Video: Dirt Blizzard - Official Segment from unReal

Sep 24, 2015
by Anthill Films  

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bigquotesEvery so often, an event happens in nature that is so profound, it belies the very foundation of reality. This is the stuff of legends and lore, a rare phenomenon that may only happen once in a lifetime. In order to witness such an event, we must suspend our judgement of what we think we know. We must let go, look to the sky, and believe.

Teton Gravity Research and Anthill Films reimagine the ultimate skier’s dream—a powder day—in mountain biking terms. Dirt falls from the sky like powder snow, while ecstatic riders play across a magical landscape. For riders Thomas Vanderham, Matty Miles, Ian Morrison, and Finn Iles, the Dirt Blizzard was something that they once could only dream about… until now. The filming of Dirt Blizzard can be described as a true climax in the history of action-sports cinematography. UnReal is being called the ultimate conjunction of athletic prowess and jaw-dropping cinematography, and no segment of the film highlights this better than “Dirt Blizzard”, a visual feast at the film’s end.

unReal is being released globally today on DVD and Blu-Ray and is available through online retailers: Pinkbike,,,, and iTunes.

Photo by Harookz

Ian Morrison Thomas Vanderham Finn Iles at Whistler Mountain Bike Park for the dirt blizzard segment of Unreal by Anthill films.

Photo by Harookz

unReal is for those of us who escape. A film that celebrates breaking free from the confines of reality and venturing into a boundless world. This place isn’t remote or hard to find, and yet many never see it. Here, glacial walls transform into mountain bike trails, rain and snow aren’t the only elements to fall from the sky and thousand pound mammals become riding partners. Breathtaking visuals conjure feelings of awe and pure joy; feelings that only those of us who venture outside can truly understand. This film is dedicated to you — the dreamers, the rule-breakers, the ones who never grow up, the ones who know the secret — the ones who know the way into the unReal world.

Riders: Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Graham Agassiz, Steve Smith, Tom van Steenbergen and Thomas Vanderham, with Brook Macdonald Finn Iles, Ian Morrison, James Doerfling, Matty Miles and friends

Sony presents unReal with Shimano & Trek, a new film produced by Teton Gravity Research & Anthill Films starring Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Graham Agassiz, Steve Smith, Tom van Steenbergen & Thomas Vanderham, with Brook Macdonald, Finn Iles, Ian Morrison, James Doerfling & Matty Miles. Written, directed and edited by Anthill Films. Art direction and additional writing by Good Fortune Collective. Additional support from Bike Magazine, Evoc, Knolly, Pinkbike, Rocky Mountain, Western Digital & Whistler Mountain Bike Park.


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  • 148 1
 honestly how did they do that
  • 10 50
flag RedBurn (Sep 21, 2015 at 4:45) (Below Threshold)
 they all filmed it it in the snow and than changed the white color in brown ?
  • 13 15
 And thats how Bubba Stewart's scrub has been redifened !!!!!!! Mind blowing. Cheers
  • 7 0
 That was pretty cool...gotta admit! I wonder how many bales of peatmoss they used?...seems like it would take a lot...
  • 12 3
 My kids just imitated this by building a large pile of cocoa crispies in the front yard and bashing it.
  • 8 2
 @RedBurn thats not possible, because everything else that's white in the shot would be brown.
  • 30 4
 Notice that in Strength In Numbers Tomas Vanderham says his dream is that one day dirt would rain from the sky and a couple years later it happens.
  • 31 0
 Adam Billinghurst during the Whistler section of Strength in Numbers..
  • 5 0
 Apparently it was peat moss, they depleted the Pacific Northwest's supply of the stuff so much that the retailers refused to sell to Anthill after the initial shoot.... Holy shit, it's like a biker's wet dream!!!!
  • 2 0
 I would not wanna be the one to have to clean this stuff up in the village!
  • 1 3
 this was deffinetly UNREAL
  • 1 0
 My god Vanderham is going so big.
  • 78 4
 That'd be nice, but I have asthma.
  • 18 0
 I do to but I think if dirt started falling from the sky I would be out riding with a lawn mask on
  • 66 0
 i am sittin here in germany, in front of my computer, eatin my schnitzel and watch how it is raining dirt in canada.
  • 34 0
 I am sitting here in class sneaking a look at pinkbike every five minutes
  • 7 0
 @dropoffsticks same here bud haha
  • 16 0
 I'm sitting here in canada watching it rain dirt
  • 28 0
 Sitting here in the UK, watching it rain water... Again...
  • 2 2
 Sitting here in´s sunny...Again...
  • 36 2
 Seasons flashback, he finally got his wish!
  • 4 0
 Mountain bikers best day!
  • 8 0
 I can't find Cam's weather report around, anyone have a link?
  • 8 5
 Thank you pinkbike for the best birthday present...... After my new bike Smile
  • 18 0
 @VPS13 Wasn't it strength in numbers?
  • 5 0
 @JanRusko Yes you are correct I had to check, guess I have had one too may flashbacksSmile
  • 5 2
 This was the greatest movie I've ever seen... MUST BUY
  • 1 0
 Absolutely, unbelievably epic. I don't buy mountain bike films often but when I do, it's Unreal.
  • 1 0
 Perfect song.
  • 14 0
 This film is the GOLD STANDARD of mountain bike films. You gotta have good story and filmmaking to go with the sick bike footage. Seeing it the first show opening night made it even better. Congrats @anthill and @TGR!!!
  • 17 7
 Thanks @anthill but I paid for the film. Blank Stare
  • 9 6
 yeh first the semenuk segment now this..... i hope they don't release anymore. But saying that, we did get to watch it months before....
  • 8 3
 Actually i'm still waiting for it... ordered it like 2 months ago...
  • 12 4
 I paid for the film too- how the f*ck do you think they can afford to make the things without us buying in!?!?!?
  • 16 4
 Thanks anthill, I didn t pay the film Big Grin
  • 4 24
flag vl95 (Sep 21, 2015 at 6:35) (Below Threshold)
 Don't pay for it ... Not saying it's bad , but if you saw semenuk and this , you saw the good parts.
  • 11 1
 These were the only good parts? Really? I guess riding with a herd of horses and getting chased by a grizzly aren't good. wow. This film was rad!
  • 6 14
flag vl95 (Sep 21, 2015 at 7:11) (Below Threshold)
 to me its way under a lifecycle or where the trail ends , its a compilation of rad vod , not a rad bike movie.
  • 4 0
 Pretty sure they are giving out a couple of parts purely to convince the people to buy the whole movie, who haven't been convinced yet.

