Video: Effortless Style Deep in the Dark Forest

Jan 27, 2021
by Paul Rayner  

THE TILT SHIFT FILM SERIES

When you work commercially in the mountain bike industry, you don't often get to have total creative freedom when you're shooting commissioned films. This series is an opportunity to explore some creative ideas that I have had for some time. With total freedom to take the concepts to the places that I want them to go. With Tilt Shift, I wanted to create more than just the average edit. Each film will have a different style or an interesting idea that drives the look and feel of the film. I wanted to create films that stick in people's head for a bit and get people stoked on riding bikes as well as the visual arts.

From the Tilt Shift Film Series

In this episode of the Tilt Shift Series Mateo Verier takes us on a lap down the secret spot his crew built over the last couple of years. I’ve been wanting to shoot something very dark for quite some time and le Spot was perfect for this concept. It’s in deep forest, but with an ethereal light that pools down through the clearing in the trees, only just illuminating the features. I wanted to give the film a moody and secretive vibe.


These guys put so much effort into creating features that not only rode well but looked good on camera. Artfully shaping, but also painstakingly clearing the dead branches from the lower parts of the trees and ground. Usually, the bane of the mountain bike photographer/filmmaker Douglas Fir pine tree forest around these parts makes for pretty ugly backdrops, but this area was transformed into a perfect low light outdoor studio.

From the Tilt Shift Film Series


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27 Comments

  • 16 0
 Le Spot..... that's french for The Spot.
  • 2 0
 Whadda they call a Whopper?
  • 3 0
 Royal with cheese @number44:
  • 2 0
 @number44: I dunno, I didn't go into Burger King.
  • 2 0
 @number44: royale wif cheeze
  • 15 0
 Not really such a secret location. Geotag here bit.ly/3t2ypRl
  • 1 0
 This dude just Rickrolled us all.
  • 7 1
 My style if effortless too.


Meaning I don’t put effort into my style.



That said, I would put more effort in if I had a trail Like that.
  • 4 0
 I wish I had trails like that near me. This is definitely motivation to go build trails
  • 2 0
 Let me guess, you live in the south-east U.S?
  • 4 0
 sick riding, but if you're going to have a 2min edit, don't make the first 40 seconds throwaway footage.
  • 1 0
 Intro was SO EPIC
  • 3 0
 The spot looks amazing, builders paradise!
  • 1 0
 Awesome filming and riding! Keep up the good work. can't wait for episode 2
  • 1 0
 Awesome Edit!
So much style and that track looks sooo fun! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 really nice job creating such a moody look and feel for the edit
  • 8 8
 I am just here to remind everyone to change their underpants at least once a week.
  • 2 6
flag thedirtyburritto (Jan 27, 2021 at 6:10) (Below Threshold)
 Upvotes = you remembered to change your underpants this week.
  • 1 0
 @thedirtyburritto: Downvotes= you havn't changed them in a year
  • 1 0
 Nice, man! Great riding and filming
  • 1 0
 Under appreciated. Lot of great work and skill
  • 1 0
 really good
  • 1 3
 Terrific looking trail. As a trailbuilder, the only thing I can find fault with is the wheelbarrow full of water. Tilt it up against a tree or something!
  • 2 0
 we have no water source up there so that is how we collect water.. tricks mate
  • 2 0
 @2280proof: Thanks for the explanation - never thought of that.
  • 1 4
 Too epic for me EPIC EEEEE PI XXXXX SUPER ePiC 3P1C Kewl
  • 4 0
 what?

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