Must Watch: Changing Seasons with Mark Matthews - RAW

Nov 26, 2020
by Scott Bell  


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.’



bigquotes“When all my travel and project plans came to a halt this Spring, I had to pivot and direct all my focus back to trail building. Normally I build all winter but this year it’s constant. I decided to go outside my comfort zone, regularly post YouTube vlogs, and document my journey of solo trail building throughout the year while we are social distancing. The result was a brand new jump trail and a brand new fan base who came along for the ride! After four months of building, I knew it was time to put together something rad to showcase my trail and the area surrounding it.

This is my first time shooting a raw video and it was a massive endeavor! We underestimated how much work it would be. Sometimes single cable cam shots took all day, and the visuals were only half of the equation because the sound design is so important. Between the building, filming, and hours Scott spent in the editing room - a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this project. It was worth every inch of effort! ”
Mark Matthews, rider



bigquotes“When Mark and I talked about filming a raw edit we thought it would be a pretty straight forward project with a bit of extra work capturing quality audio. A few days into the shoot and we realized that wasn’t the case. With a self-imposed parameter of no slow motion, the sheer number of shots needed to fill out a video of a reasonable length was significant. From the beginning we decided to build the edit around a series of long cable camera shots that would put the viewer into the scene. With my homemade, gravity powered cable rig we knew this would be a time-consuming task. What we didn’t know is that we had just committed to a nine-day shoot for a one minute and thirty seven second video.”Scott Bell, cinematographer



bigquotes“I gotta say, I was so stoked to be a part of this film; working with these committed, hard working creative dudes is always a great time and a good laugh. First off, having a rider who is next level skilled, dedicated, and consistent makes the photographer’s job so much easier, and that is certainly the case with Mark. On top of that, you’ve got Scott’s insane creativity and attention to detail which never ceases to blow my mind. It was so rad to see their vision come to life after each new clip was added to the bank. The weather didn’t always cooperate, so when the sun was out, we spent time finding new angles, having a laugh, and looking for chanterelles. This project has been such a highlight for me this year, it’s awesome to work with such a good crew and I’m stoked to keep making magic with these guys.”Jarrett Lindal, photographer



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 Bikes
Director: Scott Bell and Mark Matthews
Cinematography and Post Production: Scott Bell
Photography: Jarrett Lindal
Trail Building: Mark Matthews, Dougal Browne, Trev Or, and Paul Young
Special Thanks: Ryan de Milliano and Kurt Beaton


96 Comments

  • 160 0
 Thanks everyone! I'm super happy with how this one came together. If you're interested in seeing the process of how this trail was built, I've documented everything in my YouTube vlogs here: www.youtube.com/markmatthewsmtb
  • 6 0
 Just keep shedding man!
  • 1 0
 This comes second to your whistler raw video a few years ago, still my favorite. Both filled with clean, raw and simple shredding.
  • 4 0
 Sick edit, lovely photos. worth all the spade work!
  • 6 0
 Best RAW sound from a raw video to date. Nice!
  • 7 0
 @mayha49: Thanks! We put a lot of extra effort into capturing great audio, glad it came through!
  • 2 0
 Nice channel, just subscribed.
  • 1 0
 Best Line Again!!!
  • 1 0
 @scottbellvisuals: What mic was used on the bike?
  • 1 0
 @mmatthes best music part ever in a video
  • 1 0
 Fantastic work. Really enjoyed watching that. Keep it up!
  • 2 0
 @adventuresbycole: It's a Tascam DR-10X. BTS of this video coming on my youtube channel tomorrow. www.youtube.com/channel/UC17Pd7900p-XcAYwyVro4sw
  • 51 0
 Hot damn!! I seriously wanna go ride my bike now! That triple into a 90* left hander and didn’t hit the tree just blew my mind’ Mark your such a sick trail builder/rider! Amazing work bro!
  • 2 0
 Thanks so much!! You should see the first attempt on that. Cutting it close! haha
youtu.be/yPAxJSo0acI?t=242
  • 19 1
 WAWAWEEWA, Killer vid, killer photos, Nice work everyone involved. Now time to go riding and try and be like mark
  • 2 0
 Thanks Stephane! Glad you enjoyed the vid. Get on that bike and shred!
  • 4 0
 You know its good when there's at least one excited Borat noise in the comments. thanks man!
  • 16 1
 I don't think I've ever seen a better edit than this. That was unreal. Great riding, trail design, and film making. And the extra photography is gorgeous too. Wow, I'm inspired.
  • 3 1
 Thanks for the kind words!
  • 4 0
 @jarrett-lindal-media: incredible editing man!!
  • 11 0
 Ever since sweat equity, clicking on a mark matthews video is a no brainer for me
  • 4 0
 Rad!! That's an old one haha
  • 9 0
 Awesome vid!!! And nice to see a full face being worn for this kind of riding... would like to see more of that to help influence to "cool factor" and the kids! Will be showing this shredit to my kiddos for sure!
  • 9 0
 Such great work guys! Awesome filmmaking, photography, trail building, and riding. Crushed it!
  • 3 0
 Thanks man, means a lot coming from you!
  • 3 0
 Yeah, that means a lot Scott, thank you so much!
  • 6 0
 Amazing video. The sound was truly standout too. Nice job!
  • 3 0
 Thanks! We gave the sound a lot of extra love on this one.
  • 2 0
 @scottbellvisuals: Yeah, it really shows on the final berm shot! Great work. The trail looks fun as hell.
  • 2 0
 @Neale78: Thanks, I love the fade away with the leaves on that shot.
  • 4 0
 The sound work really stands out. How lucky are all of us for how quiet bikes have become? Nice to enjoy the sound of tires on dirt and little else.
  • 5 0
 Excellent video, so fun to watch–sound, riding, video work was all great.
  • 1 0
 Thanks a lot for watching!
  • 5 0
 Killer vid guys! That trail looks amazing (and sounds) amazing!
  • 5 0
 That was very satisfying!
  • 5 0
 This is ridiculously good. No words other than smooth, fast and rad.
  • 4 0
 Great video!!!!!!! no bullshit morning coffee shot walking out of the garage. Straight riding, take note
  • 3 0
 f*ck yeah. Stylish as hell. @mmatthews have you ever though about trying to Fastplant that stump jump? That would be so sick!!
  • 4 0
 How does Mark Matthews not have bigger named sponsors, (besides Shimano)?

