Goodbye Summer... Hello Fall!

Oct 19, 2010
by Scott Secco  
As summer quickly fades from memory I have 3 edits to bring back memories of golden evenings and dusty trails (and one to make you 'fall' in love with Fall all over again).

Read on and enjoy the 4 videos,

Living in Victoria BC, I'm presented with an abundance of skilled riders and visually stunning terrain. It's a shooter's dream to have a setup like this and there is a reason Aaron Larocque made Victoria his home for the filming of What's Next. I spent the summer digging fresh lines, filming and doing a little riding (as well as working to pay for school). I hope you like my work and expect bigger and better things in the future. New stunts, new camera and new edits.

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Strahan Loken

Strahan is a new father and engineer so time is always at a premium. The secrets of the Sooke Hills are well known to him and we hiked off the beaten path to where the trails are fast and loose. I'd been trying to organize this shoot with him for several weeks, but the opportunity never presented itself... until one night in August. This was the type of light that Larocque was after for Project Gold and it was mind blowing. A south-westerly wind took smoke from the mainland and sent it our way, diffusing the last rays of the sun and bathing everything in hazy god rays. We raced against the clock to capture what we could and then made our way out as dusk settled.

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Pelle Gustavs

Pelle and I made the journey up Island for an all out assault on Mt. Washington. During the drive up we mapped out our plan of attack and discussed shot concepts while the odometer wracked up the miles. We spent the morning getting acquainted with the mountain and checking out the plethora of options that the trail builders have created. My day of riding ended all too early after I got a little too zesty on a corner and my head made first contact with a pine tree. After shaking that off I didn't even get to finish the run before discovering I had a flat! I took this to be a sign to call it a day before any real damage was done, so I headed back to the car to grab my gear. The timing turned out to be perfect as we needed to have lunch and wait for the light to start firing. We literally shot till the lifts closed and the last riding shot (the one from the gondola) was the final time the lift went up that evening. It was, without a doubt the most vertical I've hiked in one day, but the effort definitely paid off: Pelle killed it and we got what we came for. We were both exhausted on the drive home and had to shotgun A&W root beer to stay awake. Without a doubt the best way to spend the last weekend of summer.

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Cole & Luke Fulton

Luke Fulton is probably well known to anyone who frequents Pinkbike and he is a phenomenal dirt jumper. His little brother Cole is awesome as well, on the bike and behind the lens. These guys have been jumping since they first rode tricycles and the progression is endless. It definitely helps when you have a set of manicured jumps in your front yard. As any true dirt jumper knows you have to put in the shovel time to have fun lines to ride and these two have put in the hours. Gotta earn it.

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Strahan Loken & Ken Perras

Fall is always hard on those that love two wheels. The trails are moist and provide epic traction for some of the best riding of any season... but... the inevitable knowledge of winter is always lurking in the shadows. Strahan and Ken spent an average Sunday appreciating the bounty of trails the Island has to offer. A little rain the night before was a blessing and a reminder to appreciate the trails before the slow descent into unrideable muck. The bonus on this particular trip was a visit from what Strahan calls 'the Unicorn'. Anyone can shoot in golden hour during a fiery sunset, but fog is special, it is one of the most unpredictable and visually stunning natural phenomenons you can actually ride in. Like a mythological creature, it is sneaky and elusive, everywhere and then gone. I have never been lucky enough to have an hour of fog, let alone an entire day, but apparently the video gods were smiling on us that day. I hope the video does it justice because it was surreal out there, riding through clouds on 26" wheels.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my work.

Keep watching,
Scott Secco

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17 Comments
  • 11 1
 those are pretty good, my favourite one is the Mt Washington one. But I think you should make them a bit longer, they are all around 1:30, which is pretty short and you're more likely to get VOD if they are a little longer (at least I think so) so you just need to film more!

and I'm gonna give you a little piece of advice, you dont always need to wait for the beat to come to change clips, I know its fun to edit on the beat but sometimes that makes it worse than it could be. (I noticed this more in the first Strahan Loken vid and Cole and Luke Fulton vid) For example, in my Whistler Slopestyle 2010 video I basically ignored the beat when editing each riders segment(6th-1st), and only paid attention to what is the most interesting parts of the shot and used only that. Sometimes I found coincidentally the beat fell right on some edits which was pretty cool. But of course there are times when I purposely edit on the beat and you should know when that is.

so for some shots you kept it on after they left the frame and nothing is going on, your basically wasting my time with that, when you could edit earlier and make it more interesting and sustain my interest longer.
  • 3 0
 I actually liked the length of the videos. It seemed like Scott concentrated really hard on keeping the footage really tight. Overall I've really enjoyed Scott's videos and how he works the light. I liked the video with Ken and Strahan in the woods the best - the fog was magical. It was treat to watch and reminded me of how good Island riding can be
  • 2 0
 No way keep them short! Nobody has time to watch long videos!
  • 1 0
 boostmasters point is that the edits are extremly short. they would be alot better if he used more footage to make the edits just a little longer like at least over 2 minutes
  • 6 0
 Bros Next! that first video of Strahan is so dialed, keep up the good work Scott!
  • 3 0
 great last video, so nice to see some riding that isn't at a superman advanced level, nice flow and fun riding with mates!!
  • 3 0
 Props to you for all of this Scott. Keep us posted.
  • 2 0
 loved the little whip on the last video at the end hahaha Razz nice videos Smile
  • 1 0
 Last vid: well done! now you have a scratch on your rim. LOL jk. Good vids, I like the first one more.
  • 1 0
 What trail was that you shot Ken & Strahan on? Keep up the good work Scott!
  • 1 0
 There were a couple different trails. All of them at Mount Tzouhalem, in Duncan
  • 2 0
 awesome camera work, great riding, and sureal locations!
  • 1 0
 *Sigh* Only 7 more months till riding season up in Northern BC.
  • 1 0
 up here in canada its alredy winter
  • 1 1
 luke fulton shreds !! and im guessing that was his brother, he also does
  • 1 1
 not the best use of camera angles ever but very good, nice vids.
  • 1 1
 HAHAHA that photo.. rip off of coastal crew much???







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