Video: Finding The Calmness of Perfect Flow in 'Lines'

Jun 12, 2019
by WGPE  


LINES

The perfect line does not exist, it is the observer who creates the perfect line.
A line has a beginning and an end.
Lines can flow like ribbons, cascade-like rock fall, spiral down; rise and descend like waves in the ocean.
You can follow lines before you, or lines can follow behind you, born in your tracks.
Lines can be made by the stroke of an artist’s brush, the pure force of nature, or the swing of a mattock.
In our case, it just needs a rider to follow where it leads.

Lines is a series of short artistic mountain bike edits filmed across Wales and England. Created by videographer Nick Roden, this series seeks to show the calmness that can be found in the flow of a mountain bike trail. The original idea was but a fluke. Roden and rider Joe Barnwell were making the most of a final Welsh sunset on Morfa beach, before Barnwell was to make a departure to start working in England. Inspired by the lines in the sand and the serenity of the moment, Lines was created.

Enlisting the help of riders Ethan Brown and Andy Nelson, along with Joe Barnwell, Roden saw his idea come to life from the way each rider interpreted their own ‘lines’. Given the different experiences of the riders, we see a unique calmness in each shot – a stark contrast to the usual quick, sharp ‘shredits’ the mountain bike scene is so normally saturated by.

The various weather and light conditions that can be seen in the film pushed those involved to improvise and adapt to the forces of nature. From filming in complete darkness, to riding in flash floods, Lines truly was about finding calmness in even the most challenging scenarios.

- Ethan Brown


19 Comments

  • + 6
 you wanna go baller in the rain and get those cool shots well you gotta actually get wet LMAO love it!
  • + 6
 Micheal Gove would love this!
  • + 5
 Well done lads.... best vid I've watched in a long time, sums up British mtb beautifully!
  • + 4
 Like it. Some parts were weird - in a British way, not in a "French-black-and-white-movie" way
  • + 2
 Thing to remember with French B&W movies is it's definitely art not porn. Honest.
  • + 5
 Wow I wish I was friends with these riders, they look so cool
  • + 5
 Great work lads!
  • + 3
 I've only ridden Afan once (live in Aus), but this brought back some great memories. Noice!
  • + 4
 No way was that Ethan guy on a real sick bikes frame
  • + 4
 Yes! So much fun working on this!
  • + 2
 Yep - was ridiculously good fun! Well not the "nearly getting blown off a ridge in Wales in 60mph winds" bit......
  • + 2
 @EthanIsAFish Couldn’t have done it without you chaps, it was so good! Never perfect though, onto bigger and better things for the next project ey
  • + 5
 Good stuff.
  • + 2
 @benpinnick Cheers Ben, need more Birds to feature next time!
  • + 3
 I usually don’t like XC edits but to fair it was kind of well filmed.
  • + 2
 Sweet, love the conway mouintain segtment, 12.45 Penmachno?
  • + 2
 *mountain *segment FFS
  • + 1
 *Conwy
  • + 2
 @dirtydog11: Glad you enjoyed it, showing Conwy at it’s best! That last section is all at Afan

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