knew going in that we wanted Kovarik to have a raw segment and we thought that a dramatic crowd and great sound design (courtesy of Keith White Audio) would help you feel as if you were inside his helmet during a race run. That was the goal anyway, hopefully it translated on screen.
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 @bear34. How did you feel hitting that big drop knowing something could go wrong and you have a full time job and a family?
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 Good question. It certainly creeps into my head sometimes when I'm pushing myself but I feel the lines I'm riding are relative to my skill level and what I'm comfortable doing so there's less risk. I also take lots of measures to ensure crash zones are safe so if something does go wrong on a move the impact is minimal. The most damaging crash I had filming for the movie was actually just riding trail where I slipped out and smoked a tree...the way it goes I guess. Family and paying the bills are the most important but my love for the sport and my own progression is still there which is why I wanted to have a strong segment. Also, I look forward to showing my sons the movie one day which is motivation enough.
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 @bear34 Good to hear! Thanks for the reply! Hopefully we will ride some time in the future again and show you some of my lines that I have built. Also possibly get that Chilcotin off your hands if you still have it. Smile

-Thomas
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 @bmclane It was cool to see you in a film and local trails / features shown. How did you get into building?
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 Thanks man! I appreciate it Smile I got into building about 12 years ago, the kind of trail that I wanted to ride didn't exist in my hometown, so a buddy and I got to work. Once we finished the first one we just never stopped.
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 @whistlersquid could you please give a short overview over your suspension setting... always love to see your aggressions
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 Hi @bOObdesign , Im riding the new intense M16 with fox suspension, i weigh 85kg and have my fox 40's set at 80psi, 4 air volume spacers with the compression set in the middle, high speed rebound mostly off. Rear is 170psi, with a 500# spring, bottom out set at about halfway, high and low speed set about half way aswell, cheers
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 Thx a lot! Which spring (colour) did you use for your older 40's?
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 Anyone- How many bikes/frames were ruined making this film?
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 @builders-anyone
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 @HardtailHucker03 Everyone's bikes survived unscathed! We did see a few broken helmet visors though.
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 @mattmacduff
What has inspired you to pursue freestyle mountain biking with such conviction and bravery?
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 The Mtb Gods.
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 What are some methods or rituals do you use to calm the nerves/mind before you guinea piggin a gnarly feature you made?
  • + 1
 When you guys build jumps, do you dig all the dirt or do you buy it or any other way?
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 @mattmacduff can we get a little tease of the features n stunts you are planning?
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 All I can say is everything at the SOF and in builder, I dreamed up over 3 years ago. Stay tuned!
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 Between the Claw & a woodchuck, who do you think could chuck the most wood?
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 the claw would win while drinking beer with the other hand
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 Matt Mcduff, what inspired you and your friends to build such a crazy course?
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 The Mtb gods
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 @scottsecco what type of cable cam do you use ? A motorized one ? Those shots are awesome
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 The legendary Scott Davis-Fisch welded up a frame and I used some cheap wheels from a hardware store and 8mm static rock climbing rope. I wrap the rope around a tree so there are two lines, and the camera sits upside down hanging off a tripod head. My braking system is: the camera slams into a bunch of towels to slow down before the end of the line. It's sketchy but it works.
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 Seems to work well, cool system ! Thanks @scottsecco
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 Any of you guys ever take an Arrow to the Knee?
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 @scottseco what's the chances of a @hauck4130 vs. @mattmacduff street session battle video?
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 @neuway Just let me know the time and place and I'll film it!
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 @hauck4130 @mattmacduff lets get this done! The world deserves to see two of the worlds sickest street riders duke it out.
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 @mattmacduff

Review bazooka, is it ever coming back?
thanks
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 Something tells me..... yes!
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 Not a question, but good to meet you on the climb up Burke sunday Ryan! I was on the process with a buddy on a chilcotin.
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 @mattmacduff how do you handle the pressure and the fear of doing some gnarly stuff?
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 I find a sick tree, and knock on it a couple times.
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 @hauck4130 do you have some friends that are just "rakers"
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 I just like to ask what tools do you guys use to make sick trails?
  • + 1
 Pickaxe, Pulaski, Shovel, Rake, Buckets, Bowsaw, and a Chainsaw!
  • + 1
 pulaski, pick axe, shovel, pry bar, rake, buckets, chainsaw(s), drawknife, hammer, levels, blue-line stringy thing,
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 How to build the perfect berm? Smile
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 @YannisWilli Practice! Keep on building and riding until you find the perfect shape.
  • + 0
 What is the worst type of faeces that you have trodden in whilst out building in the woods?
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 human.
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 how much do you guys ride besides building?
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 In the winter I build WAY more than I ride, but in the summer I'm busy working so I don't do much of either!
  • + 1
 What do you think is the best trail you've built so far?
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 can't believe aron chase still on a redbull helmet
  • + 1
 Not here to ask anything, just wanted to let you know that you guys rock!