Even though I was really stoked by the trailer, I haven't bought it yet. But seeing these 2 parts got me even more stoked than the trailer did and really makes me concider purchasing it. Pretty sure this is exactly what they are out for, and it is working Smile
  • 14 1
 I think everyone that likes the look should just buy it. Its like £10. Thats not a huge amount when you consider grips cost more. Its not a huge hollywood company and things like slow mo cameras are expensive even just to hire. Pay your money, support people doing great things we could only dream of, and be lucky were not still in the vhs era
  • 3 0
 I saw it on itunes, now I am ordering the BluRay. Anything I can do to help support this kind of film making within mountain biking, I will do. Congrats Teton/Anthill, excellent job.
  • 6 0
 how cool would it be to see this take place at val di sole or somewhere similair. The dirt would cushoin enough to make it feel like your riding gnarly ski moguls. They should relaese a new brown pow segment every month at new locations. All of us familiar with bone dry hard as rock bike park trails, this is heaven.
  • 9 0
 Breaking Bumps solution for whistler!
  • 9 0
 Just like Christmas , but better .... " Dirtmas "
  • 4 0
 Love the people compaining about free movie segments and too much slomo from perhaps the best mtb movie ever made... This is the only mtb movie my wife asks me to put on in the background while we hang out. Our 2 year old son loves it to--switches between mesmerized state and crazy dancing. The movie really doesn't have a ton of riding because of the flow of the story combined with copious amounts of juicy slomo but it doesn't really matter cuz this vid is all quality over quantity. The general theme/message of the movie is just really cool too and inspires you to just get outside and play!! Buy it! Support the awesome athletes and filmakers.
  • 8 2
 Most unreal section of the film.
  • 4 0
 Taking the fake roost cliche in MTB films to a whole new level! Jokes aside, you'd be hard pushed to get more stylish riders together and it's a flippin' creative concept
  • 2 0
 If you are non apple folk and want to buy this movie, get it through vimeo and not google play store. play store had drm and cannot be owned away from an android device. its a $ or 2 more but. I am tiked that i bought builder via play.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the tip. I've watched enough DRM products and services get discontinued that I pity people who buy anything with DRM'd.
  • 5 0
 That idea is parallel parked in a vertical universe
  • 13 9
 Too much shlowmo anyone? mad skills though, ofc!
  • 7 5
 Yeah too much for sure
  • 16 2
 Not sure fellas, I thought the loose dirt warranted a fair bit of it.
  • 8 3
 It would have been better to have some full speed shredding and sketchyness ...
  • 4 0
 Bring to market a aluminum Maiden !!!!!!!
  • 6 4
 Holy bro brah epic slo-mo batman!! Get rid of the filler and the slo mo and this video would have been about 30 seconds long.
  • 2 0
 Oh the loam! Filmed on location at Mount Vesuvius 79AD before the lave flows hit. Bet you didn't know they had killer bikes in 79. #Unreal
  • 3 0
 PLEASE tell me how to make it rain dirt #dirtdance not #raindance
  • 2 0
 Oh Yah I LOVED it! VOD for sure!!
  • 2 0
 was that volcanic ash mixed with snow?
  • 2 0
 When MTB meets Ski attitude... thanks Mister Blizzard !!
  • 2 0
 Those dirt slinging mud scrubs were so sick !
  • 2 0
 This in 3d would be pretty dirty!
  • 1 0
 Have they started shipping the DVDs yet? i still haven't received mine and i preordered it
  • 1 0
 That is a killer effect!!! and it's not dirt its mulch, they blow it out of a big truck.
  • 1 0
 maybe itll puke a few feet next time and they open up the lines off of the peak chair??
  • 1 0
 Is David Attenborough the new Brett Tippie? From last summer:
  • 1 0
 I strangely like it its like calming watching biking in slow mo and hearing davids voice
  • 1 0
 im so confused how would u even film that on that scale :/
  • 2 1
 Nicely done xD For a second i believe that's really happened... Wink
  • 2 1
 The best video Ive ever seen.
  • 1 0
 best vid ever!!!..thank you lord
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 well.... that was awesome
  • 1 0
 Yes yes yes! my bike Got all excited! Kicked me off the couch
  • 2 0
  • 1 2
 Killer riding, but could they add some sort of disclaimer so that anti-biking groups don't use this as evidence that we damage trails?
  • 3 1
 Lol at non mtbrs when they get mad about conditions of mtb trails.
  • 4 3
 That would be so dope instead of snow!! Snow is such a turn off...
  • 1 0
 Life Cycles now (finally?) has a valid offspring..
  • 1 0
Pretty sure it was Norman Greenbaum's Spirit in the Sky
  • 1 0
 Thanks man!
  • 1 0
 Brown Pow.... I finally get it Smile
  • 1 0
 BEST . VIDEO . E.V.E.R.!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 That stoked both the mountain biker and skier in me!!
  • 1 0
 Best $12 I've ever spent on Vudu!
  • 1 0
 Best bike video I have ever seen 100%
  • 1 0
 added to favorites before watching
  • 8 8
 Im still thinking that it is a fake effect))
  • 5 1
 Whether it is or not, they certainly nailed the small details to make it quite believable; bouncing flakes, dirt on tires, dirt covering trees ...

