Red Bull Raw 100 - Bas van Steenbergen Rips Up Vancouver Island

Jul 7, 2015 at 22:43
by Absolute Cinema  
**Listen with Headphones/ Watch in HD


Back in the final weeks of 2014, a few filmmakers across various action-sport genres were asked to take part in a project by Red Bull to create a series of short video pieces.

Each of these videos would be exactly 100 seconds in length and feature no slow-motion or music- the rest was open to interpretation.

It's a pretty broad set of restrictions, and for the most part raw videos are pretty damn straight-forward and in theory should require less work than the alternative, but for whatever reason we decided to make things a bit more complicated for ourselves and try and put together an idea both myself and Bas knew might take a bit more time to execute.

With Mike Zinger in tow, we gratefully took over Riley McIntosh's house in Maple Bay for a week in early March to try and capture 100 seconds of Bas, real-time on a trail on Mt. Prevost.

Images for Red Bull Raw 100 - Liam Mullany ft. Bas van Steenbergen
  Bas figured that if the rain couldn't see him, he couldn't get wet

Images for Red Bull Raw 100 - Liam Mullany ft. Bas van Steenbergen
  MVP of this down day goes to the homemade rain cover seen here.

The first few days in Maple Bay were fully saturated, and turned into group nature (Instagram) hikes rather than shoot days. Bringing the cases of camera gear with exposed wires and attempting to set them up amidst Noah's Ark-esque conditions would have proved catastrophic, so instead we spent the majority of those first days sprawled out across Riley's hard-wood floor, watching Netflix or attempting (mostly unsuccessfully) to build a roaring blaze in Riley's stone fireplace. It was a slow start.

Once the clouds fully emptied everything they had on us, we woke up in the morning to a blinding sunrise out across the bay, and with that, it was time to haul ass into the forest and start shooting. Fuelled by Tim Horton's and newfound sense of purpose, we headed up Mt. Prevost and began scouting the segment of trail we would be spending our time on.

Home to arguably some of the best and fastest downhill trails in the country, riders at Mt. Prevost are spoiled for choice. We had all been there before, and posted up in a spot with a bit less of a hike than some of the trails deeper into the woods, as we needed to shuttle in some gear with a pretty tight-knit crew.

Images for Red Bull Raw 100 - Liam Mullany ft. Bas van Steenbergen
  Prevost may be home to the best downhill trails in Canada. Bas hammers these laps like a loc-dawg.

Images for Red Bull Raw 100 - Liam Mullany ft. Bas van Steenbergen
  Couple corners, couple ferns.

Redbull Raw
  The monsoons leading up to the shoot days left the ground primed and tacky.

The idea was to try and create a piece which would include long, uncut segments of cable-cam to showcase the trail and Bas' riding without cheating things too much in the editing. With a spool of line maxing out at 600 feet, the real limiting factor was trying to eyeball clear windows through the thick forest trees of the island. Several times, either myself, Bas or Zinger would think we had found a prime, unobstructed corridor through the trees which would provide an ideal line of sight. Upon climbing a ladder on one of the anchor trees, we would find some previously unseen obstruction in the form of a bowed tree or web of branches that would have resulted in a gear explosion at full speed.

Even with planning each setup out, there were still a couple times when the bottom of the camera scrubbed the dirt or a fallen log at speeds nearing 40 mph due to small amount of sag in the line over such long distances.

Despite the seemingly slow pace of things, we began to grind things out. It's unclear how many times Bas hiked and rode the same trail over the course of the next few days, but it's probably safe to say he was starting to form a detailed locale memory of every stray pine cone in his path.

Images for Red Bull Raw 100 - Liam Mullany ft. Bas van Steenbergen
  The majority of the footage was shot using the Dactylcam system. Liam re-adjusting the balance for a new lens while Bas plays the waiting game during a long period between clouds.

Images for Red Bull Raw 100 - Liam Mullany ft. Bas van Steenbergen
  I CAN turn left!

After a week of dealing with frighteningly bi-polar weather conditions, technological logistics and a whole lot of sitting around, we managed to stack together what we were hoping for and book it to the last ferry off the island.

It was really a complete team effort, and honestly it's rare to have everyone present so committed to each component in the filming process. Both Zinger and Bas seemed to share equal enjoyment (and frustration) in finding cable angles, stringing the lines high into the trees, and even packing multiple peli-cases of gear to and from the vehicles. Despite the slow pace of the shoot (sometimes averaging only one or two shots per day), the vibes were always high and any complaint was usually spun into some form of joke.

Probably one of the most complicated shoots (in terms of gear-to-people ratio) I'd ever been a part of, and yet somehow one of the easiest.

Images for Red Bull Raw 100 - Liam Mullany ft. Bas van Steenbergen
  Bas van Steenbergen

Special shoutout to Riley McIntosh for putting a roof over our head and putting up with our bag explosions for the week.