  • + 1
 Thanks @belko1998! Stoked you enjoyed the movie.
  • + 1
 Are those prototype Chromag bars in the picture, OSX 35?
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 @claw @bear34 Do you two have a sibling rivalry
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 When we were kids I used to beat him up. When it comes to biking I would say there's none. Biking is a passion we share and are stoked to enjoy it together when we can.
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 Thanks, and for the record it is nearly the same with me and my little bro
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 @mattmacduff how many bike parts did you break during all of this
  • + 1
 When do the Pre-orderd DVDs ship?
  • + 1
 @LukeBurgie When we get them in the Pinkbike store! Likely in mid-June. Sorry for the wait, but thank you for the order!
  • + 1
 Do you ever get dirt in your mouth a lot?
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 Is there any possibility to join builder crews as a job?
  • + 1
 Or are there anything specific things you can do to get some "official qualifications" to get recognised as a trail builder?
  • + 1
 Thanks for all the hard work and a great video!
  • + 1
 Thanks @fatenduro! Stoked to hear you like the movie. That's just awesome.
  • + 1
 @hauck4130 how long did you guys spend on the dirt half pipe?
  • + 1
 well @peterjamo4 think we clocked in at a over $800
  • + 1
 @guy87 Where in Naniamo did you build your trail in the movie? Looks fun
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 @BangBangTheMovie can we shred at creek and hit up the log drop?
  • + 1
 @thatMTBER19 Yeah man! That thing is taller than you think, but HELL YES
  • + 1
 Adam why are you sponsored by deity and ride answer bars?
  • + 1
 hes on hayes components and Answer is a part of hayes.. so it obviously isnt in his contrsct to ride deity bars..
  • + 1
 and isn't he testing a answer prototype 31.8 3"rise bar
  • + 1
 yeah i wondered this at the dominion riverrock comp last weekend
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 Why was the movie so good?
  • + 1
 @squampton99 haha stoked to hear you thought so! I just love bike movies and tried to make a movie that I would want to watch with my friends.
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 @whistlersquid
A little useful advice to go faster on trails?
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 @Theblackrider keep your chip up, looking ahead scanning the trail or terrain ahead, good body position, knowing how to lean and manoeuvre your bike well helps, good brakes help to, if you can pull up or stop quick you can brake later into corners or sections, bike set up, suspension theres a lot of factors, cheers
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 Thanks men!Smile
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 How are you so fast? @whistlersquid
  • + 1
 Good job on the movie @scottsecco
  • + 1
 Thanks @thatMTBER19! I really appreciate the kind words, this was definitely a passion project.
  • + 1
 What would you do if you only had access to flat terrain?
  • + 2
 @torquelewith: Is moving an option? Mountains are the best.
  • + 1
 @scottsecco: Unfortunately no, the midwest sucks.
  • + 2
 big roll in
  • + 3
 i'd build the worlds most elaborate pump track!
  • + 1
 Who grills up the best grub and brings good cervezas?
  • + 2
 @fullbug Definitely @Margus! Ultimate badass photographer, rider, and chef. He knows how to party.
  • + 1
 Nice! You guys livin the dream. Carry on, gentlemen.
  • + 1
 @mattmacduff how did you get your hands on that sick jacked up school bus?
  • + 1
 Its my bros, He built it himself and he's one hell of a bad ass!
  • + 1
 aaron chase where is the dirt pipe?
  • + 2
 At the end of a shovel...
  • + 1
 wait up @esolo1017 not so fast... @j0302 whatcha got?
  • + 1
 @scottsecco What's your take on drones? You ever use them?
  • + 1
 @BaeckerX1 Drones are awesome! Unfortunately I have a nasty habit of breaking camera gear so I decided to wait until after Builder to get airborne myself. The budget wasn't really there to hire a skilled drone op for this movie, but hopefully on the next one!
  • + 1
 YEAH @scottsecco ? Why don't you use them...Wink
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 @BangBangTheMovie Sorry Chase!! I couldn't find a spot where those shots fit... I owe you bigtime though.
  • + 1
 Are twenty-niners cool @mattmmacduff
  • + 1
 Hey Builder guys can you give me some advice for trailbuilidng?
Thanks!
  • + 2
 Only way to learn is to try!
  • + 1
 @TheCraziestGuy ^The Claw is The Law.
  • + 1
 Trial and error. Be creative and not scared to fail.
  • + 2
 build it, ride it, change it if it doesn't work! be flexible with your final product.
  • + 1
 Were the jumps/zones just used for the movie or can the public ride them?
  • + 0
 where is semunuek @scottseco
  • + 4
 Unfortunately he was busy shooting for The UnReal and Revel in the Chaos. I would love to film with him in the future.
  • + 1
 Do you sometimes lift?
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 Are u pro?
  • + 1
 Holy shit Gully! O.o
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 guide always helpful.... me head hurt when doing math
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