I believe!
  • 2 1
 Oh, the picture at all is perfect! I was really impressed! But now i am interested is this a real weather thing or man-made decoration)
  • 12 0
 Yeah its a weather thing..
  • 5 0
 Yeah if you get lucky at whistler this does happen sometimes AndRiEL, check the weather next time before you go
  • 9 0
 It's a natural phenomenon, called 'iocus',that very rarely happens in some parts of the world. Averagely once every 50 years, Last summer I was at the Amalfi Coast in Iltaly and it rained dirt all week. Planned to go for a beach holiday but decided to rent a bike and shred the mountains all day every day.
  • 1 0
  • 5 6
 How do I get my money back for buying a film they're going to eventually release all of for free
  • 14 1
 start by cleaning the sand out of your vag
  • 1 2
 Just kinda seems like bs but thanks for the help there big dog
  • 7 1
 last time i checked there's a couple more than two segments in the movie, I'm no mathematic super start or nothing but i think you're a whiney little bitch...
  • 4 0
 Not sure why you'd regret supporting these guys anyways. With the insane amount of time and effort they put into this stuff I'm more than happy to pay a few bucks to see it. It's well deserved.
  • 2 3
 @VPPFREEDOM I think you're a genius dude... You sure told me!

I was happy to buy the film too, I know it isn't likely but if they were to upload the whole film piece by piece I would think other people would feel like they'd been robbed too. Guess not
  • 1 1
 I can't believe I ever thought mountain biking was cool.
  • 1 0
 "Cool" "Fun"... Right?
  • 1 0
 I don't find it fun anymore either.
  • 1 0
  • 3 0
 look who was right motherfuckers
  • 1 1
  • 2 0
 HURT that they did this
  • 1 1
 Anyone know what shoes Vanderham is wearing?
  • 1 2
 Cant find that song on youtube...
  • 1 0

and for a different version... probably one of the most bizarre covers by one of the most bizarre bands ever.
  • 1 1
 Downloaded tup
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