The dude absolutely sends it.
  • 3 0
 Wow, that's a dream come true. Incredible work. 10/10! Thanks guys!!

I think the beauty of RAW sound is something we all can agree on.
I was never a fan of hub buzz anyway.
  • 2 0
 Obsessed brain read it as Raaw at first, thought it might be a press release with more information about the new short travel Jibb frame. Geek
  • 4 1
 The fracturing of MTB design and the creation of distinct novel genres:

Old school MTBs -> Gravel bikes
Mid school MTBs -> Slope/jump bikes
Late-mid school MTBs -> jib bikes
New school MTBs -> MTBs
  • 2 0
 @dirtyburger: I meant as in the name of their new frame, it's called the "Jibb".
  • 1 0
 @DirkMcClerkin: haha, whoops. Oh well, I still stand by my armchair analysis.
  • 3 0
 What a legend. Been watching the build on YouTube. Definitely has givin me some good ideas
  • 2 0
 Thanks man! Stoked you've been following along.
  • 3 0
 That was sick! Great job on the building and riding it really makes you wanna shred!
  • 3 0
 The sound is unreal, watch it. Watch it again but louder. Damn, this is the sound of speed.
  • 1 0
 Absolutely amazing Mark....kudos! I still watch your Whistler edit from many snows ago almost monthly www.pinkbike.com/video/315286

Great to see you continuing to kill it.
  • 3 0
 Well that was ThanksFuckingAwesome!!!!
  • 3 0
 Love watching this dude ride, so good
  • 5 1
 He almost hit that tree.
  • 3 0
 ya that looked close The only part of his riding I could see myself pulling off. So sweet watching him fly that bike. Thanks for the inspiration to keep pitching it in!
  • 3 0
 Amazing. 9 times out of 10 the raw sounds of riding are better than music.
  • 2 0
 Seriously, this video is the perfect counterpart to your award winning gopro run!
  • 3 0
 whaaat???!!! great video ! congrats!!!
  • 2 0
 I saved nearly every single photo to my desktop! Rad photos. Rad riding. Rad filming.
  • 1 0
 Haha awesome! glad you liked the pics, thank you.
  • 3 0
 THE best vid this year, props to all concerned
  • 2 0
 Soooo sick. Been waiting for this one. That's about as close as it gets at 1:20!
  • 4 0
 Premium content.
  • 3 0
 UUUUMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 AAAAAHHHMAAAZING!!!
  • 1 1
 AAAAAUUUUUHHHHHHH YEEESSSS!!!
  • 2 0
 Damn! Great footage and riding. 0:47- 0:52 is such a sick sequence I had to rewatch a few times
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the comment! That shot took almost 12 hours to nail between camera movements, riding, and uncooperative weather! Glad it was worth it Smile
  • 3 0
 Sensational rider.
  • 2 0
 never before seen this many nasty whips in 90 secs.
  • 2 0
 What amazing track man, pure art work.
  • 3 0
 Mind blown...????
  • 2 0
 Mark Matthews - add to favorites before watching.
  • 3 0
 Holy crap that was rad!
  • 2 0
 That was a wonderful vid! What flow...
  • 2 0
 Definitely a second viewing needed. Nice work????
  • 2 0
 Pure clean mountain bike shredding. High fives to all involved!
  • 1 0
 There's not many video's I go back and watch multiple times or pass on as 'must see' video's. This is one.
  • 2 0
 Love it!
  • 1 0
 Always putting out solid work!
  • 1 0
 Makes me want to get out and build. Too bad the ground is about to freeze.
  • 2 0
 Edit of the year. Wow.
  • 1 0
 the microphone attached to the frame is a Rode microphones Wireless GO?
  • 1 0
 It's a Tascam-DR10X hooked to a Sennheiser MKE600. I'll be posting a BTS video about this project to my Youtube on Monday, stay tuned. www.youtube.com/channel/UC17Pd7900p-XcAYwyVro4sw
  • 1 0
 @scottbellvisuals: thanx, nice work!
  • 1 0
 Wow!
That moment at 1:20 Wink
adrenalin push fo sho.

Cheers!
  • 1 0
 1:20 that was the one moment in the video I can really relate to! Almost painting a tree!
  • 1 1
 BikePants with pockets!! Awesome!!!
  • 1 0
 That was incredible
  • 1 0
 Badass! All around.
  • 1 1
 That was even better than the GORPO winning video!!
  • 1 1
 Hot cornering!
  • 1 1
 Unreal Smile
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