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Now that you have seen the new trailer and downloaded the video from iTunes, it's time to sit back and do some reading. Learn all about Clay Porter and John Lawlor's future video plans for the next few years - it's pretty exciting stuff that they have on tap. You worked with a partner on the 3 Minute Gaps project, bringing aboard Irishman John Lawlor. How did that come about?Working with John Lawlor on the project was huge. Lawlor and I have been good friends for years, and during the 2008 season when I was shooting for The Tipping Point and he was working for MTB Cut, we talked about bringing him on board for my next film and working on something together. So, pretty much during the Fall of 2008 we got everything lined up, and by the time the first World Cup of 2009 rolled around in South Africa, Lawlor was shooting for the film. It sounds like both of you knew that you'd be able to collaborate well together. What roles did he play in bringing 3MG to life?Although I'm still the director, having Lawlor was massive for the success of the project as it meant that during the races we could be in two places at once, and during the segment shoots we would have a minimum of two cameras rolling on everything. So, on paper Lawlor was a producer, a cinematographer, edited the behind the scenes webisodes/teasers and did some additional editing on the project. He was pretty much my right hand man throughout the entire process of making the film, from thinking of concepts, to overseeing the editing process. Lawlor and I are pretty much working on all of our film projects moving forward together. Filmmaking is definitely a collaborative art work and it was great to have Lawlor in on the project. So, twice the number of eyes and double the cameras. Sounds like a good strategy. Speaking of editing, it must be difficult to say ''ok, I'm done and THIS is the final product''?There are always super little things you would have done differently, but at the end of the day you've got to stop somewhere and I was super happy with the final product of 3 Minute Gaps. Because we spent longer on it than my past films, I really had a clear vision of how I wanted every section to be and the editing actually went pretty fast. The trailer and the entire film was edited in twenty nine days, which is pretty quick. By the time that twenty ninth day of editing came around I was pretty ready to show the film to everyone. But yeah, every time I look at the film there are little minor things I probably would tweak if I was still working on it. I think if you ever finished a film and thought that it was perfect it would be time do something else. I definitely feel that Lawlor and I haven't even come close to reaching the potential of what's possible with mountain bikes and the moving image. It sounds like your supporters out there have something to look forward to. Care to let us in on what is in the works?Lawlor and I are working on Won't Back Down: The Steve Peat Story, which is a film about Peaty's life story which we've been slowly chipping away at for a few years now. So, that will be my main mountain bike film that I'm working on now. That will be released in the fall of next year. I'm going to the UK next month to shoot for that which should be cool. I'm also working on a film about BMX Racing starring Mike Day, which is another project I'm super excited about. Lawlor and I are also beginning to formulate the plans and concepts for our next 3 Minute Gaps style film. At the end of the day, the 3 Minute Gaps style film is what I love doing the most and I'm definitely pretty pumped to do something bigger and better. Lots of exciting stuff is on the horizon. Steve certainly has an interesting story to tell, along with many fans out there that would love to hear about it. Has being such good friends with the riders ever made it difficult for you to film a jump or line that you felt was overly dangerous?The one time that stands out in my mind is the massive jump that Aaron Gwin does half way through his section. We originally built it to be a scrub jump, but for whatever reason we built it wrong and by the time we rolled up to shoot it, we quickly realized that it wouldn't be a scrub jump at all and just a massive launch. Gwiny did a few cruiser runs and even cruising he went pretty far. When he let us know he was going to launch it - which is the angle that's in the movie and the trailer - he went far and we all couldn't believe how far he went. He said that he'd be willing to do it again, but the second time he crashed pretty bad. I ran over to him and Gwiny gave me the nod he was all good and just knocked the wind out of himself. I need to get you guys the footage of the crash! That was the only time where I was really concerned about a rider's safety and thought that we were in a bad place. For sure though, if there is something that I don't think is possible and will hands down put a rider in danger, I'll advise against it. A couple of years ago while filming with Sam Hill, he wanted to do this ridiculous gap with the most off camber dangerous landing and I told him that he shouldn't do it. For the most part however, I've seen these guys ride so much that I have a very good