Words: Andi Tillmann. Photos: Julian Mittelstaedt
The Tillmann Brothers and co-producer Red Bull Media House are ecstatic to release the official trailer of their newest bicycle movie The Old World - A Mindtrip Through Europe presented by BMW today.
Four years in the making with two years of principal photography, The Old World is the first dedicated European bike movie that bridges the gap between mountain biking and BMX and shows Europe's heavyweights of biking and most beautiful landscapes.
Featured in the film are superstars of biking such as Chris Akrigg (GB), Bienve Aguado Alba (ESP), Rachel Atherton (GB), Diego Caverzasi (ITA), Matthias Dandois (FRA), Dawid Godziek (POL), Szymon Godziek (POL), Bruno Hoffmann (GER), Emil Johansson (SWE), Simon Johansson (SWE), Moritz Nussbaumer (GER), Nico Scholze (GER), Martin Söderström (SWE), Vincent Tupin (FRA) and Nico Vink (BEL).
15 athletes, eight disciplines, seven countries and 100% Europe. The Old World is the first dedicated European bike movie bridging the gap between mountain biking and BMX, but also between action sports movies and feature films. Four years in the making, The Old World was produced using the highest filmmaking standards in order to bring to the screen a premium sports movie. Remote fjords in Norway, magic Scottish Highlands, rough Alpine mountains and metropoles like Paris were all visited by the team as they travelled for two years to capture the rich European riding landscape and its mountain biking stars.
In a unique way, The Old World portrays the various disciplines biking has to offer while telling the story of imagination and passion. Something every rider, sports fan and dreamer can relate to. Did you ever ride the contours of the passing landscapes with your hand on the passenger seat? Did you ever stare into a beautiful picture and it becomes alive in your mind? It’s this kind of imagination we all share. In an artistic side story, we follow newcomer Bless Amada who plays the role of a passionate mountain bike fan and analog photographer on a mindtrip through an imaginary world that opens up a new dimension of biking. Shot in a dedicated way each segment portrays a certain discipline, mindset and landscape to show the diversity of Europe’s riding culture and landscapes, capturing the essence of European biking.
The Tillmanns have been internationally known for over a decade as mountain bike athletes with Team InFocus that produce high-quality content of their world adventures. From this very personal base, the idea of producing The Old World came about as fans were always asking for a long format feature from the brothers. Focusing their collective efforts on their core business of filmmaking, on this project they decided to step behind the camera concentrate solely on delivering the absolute best movie they possibly can.
DP Toni Tillmann getting shots of BMX street heavy weight Bruno Hoffmann
The Old Word though emerged from a different perspective as well. Being the first-ever European mountain bike film means that productions from Europe were lacking. Even though we have an incredible pool of talent here, so far the big productions always came from North America mostly featuring American landscapes and American athletes. So here we have some of the biggest names in mountain biking and yet they never made it on the big screen? Exactly, that’s hard to believe and that is why we created The Old World. Three brothers, one idea, 90 terabytes of footage, 70 000 pictures, two years of principal photography, more than then thousands of kilometers travelled, hair lost and recovered, cried and laughed. This could go on forever to describe what went into creating this project but once you see your vision come to live on the screen you know it was worth it.The Tillman Brothers
The Tillmann Brothers are an award-winning creative filmmaker trio that share the same passion for film production and sports. Since 2013 the Munich natives have been creating film projects together with their own film production company now called Tillmann Brothers. Their main focus is high-class commercials and special interest content. Born in the digital age they bridge the world of classic film production and creative agency and deliver the full spectrum from creative campaign work, short formats like TV commercials and web edits to full movies. Growing up in the mountains they are sportsmen by heart and when not working on their next project you find them slashing powder, climbing till there’s no skin left or pinning it on a mountain bike. Coming from a professional mountain biking background themselves and being deeply connected within this world they close the gap between athletes and filmmakers and creating The Old World for them was more than just another film but a passion project.Official Sponsors: BMW, Adidas, Five Ten