Mark Matthews has the eye of an artist when he builds his trails. He finds a picturesque landscape, identifies a line that complements his riding style, and spends hours in the forest, turning his vision into a creative masterpiece that translates beautifully to the screen. His newest line and the surrounding trail network provided the perfect setting to showcase speed and style against the backdrop of a lush Pacific Northwest forest. Complemented by the raw sounds of Mark’s bike on the trail we hope you enjoy ‘Changing Seasons.’
In order to have continuous audio that traveled with the rider during the cable camera shots, we devised an audio setup we could mount on Mark’s bike and allow him to ride unimpeded. After we captured footage of each section of trail, with the help of a small audio recorder, a good microphone, and a whole lot of gaff tape we captured audio of Mark’s riding for syncing in post. His line choice was so dialed that everything matched up and created the perfect blend of visuals and audio.
We had all the pieces in place – an amazing crew, a beautiful forest, prime trail conditions, and the right equipment for the job – when the weather decided to make things a bit more challenging. We’d arrive first thing in the morning to an overcast sky and spend an hour or two getting the cable camera set and camera movements dialed. Just as Mark was ready to drop in for the first real shot the clouds would part and flood the forest with patches of sunlight. A forest filled with dappled light is a filmer’s worst nightmare – it’s nearly impossible to create a pleasing image. We’d wait for moments of clouds to squeeze in a shot or two but these were some of the most difficult remote cable camera movements we had ever tried to pull off. Sometimes this meant we’d only go home with 10 seconds of usable video after eight hours of work. Despite the slow pace of getting footage in the bag, every time we nailed the shot, it all felt worth it.
This video was a labour of love. From the start everyone put in their all to make it come together. Within days of the final shots being captured British Columbia was hit with a massive storm, dropping a few inches of snow and soaking all the trails we had just finished filming. We squeezed this one in just in time to see this forest in its Autumn beauty.Supported by:
Marin BikesDirector: Scott Bell
and Mark MatthewsCinematography and Post Production:
Scott BellPhotography: Jarrett LindalTrail Building:
Mark Matthews, Dougal Browne, Trev Or, and Paul YoungSpecial Thanks: Ryan de Milliano
and Kurt Beaton