idea of what's possible and what's not. I'm sure that you've seen some ridiculous moves get thrown down over the years in front of your camera. We know that you get asked quite often about which 3MG section is your favorite or who you enjoyed filming the most, but which one stands out as being difficult to get through?Every section has its own unique challenges, but it's more the pre-production and planning that are the most stressful. By the time the actual filming comes around I have a pretty good idea of exactly how I want the section to look and feel. Having a vision for the film is huge and I definitely go into each shoot with a very clear idea of what I want, so it's more the planning part that is the most difficult to get through. I would say the easiest section to shoot was Aaron Gwin's, as we shot it locally in Southern California. In terms of logistics it was pretty much get in the car and drive two hours to Gwiny's place. The last section with Dan Atherton in New Zealand was pretty last minute. Initially, Gee was meant to have the last section, but when Lawlor and I were in South Africa filming Andrew Neethling the week before we were supposed to fly to New Zealand to shoot Gee, he e-mailed me and told me that he got two concussions in one day at a race in New Zealand and wouldn't be able to ride for a few weeks. That had to throw a wrench into the works. Did you have a backup plan?Lawlor and I then decided to shoot Dan instead to tell the story of his recovery from his neck injury, which probably was a better call as I was super happy with Dan's section. Making these films is all about having as much planned and thought out as possible, but still having room to change things whenever possible. There is so much involved that when the actual filming comes around that's probably one of the parts of the process that I find the easiest. It's planning, e-mails, scheduling, financing etc. that take up the most time and cause the most headaches. The behind the scenes planning that it takes to pull off a movie like 3MG must be enormous, but it has to feel worth it at that first premiere?The only premiere I attended was the World Premiere in Fort William, Scotland. Although there were almost thirty premieres around the world in June and July, I was busy shooting all of this season's World Cups. But yeah, the World Premieres are always epic for sure. They are definitely a little weird for me because there is so much stress leading up to them that by the time they actually roll around I'm pretty drained from everything. It's awesome to have everyone see the film for the first time, but it's more a feeling of relief than a feeling of "I want to party hard", if you know what I mean. I was definitely stoked on premiering the film at Fort William. It's such an epic race and I was excited that the organizers of the race really got behind the premiere to support it. How does it feel to sit in a theatre watching while 3MG gets shown for the first time? Nervous? Excited?Kind of like what I mentioned above, it's a big mix of everything. You're nervous, excited, anxious - pretty much every emotion bottled up in something else. It's definitely a feeling of taking the lift up for your race run that I used to feel when I raced. The World Premiere is pretty much like my World Championship's race run. I get done with the World Premiere and am just stoked and relieved that everything went well. 3MG made its iTunes debut recently, but how do you feel about digital downloads? I personally like to have a hard copy, a disc, to pop in whenever I want to watch it. It feels more "real" for some reason. Is digital downloading the future?I'm like you and love to get a film with some rad packaging, but unfortunately those days are pretty much over. Digital downloads are the future, for sure. It's just too convenient to buy a film on iTunes in HD and with pretty much all TVs now having the internet built in and Apple TVs and such, physical media is dying very fast, but at the same it also opens up a lot of new distribution channels. 3 Minute Gaps launched on iTunes last week which is where I believe the majority of people will digitally buy the film from, but it also launched on OnWax.com which is a new subscription based service to stream action sports films. Basically, you pay a fee every month and can watch as much as you want, when you want. Are we going to see DVD's go the way of the dodo bird?I think DVDs and Blu Rays will also be around for the die hard fan, especially Blu Ray, but it's just too convenient and easy to grab the film off iTunes. The aspect that personally excites me about digital downloads is the fact that all you need is an internet connection to get the film. In the past, shipping out DVDs to countries without solid distribution, like South Africa for example, was hard. It would take months and months to get to South Africa and now the film is available all over the world at the same time. That in itself is a pretty powerful positive to digital downloads. Like everything, there are positives and minuses to digital downloads, but at the end of the day, if they allow a considerable more amount of people to see and buy my films, then I'm stoked.
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