Short, Sweet & Totally Analogue - Video

Mar 22, 2018
by Pole Bicycles  

I have worked with Riku for a decade mostly filming freeskiing. Now and then he has asked if I were interested in filming mountain biking. Riku has always had a clear vision how he wants his riding to portrayed on video. I suggested shooting on one super8 cartridge and recording live audio on an external recorder. No music, nothing excessive. Just the rider, the bicycle, and the location.

bigquotesHartusvuori hill is a place where I spent most my childhood as my grandmother lives right next to it. When I was a child, our daily walks used to take place in the woods and trails of the area. It’s a peaceful spot, and nature is clean and untouched. Not many people spend time there even though Hartus is right next to the city center of Jämsä.

It wasn’t until recently when I found this place again while I was recovering from an ACL surgery. I took long walks looking at my childhood playground and remembering the times when my friends and I used to get drunk at a vantage point on top of the hill. I felt nostalgic. During those walks, I noticed that the narrow, bumpy and high-speed trails would be perfect for riding. I started cleaning branches and fallen trees from the trails. I also cleaned the vantage point from shards of glass. The woods of Hartusvuori became a prominent place for me to escape my physical limitation and a depressing period. Walking the trails, cleaning them and later on relearning to ride my bicycle again kept my head from going crazy. My knee literally rehabilitated in Hartusvuori.

In the summer of 2017, My knee was starting to feel strong and healthy. We have had plans with Aarni to film mountain biking in the summer if our schedules would let us. The natural an untouched environment of Hartusvuori was the spot where we both wanted to shoot. The trails were now familiar for me and the filming spots clear in my mind. During a busy, cold and rainy summer we got sunshine for a few days, and both of us had a free weekend. We knew that weekend might be our only chance this year to get the project done. Hartus was born, a short film that captures the world how I see it as a mountain biker. For me, it represents mountain biking in it’s purest form, and it’s also an ending for a long and frustrating rehabilitation process.
Riku Laakso

Kodak Vision3 50D

Besides being an uber-hipster thing to do nowadays, shooting on super8 forces the athlete and the filmer to communicate and rehearse the action thoroughly before burning any film. With the limitation of not being able to watch the shots during the shoot also prevents distracting the flow. The aesthetics of super 8 film itself is visually appealing, but primarily it’s a great directorial method to capture the rawness and the authenticity of the first take.

Super 8 cartridge

bigquotesWe filmed Hartus on one super 8 cartridge of Kodak Vision3 50D. One cartridge captures about 2:30 minutes of action. The film was then sent for development and digitizing to Berlin and Madrid. The camera is a Canon 814 Auto zoom Electronic from the early 1970’s.Aarni Toiviainen


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41 Comments

  • + 39
 A breath of fresh air in the current fast paced digital world! And he is hauling!
  • + 36
 that's probably the longest and slackest bike ever recorded on analog film !!!
  • + 13
 After watching that, I'm now wondering if super-HD 4K Ultra 9000fps 4D 360 POV tilt shift shots are even that great.
That gave me a greater sense of "being there" than any highly groomed "sick edit" ever has. MORE PLEASE!
  • + 9
 very cool - from the getgo there is no doubt that it is finnish - 70 style weirdo blazing through a mist of mosquitos -sleeveless. brilliant , just ad a few gallons of masty homebrewn stuff and it would be perfect
  • + 6
 70's porn vibe aside, that was some pretty sweet riding
  • + 2
 I just wonder how the whole trail (trails) looked like because it looks exactly like my trails with pathetic altitude difference, hence it's super hard to get any speed anywhere. They must have been digging real deep to find spots where riding looks this fast... such dedication boosts my awe. Sweet movie.
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  • + 3
 Cheers!

"They must have been digging real deep to find spots where riding looks this fast." Have you ever heard a saying "Flying Finn"?
  • + 2
 @polebicycles: yes, Janne Ahonen is my favorite of the bunch.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Yes! "Flying Finn" is used more on F1 or Rally, and it means a fast Finn. There is also a photo of Mika Häkkinen jumping on a race track with his McLaren F1.
  • + 1
 The little bit of video footage of my youth (or well, up to 2yo, nothing on video after that) was done with this kind of equipment. Though I don't think we rehearsed anything back then. Just jumped straight into action. Stuff was so much more spontaneous back then... Wink .

Well done lads! Don't give in to changing standards.
  • + 4
 Super 8mm is soooooo much better than 16mm Boost.
  • + 4
 That bike is so long it actually makes the bars appear narrow.
  • + 1
 This is great! So nice to see a fresh perspective. I haven't really looked at Pole bikes before, but this is just so rad it makes me want to go out and shred!
  • + 3
 The thumbnail looks like one of the first PODs
  • + 1
 Awesome riding but is that bike a size too big or it's too long? It sort of looks like the guy can't get back far enough.
  • + 1
 Bear in tight jeans rolling with Super8 so the HD does not pick up the ball sweat looking like he pissed himself...
  • + 1
 Stellar riding together with footage captured in analog... That flick is true roots.
  • + 1
 Would have been sweet if they had "Sail" by AWOLNation playing in the background.
  • + 2
 What a sick vid.Was waiting for a Sasquatch to appear from behind a tree!
  • + 2
 ahh man I love this fair play!
  • + 3
 That was very cool!
  • + 3
 Love that!
  • + 3
 Made me smile.
  • + 3
 All hair, no sleeves.
  • + 3
 Sick
  • + 1
 Anyone else so annoyed by the fly on his thumb?
  • + 1
 Super8 is the future of all things fast.
  • + 2
 NICE
  • + 1
 Wow! Best movie for i dont know how long!
  • + 1
 Almost video of the year. Next time please wear something with sleeves.
  • + 2
 Ai cool
  • + 1
 The Finnish Larry Enticer
  • + 2
 So sick!!!!
  • + 1
 Radical
  • + 1
 Absolutely love it!
  • + 1
 How long is that bike?!
  • + 1
 Awesome!
  • + 0
 sleeves are for nerds!
  • + 1
 Or people who value their skin ????
  • + 4
 @Domba: Yeah; nerds.

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