Mike Hopkins: Flow State – Video

Jun 1, 2017
by Scott Secco  
Views: 37,887    Faves: 526    Comments: 43

Mike Hopkins in Revelstoke BC

Mike Hopkins Flow State Video


Behind the Scenes: Cable Cams


Views: 8,773    Faves: 141    Comments: 19


Presented by: @diamondbackbikes & @SRSuntour


Rider: Mike Hopkins
Video: Scott Secco
Sound Design: Keith White Audio
Photos: Paris Gore



68 Comments

  • + 64
 Definitley captured flow in that edit, the first, long cable cam follow was an amazing shot.
  • + 39
 holy moly boys, that was a treat for the eyes
  • + 22
 Nice. I think Scott sums it up in that behind the scenes video when he says his bottom line is that he wants the video to make you want to go out there and ride your bike. For most of us, that's probable an easy threshold (I, for one, am a bit like a Lab staring at that tennis ball in your hand - Ride? Ride? Ruff!!!), so perhaps it's more a matter of does this make you want to drop what you're doing, abandon grown-up responsibility, and take an extended lunch break?

I do have to take issue with the statement on towels, though - I mean, come on, we all know that 29er Super Boost towels would just blow these regular ones out of the water!

All visual wizardry aside - Scott keeps putting out his little master pieces, and then there's Bryn Atkinson doing his pared down, super-minimalist edits with stationary cameras - and while they are pretty different in their approaches, they both pass the gotta-go-ride-now test for me in a way not much else out there does. That's because they capture the flow of just flying through the woods on your bike in a way that gets downright visceral. Good stuff!