Video/Words: Liam Mullany / @liammullany
Photography: Mike Zinger / @MikeZinger
Rider: Bas van Steenbergen / @Basvansteenbergen
Sound: Keith White / @KeithWhiteAudio

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58 Comments

  • + 74
 WHY DID IT HAVE TO END!?!? Biggest tease of my life :'(
  • + 20
 making 100 seconds of raw footage like that is so impressive though
  • + 2
 I´d die happy if I could ride like this guy... I seem to die ANGRY though Big Grin
  • + 8
 The filming was insane on this. I'd love to see this done with a steep/tech trail. Gawd damn that was so nice.
  • + 46
 Serious contender for best video of the year! You guys all crushed this one.
  • + 5
 Some of the best line usage I've seen. The helmet mount fixed on the eyes, don't know how it was pulled off(helmet mount?), but is a very impressive capture!
  • + 33
 adding another 'zero' wouldn't hurt. red bull raw 1000!
  • + 37
 It's was a raw 1000 anyway, redbull media player is laggy as fk for me Frown
  • + 14
 Yeah RBMP couldn't even keep up with the rider....
  • + 27
 The best soundtrack ever.
  • + 23
 This edit is so raw, Gordon Ramsay is trying to cook it
  • + 15
 Still a better love story than twilight
  • + 15
 Boss van Steenbergen
  • + 15
 "If you can lip it, Bas can whip it"
  • + 10
 and tom can flip it
  • + 8
 Great Job! Is Bas wearing a mic with a recorder or is the sound captured by the camera? The sound quality is amazing. Always curious about this on the raw edits.
  • + 5
 Now imagine that video with an Industry Nine hubs. whizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
  • + 3
 Best video I've seen this year! All videos should be without slowmotion and music imho, much better. Why slow it down or cover the sound of speed?

The face closeup/breathing segment was brilliant. The ending too, the forest just returning to its natural, silent state.
  • + 2
 Works fine on all players for me. I like what sounds like malevolent winds in treetops towards the end of the piece...PNY/BC riders are living in an atmospheric Post-Black Metal paradise. Hope all the fires up there right now aren't causing too much destruction.
  • + 5
 Sounds great - looks like shit on the redbull media player unfortunately for me...
www.pinkbike.com/photo/12430848
  • + 22
 That makes me sad... considering I have a 4K version haha
  • + 6
 so sad Frown need to wait for it to go on PB or youtube, can't watch redbull media player without feeling sick.
  • + 1
 Wish we had a 4K version Frown
  • + 1
 It wasn't that bad once the HD actually kicked in.
  • + 1
 what explorer are you using? maybe you have to install the flash player on your explorer, I started using firefox and the video showed up like that until I installed it now it works pretty well
  • + 3
 Can these guys shoot a feature-length film next?
  • + 3
 Ya baby! Red Bull RAW -- I can't wait to see more!
  • + 2
 Great,but still not better than the original and best of all times RAW: Kirt Vories on NWD.
  • + 1
 Thank flip there's no music... There are times you only need to hear the sounds of a bike and the forest... This is one of those times.
  • + 3
 This 1 minute, 39 second video usually takes 4 minutes for normal humans.
  • + 2
 Great video! But why does it seam to surprise so many people when it rains here in the PacNW?
  • + 1
 This was simply breath taking! Had me sitting on the edge of my chair till the very end which came way too soon
  • + 1
 This video is shit. I want to study, but after seeing this, nothing could stop me from riding :\
  • + 1
 That entire trail was whippable, and he only whipped like 90% of all the jumps. Ashamed.

Badass video. I dig it.
  • + 2
 **Listen with Headphones/ Watch in HD Smile
  • + 1
 i like the note at the top to watch in HD... on the redbull player that means i get to watch a slide show
  • + 2
 VIDEO OF THE YEAR!
  • + 1
 Still waiting on a Steenbergen/Slotegraaf edit.
Make it happen.
  • + 1
 Lightning fast! Liking the raw footage a lot
  • + 1
 Videos are so much better like this! Would love to see one every week
  • + 2
 KWA!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Is it possible to dislike this man??!!
  • + 2
 Steezbergen
  • + 2
 whip whip whip whip whip
  • + 2
 I can die happy now
  • + 2
 Eargasm!!
  • + 1
 0:42 - 0:48 shot is awesome!
  • + 1
 AMAZING !!!!
  • + 1
 name of the track?
  • + 1
 I want that mud
  • + 1
 I WANT MORE!!!!!
  • + 1
 Steez-burger
  • + 0
 Watch this stoned!
  • + 0
 #boss
  • - 1
 Vid was zzZzzzzzzzzzzzz!
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