3 Minute Gaps - Available on iTunes

Oct 10, 2011 at 20:55
by Clay Porter  

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Order 3 Minute Gaps on iTunes here.


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.


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    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.


Do you like DVDs still? You can buy the DVD here. For those on the go that want the digital download, you can get your iTunes fix here.

NOTE: Only available on iTunes in Canada, US, Australia, UK, France and Germany. Not in these countries, DVD is available and ships everywhere. buy the DVD here.


58 Comments

  • 41 0
 It's funny hearing danny hart talk about "the young kids", he's not exactly old.
  • 3 2
 Still not as good as F1RST or Tipping Point, still 100x better film than i could make so i can't complain..... Big Grin
  • 1 0
 this may sound stupid, but anyone know how to transfer TV shows from iTunes on to iPhones? I don't seem to remember...
  • 4 0
 Plug your phone into the computer, drag and drop onto the phone.....simples.
  • 1 0
 that wasn't working, but i got it now, cheers
  • 1 0
 Is it worth buying guys?? Need some reviews from people who arnt magazines!
  • 2 0
 Yes it's worth it, if you've enjoyed his work in the past, you'll like this. I also like how like none of the comments in this tree had anything to do with what redrook said. Piggybacking lol.
  • 2 0
 I watched it last night too. Probably one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen in a while. It's up there with Life Cycles for sure.
  • 1 0
 Oof, just watched it again. I really love how he was able to REALLY capture the unique riding style of every rider in their solo segments. The tracks the riders are on really really play into their riding styles and makes each part incredibly unique.
  • 7 0
 awesome video! Makes me want to get into racing again! Shame it covers the 2010 season really as the 2011 was a stonker!

Best quote of the movie:
"Gee - what rider have you been thinking about most in the off season?" He replies "That Trek XC rider Emilly Batty... I've been thinking about her loads!"

Brilliant! Mee too Gee Wink
  • 1 0
 In what scene of the movie does he say that?? ^^
  • 1 0
 Bought it off iTunes and there is a bonus interview scene...
  • 1 0
 I downloaded it and of course watched it. I like it for the content an video quality (really nice job Mr. Clay Porter) however, the music is lacking pizazz in several sections. The audio track will sound dated in no time. All in all, it is certainly fairly price for the content while not forgetting all your hard work. I must say I simply love your time-lapse captures. The riders' riding is ludicrously off the hook. It seems to me that there is some serendipitous foreshadowing as to Aaron Gwin's actual situation. I can hardly wait for the 2012 season. Good thing it starts earlier this year!
  • 5 0
 Finally.
  • 1 0
 in the first shot i was thinking huh that landing looked a little wierd but he probably didnt crash then i saw it and i was like oh he did...looks sick! now if only i had money on my itunes account...
  • 4 0
 ay, i have $2.58 Blank Stare
  • 3 0
 Lol. I'm sure the two above comments speak for most of us :/
  • 1 0
 lol i have like $1.30
  • 2 0
 So no one covering this years epic WC season? Thats kinda depressing. I like having a DVD of every year of WC season.
  • 1 0
 Anthill were filming at Fort William, not sure about other rounds
  • 2 0
 This is so freaky I just bought it from their yesterday! Not as good as the Tipping point Frown
  • 2 0
 Before even reading this article on went on itunes and bought that season... Can't wait until the download is over haha !
  • 2 0
 i'm stealing internet, and the download is taking forever!!!!!! it's also the first thing i've actually purchased on itunes in a long time lol
  • 1 0
 Yeah i barely bought anyhting on my itunes but this isn't even a question you have to get it !
  • 1 0
 i gotta admit like for crashing that jump aaron gwin couldnt have asked for a better crash it coulda been so much worse
  • 1 1
 no it easily could have been alot better cuz he took it all in he collar bone but equally it wasnt particularly messy but it still would have killed
  • 1 0
 huck it to flat? guess not.
  • 1 0
 It seriously sucks that it's not available in some countries! Denmark etc... Buuuhuuu!
  • 1 0
 Damn right! I can't get it in Japan, or from the States. Very frustrating!
  • 1 0
 It's $9.99 for all HD and SD content, and $7.99 for SD content only. I'm waiting for it to finish downloading.
  • 1 0
 You can watch it while it downloads. well at least thats what i did with NWD greatest hits.
  • 1 0
 Best thing I've bought off iTunes in sometime. Great cinemamotography and riding! Well done!
  • 2 0
 Off to I-tunes we go Smile
  • 1 0
 i cannot buy this off itunes in new zealand!
  • 1 0
 me neither @ Portugal... Frown Clay ,sort it out please!!!
  • 1 0
 Does anyone recognize the song in the trailer?
  • 1 1
 does anyone know where you can buy it thats not itunes? I dont have an i pod :'(
  • 6 1
 itunes on your computer?
  • 1 0
 my local bike shop got it in and i bought it from there. pinkbike also sells it from their online store and it would get sent to you
  • 1 0
 You can still buy it on iTunes and watch in on your computer. Or you could burn it onto a DVD and watch it on your tv.
  • 1 0
 What´s this trailer´s song?
  • 1 0
 The song: Hello Tomorrow by Karen O
  • 1 0
 Not available in Ireland. Frown
  • 1 0
 god damn that was epic
  • 1 0
 pretty cheesy
  • 1 0
 So worth the money
  • 1 0
 bought it
  • 2 2
 iTunes??? fail
  • 16 0
 You are kidding, right?
  • 1 0
 It's about $5 on iTunes

I strongly recommend the Blu-Ray for the best viewing experience. It's so well shot, it looks amazing in HD
  • 2 0
 You can get it in HD on itunes though too... only a quid more a £5.99
  • 1 2
 erm i dont have itunes, anywhere else i can get it or do i just make and itunes account?
  • 1 0
 Just make an itunes account. Make sure you make a backup of the movie though in case you format your pc or accidentally delete it. Usually they're pretty cool if you email them and explain that you need to redownload it, but sometimes it can be a pain to get it again. I know this because I'm an idiot who's had to do this several times.
  • 1 0
 if you lose it you can download it again free anyways, any purchase on itunes can be redownloaded on any authorized device (5 per account)
  • 1 0
 That is not actually the case. I've been through this hoop multiple times. Music is easy to reacquire. Movies, etc... Not so much. But a nicely worded ticket/email will sort it out.

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