Gotta go ride now...
  • + 12
 Amazing how that bike has 2 different forks on it ????
  • + 1
 Good eyes!
  • + 6
 @brassmaster I'm always amazed what you people notice! Eagle eyes hahaha.
  • + 3
 @scottsecco: It doesn't detract from the video haha. You and Hopkins put out some great stuff ! ????
  • + 2
 Disregard the question marks there!
  • + 4
 @scottsecco: But he did not change his underpants, I noticed.
  • + 3
 Yes, durolux and auron..
  • + 7
 So what? I always carry a spare fork with me when i go biking.
  • + 8
 some pretty perfect riding right there. Putting wheels exactly where they need to be always. Super impressive out of jumps to the outside of turns. Inspired to get out and ride right now! Congrats Mike Hopkins and Diamondback! Video at like 1:13 shows the bike working super well too, impressive
  • + 8
 This in no way makes up for Trump's Paris Accord decision, but it took my mind off the bullshit for 1:30. Thanks for the hard work, @scottsecco and sick f'n hustle as usual, @hopkins
  • + 7
 I just got a release 3 about a month ago and I love it. I think it is the perfect example of how you can get a really great bike without spending $5,000+.
  • + 2
 Congrats! I picked up the Release 2. I love it as well Big Grin
  • + 7
 There were about 2700 PODs in that video. @scottsecco
What a treat. Would be amazing to work with you, mike and Paris one day
  • + 3
 Thanks @denomerdano! Well I'd definitely like to visit Spain someday...
  • + 4
 A far cry from the Hang On To The Ladders Atop The Van Driven By Jordan Dolly setup. LOL! Awesome vid. Always love the Behind The Scene stories and shots. Hope you guys well #Mahaole Bruddahs. @scottsecco @hopkins
  • + 6
 Oh, Baby I like it rawwww, yeah baby I like it rawww, oh baby I like it rawww, oh baby I like it rawww
  • + 3
 Thanks for the lyrics.
  • + 3
 That was great. Thank you so much for the making of video also. That was inspiring too. I love when people take a complicated thing and simplify it, and thats what you did.
  • + 3
 Nice!!! !!! great cable cam !! no need for super fancy expensive one, love it ! thanks for sharing guys ! !!! !@scottsecco you definitely set super high standard in video production !!! damn
  • + 1
 @scottsecco: Inspiring video as always, but was super stoked on the behind the scene footage. What camera would you recommend to an amateur looking to step up their game. Been looking at GH 4/GH 5, Sony A7 SII. 70% video 30% pics is how the camera will be used and my budget is not limitless. Thanks!
  • + 3
 @bsarfino - Haha this is always the (several thousand dollar) question! So the first thing I would consider is: do you have any money invested in lenses? The best camera in the world can't make a picture without a lens so it's important to consider the whole package - camera body and lens. Lenses will generally last you much longer than the camera itself since sensor technology moves so fast. I would say that the GH5 and the A7s II would be your best options for image quality but I definitely like the Sony more, based purely on lens selection. You would be absolutely stoked on either of those options. I think it might Be worth waiting for the A7 III though either to buy it or for that to drop the price on the II. One final caveat with those cameras... results can definitely vary based on user expertise. If you watch tutorials and spend time editing and colour correcting then they can compete with a $40,000 Red camera. If you run everything on full auto then it may not look as good as you expected. Anyway, hope that helps you somewhat and good luck shooting!
  • + 1
 @scottsecco : SO good. Thanks for the BTS, so fun to see how its made. Whats your poison, 30FPS for those slo-mo shots? Or do you undercrank or overcrank in post? Hopkins exited that berm faster than I can drive my car.
  • + 3
 Thanks @Heckler76! I shot all the real time at 24fps and used 120fps for the slow mo stuff. 30fps isn't enough to capture how fast he's moving!
  • + 4
 The lack of music was perfect.
  • + 2
 Killer job as always Scott, didnt know your cable cam was quite so DIY, might look into that...!
  • + 1
 @Nico-T Cheers dude! She's sketchy but gets the job done haha. Just takes 2-3 hours to get setup and actually get the shot when it's all said and done. Not exactly as fast as a MoVi...
  • + 1
 great video, great RAWWW and flow!!!111
but - why at the bigining video he ride on fork with the black legs? (at the ends legs a white) rub sore ?)
  • + 2
 Turned the fancy work speakers up loud an just took it all in , that was a class video .
  • + 2
 Anything by @scottsecco is pure gold! This man is brilliant behind the lens. Great riding by @hopkins as well
  • + 2
 The opening 25 seconds was an awesome shot, and it only got better. Nice work Scott and Mike!
  • + 2
 Dammit, at work - can only watch w/o sound. Will watch tonight with audio :-/
  • + 2
 Thanks for the BTS, it was really interesting! I would love to know how you guys did the sound recording as well
  • + 2
 holy shit, sweetest vid in a while!
  • + 2
 Awesome video. Made me want to ride. Bike looks rad too.
  • + 2
 Just Damn! Thank you for the behind the scenes look as well!
  • + 2
 Welp, it worked. All I want to do now is go for a ride.
  • + 2
 Love the long shots! The color of the bike and rider really stick out
  • + 2
 That makes me want to ride. Fantastic with out music too.
  • + 2
 Now that's a nice video that want me to go out and ride !!
  • + 2
 that was insane. great work!!!
  • + 2
 Nice one! Always enjoy your videos and Mike's riding!
  • + 2
 That was beautiful... The hub and tire tread was music to my ears!
  • + 2
 ayy love those slomo shots with the suspension compressing
  • + 2
 Nice work on both pieces, boys! Makin' magic as usual.
  • + 2
 Inspiring, boys! Thanks.
  • + 2
 Super nice videos. I especially liked the video of your cable cam.
  • + 2
 phenomenal, both vids. thanks guys
  • + 2
 Cablecam shots are insane! Behind the scenes was cool too.
  • + 2
 That's what it's all about.
  • + 2
 Drone or cable-cam? Can't really tell anymore.
  • + 2
 man you'd have to be a pretty ballin drone pilot to get thru them trees!
  • + 2
 Sweetness. Flow4show
  • + 1
 Flow state is that somewhere on VI? Duncan?
  • + 4
 @happychucky We filmed on Mt. Tzouhalem and Mt. Prevost. Such good trails!
  • + 1
 @scottsecco: Great Job. Duncan is amazing between those 2 and maple. Looks like the hidden Loam trail.
  • + 2
 What bike is this?
  • + 8
 @gooutsidetoday that would be a Diamondback Release 3! I'm biased since they sponsored this video, but they're honestly awesome bikes. Definitely worth a test ride if you can get your hands on one.
  • + 5
 @scottsecco: i thought it was! I shared this video with my buddy who literally just ordered a release 3 last night. Sick filming and riding man! Cheers
  • + 5
 @gooutsidetoday: Sweet! Hope he's stoked with it. I love mine.
  • + 1
 Sweet vid, what is the helmet?
  • + 2
 Hey @McArdle, Hopkins runs a Smith Forefront.
  • + 2
 @scottsecco: Thanks man, looks like a slick lid and a good fit!
  • + 2
 I like all of this.
  • + 2
 Like that .
  • + 2
 exactly how i ride

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