Video: Something Different From Award-Winning MTB Film 'Till the Last Breath'

Dec 24, 2018
by ANVILfilms  
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bigquotesWhen I started filming video „Till the Last Breath“ I wasn’t expecting that it would turn out to be my best work of this year. It all started with the idea to film a MTB video with my 89 years old grandfather who is the person I admire the most for his attitude to life.Pavol Medovic (Anvil Films)

I came up with the story of the video while listening to a great song from Aurora – Winter Bird which I heard countless times. Next step was to introduce the idea to my family and especially to my grandfather. After their approval, there was nothing in my way.

Enjoying some time with my grandfather.

Walter Bistika doing his favourite hobby
My grandfather was a passionate photographer
photo by Walter Bistika
His main focus was on pictures of nature


First riding was shot with my friend Lubos Stano from Revúca who rode his DH bike on his local trails. From time to time it started to rain but in the end we had enough material for the downhill part.





Filming dirt jump was something new for me but I was really looking forward to it. Hugo Robenek from Czech Republic took the opportunity to show his wicked riding style. One evening we met at a local dirt jump park in Kateřinice and filmed all the riding at sunset.





The hardest part of all was to film enduro. I was filming myself and I wanted all the shots to be filmed at sunrise or sunset and high in the mountains. You can imagine that it was more than once that I was hiking for three hours and no trace of the sun so I returned home with zero footage. Weather in the mountains is unpredictable. Most of the time I went alone and it gave me a lot of time to think about life. I am thankful for these moments even if the weather was bad, I was getting cold and a bit scared of the dark.

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Andrej Grznar from Ewia production came to help me with the enduro part.

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After the editing was done, I sent the video to a competition in Poland – MTB Film Festival 2018 presented by KROSS. The festival took place in cinema Kijow Centrum in Kraków at 29th of November. It was great to see the video on such a big screen and it was even greater to take the win.

MTB Film festival

MTB Film festival


In the end, I would like to thank my grandfather not only for acting but also for teaching me how to be a better person.

Video and photography by ANVIL Films
Additional photography by EWIA
In the main role: Walter Bistika
Riders (in order of appearance): Pavol Medovic, Hugo Robenek, Lubos Stano


42 Comments

  • + 39
 perfect, such a great work behind the movie... I am proud finally I saw something special from Slovakia Smile
  • + 2
 Beautiful. The riding, music, story, editing, imagery, belief... it is perfect! I loved every second, of every time I watched it. Thank you!
  • + 20
 I was beginning to think videos of riding are getting stale. How can we add extra dimension more human experience. This is so refreshing. Amazing lighting for the indoor images. The riding shots seamlessly flowed with the images of your grandfather. Thank you for making and sharing this film.
  • + 18
 carpe diem. we're all running out of time... i did cry a little.
  • + 11
 Very cool and hits home as it's my 48 b-day today and getting in a ride this AM and riding as much as I can for as long as possible is my bucket list.
  • + 5
 Happy Birthday and Happy Xmas mate , I am of a similar age but don't worry as we have years of riding still in front of us Smile
  • + 3
 Happy Birthday. I started riding when I was 44... ran into a guy doing DH at age 72.. I reckon we have a few good years left... even then I'm hoping they make Walkers with full suspension.
  • + 8
 Love it, thanks for putting this up. The music was perfect and the riding was great.
  • + 6
 Fear of growing old after watching that video was pretty high. Better go ride now!!
  • + 2
 Saw this vid and it made me realise f**k it and went out and and bought a yeti sb 150 you only live once.
It give me a lump in the throat awesome
Now just gotta tell the misses I’ve blown three and a half grand on a frame lol
  • + 6
 Great video! Way to add a human element. Mad respect to the elders!!
  • + 7
 Stunning. So, so good.
  • + 2
 Wonderful. It reminds me of my teacher, who is 90 years old and still easily the best at what he does in the world. Watching him live through the ups and downs of having a 90-year old body and still remain conscious of each and every breath he takes. He is always in the moment. Regardless.
  • + 4
 What a great film, thanks for putting the effort in!
  • + 2
 Great work, interesting story. Make me like to see more fo your grandfathers works.
  • + 1
 I like it so much, make me think about my loved grandfather, and also that this is real love for Mtb. It's the best video I have seen so far.
  • + 2
 What a brilliant work of art ,real amazing ,congratulations, fucking beautiful
  • + 2
 Good job guys! TVL příjemně překvapujete, jen tak dál, světovej level produkce!
  • + 3
 Really good work mate, fuc#ing brilliant.
  • + 3
 Great! But I would also like to see more of the work of your grandfather!
  • + 1
 Wonderful film. Loved it. Feeling the joy of what we do in riding trails and in being the mysterious master of life in the moment. Until we must let go....
  • + 1
 Going mental with the family Xmas. That you for this an helping me keep my sanity
  • + 2
 Really great video. Great cinematography and great message.
  • + 2
 Terrific short film. The back story was great as well.
  • + 3
 Grandpa's for the win!
  • + 2
 Your grandfather is cutting onions :'(
  • + 1
 OH WOW .im so glad I watched this and the car is already loaded time to go.
  • + 2
 thank you very nice
  • + 1
 Probably the best video I have seen this year! Amazingly nice. Thank you
  • + 2
 Bravo!
  • + 1
 Such a wonderful film! So inspiring, creatively and adventurous ...
  • + 2
 Nice one!
  • + 2
 Enjoyed thanks
  • + 2
 Inspiring!
  • + 2
 Great !!!
  • + 2
 Nice!
  • + 1
 brilliant, bravo!!!
  • + 1
 Wow...So very good!
  • + 1
 Awesome Bro !
  • + 1
 well done!
  • + 1
 Killer edit
  • + 1
 Krásná práce!

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