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.
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.