NotBad: A New Film by Anthill Films - Trailer

Jul 10, 2013 at 17:16
by Anthill Films  
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This is a tale of epic adventure. A tale of seven brave riders who set out from the four corners of the globe to gather together under one roof in a town located at the ends of the earth. A tale with no beginning and no end, but where a few things happen in between. Things like eel fights. Yeah that’s right... f’n eel fights. So watch this movie. Why? Because it’s… NotBad. 30 days of bicycle tomfoolery in New Zealand.

Brett Rheeder goes over vert on the Frew Farm in Winton New Zealand. Photo Sterling Lorence

NotBad is the new short film from Anthill Films, the crew who brought you The Collective, Roam, Seasons, Follow Me, and Strength in Numbers. Starring Brandon Semenuk, Brook MacDonald, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Andrew Shandro, René Wildhaber and Ryan Howard. Channeling the vibe of early skate and snowboard films, NotBad is all about breaking mountain biking down to its truest essence – having fun on your bike.

bigquotesI have two young kids that tear my house apart and scream all day, so going to New Zealand for a month to film a bike movie sounded like a great idea. Turns out, living with the C3 team was basically the same thing. But overall it was... not bad. - Darcy Wittenburg, Anthill Films

Go karts
These guys prefer their rutabaga... shredded. notbad Sterling Lorence Photo

Based in Queenstown, New Zealand, the crew and riders were able to access a huge diversity of locations, from epic alpine singletrack, to the dirt-jump heaven at the Gorge Road jumps, to building mind-bending stunts on the famous Frew Farm. Throw in an unlimited number of extra-curricular activities, a fully stocked mansion, plus five cameras rolling at all times, and the perfect conditions were in place to capture some good times.

bigquotesFilming an entire short film in one trip over the course of one month is a very ambitious mission. I was skeptical, but when I found out we'd be shooting the whole thing on the South Island of New Zealand, I thought...Hmm...not bad. - Cam McCaul

at the Gorge Road Dirt Jumps near Queenstown New Zealand. Photo Sterling Lorence
Cam McCaul gets whipped by an eel on the Frew Farm in Winton New Zealand
Andrew Shandro and Rene Wildhaber on Rude Rock trail near Queenstown New Zealand.

NotBad is produced, written, directed and edited by Anthill Films and presented by Trek in association with JBL, Shimano, Bontrager, and Pinkbike.com. Additional support for the film was provided by Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand, Destination Queenstown, Good Fortune Collective, and Immersive Media.

bigquotesThe guys on C3 Project are some of the best riders in the world. The Anthill guys are some of the best filmmakers in the world. Seemed like a pretty sound notion to deport them to New Zealand for a month and see what happens. Thankfully it turned out not bad. - Travis Ott, Trek Bicycle

At the base of Skyline Bike Park NZ
Photo Sterling Lorence

NotBad will be available worldwide exclusively on iTunes starting July 29th, 2013. Everyone is invited to check out the full 30-minute film by tuning in for the free online premiere starting at 10:00am PST to 11:59pm PST on July 29th. Non-profit screening events are taking place in select locations to help raise funds for the mountain bike community starting July 15th.

To find out more about the film visit anthillfilms.com/notbad

Available Exclusively on iTunes July 29 2013 www.anthillfilms.com notbad



172 Comments

  • + 69
 Nice Trailer! makes me want to watch the movie!
But somehow i got the feeling that Trek had a big touch in this project^^
  • + 30
 It's the trek c3 team
  • + 94
 Well done on not reading....
  • - 61
flag oliverp698 (Jul 11, 2013 at 5:05) (Below Threshold)
 Semenuk opting for the dual crown domains over boxxers ... interesting
  • + 24
 Did you miss at the end where it said "Presented By Trek"?
  • + 44
 orrrrrr, he is a blackbox rider and got speacial stantions made?
  • + 33
 Also Pretty sure those are Black Box Boxxers....not Domains
  • - 34
flag rich-and-famous-media (Jul 11, 2013 at 6:23) (Below Threshold)
 I'm soo stoked for it. But I kinda wish the music had a more serious feel to it though.... Only my opinion!
  • - 12
flag awggreen (Jul 11, 2013 at 6:29) (Below Threshold)
 yup they are the exclusive blackbox sanctions seen in real life they look like the domains some times
  • + 22
 Not ba-a-a-a-a-ad.
  • + 9
 SAWEEEEEEEETTTTTT trailer, that looks like the most perfectly manicured set of DJ's I have ever seen.
  • - 30
flag subaig (Jul 11, 2013 at 12:08) (Below Threshold)
 I wish the music was rap, but good video none the less
  • + 48
 I'm happy the music isn't rap.
  • + 4
 What does C3 stand for, anything?
  • + 8
 Competition, Cinematics, Creativity
  • + 7
 he was being sarcastic. pinkbike, please understand sarcasm.
  • + 3
 awesome movie when its coming out........nevermind july 29
  • + 4
 Domains HAHAHAA you sir deserved my neg props
  • + 5
 Gwin could be in this film too if.
  • - 2
 A front end suspension assembly on a bike is a "fork" (singular) and its model could thus be a "Boxxer" or "Domain" (singular). So Brandon is riding a Blackbox Boxxer, not Boxxers. He probably doesn't want more than one fork on his bike. In addition, the slider portions of a fork are called "stanchions." Not "sanctions" (trade bans) or "stantions" (not a real word).
  • + 3
 ^ that achieved nothing except your own satisfaction of being a wank.
  • + 2
 excatly what i thought and fyi dude if you run a ''boxxer'' fork you're running boxxers,...it would be boxxer (singular!) if only one ''boxxer'' fork existed,..........so as more than one ''boxxer'' fork is in existence you are their for running some boxxer forks or boxxers,..........now please don't reply and take up any space in my dashboard it will be very annoying for you too argue against this so good night

and whilst your at it, its colour not color, thats and ENGLISH lesson for you right their pal
  • + 1
 So if you see someone riding a Specialized Demo, are they running "Demos" because more than one is in existence? Elanto, you don't even know the difference between "their" and "there," so how are you an authority on proper English?
  • + 2
 Shits going down with dictionaries
  • + 1
 yo fight yo!! NOT BAD.
  • + 61
 That's more like it... less over the top metaphysical soul searching voice-overs and more rear wheel drifts, hucks to flat and sheep bothering.

I think they've taken a lesson from the Dudes of Hazzard Razz
  • + 4
 Stupid phone. Ment to +1 not -1
  • + 4
 Story of my life bro
  • + 20
 I love anthill production's they always deliver and are always entertaining! Cant wait for this! Notbad anthill Notbad Big Grin
  • + 19
 Thanks everyone for all the positive comments. Can't wait to share the full film with you in a few weeks!
  • + 19
 I'm sure Aaron Gwin would like to go back in time^^
#BullshitSpecialized
  • + 19
 Yeow! So stoked to be from New Zealand!
  • + 33
 So stoked to be from queenstown, I met these guys up skyline when they were there! Best day of my life
  • + 1
 Makes me miss home......kinda......actually, A lot!!!
  • + 15
 I wonder how they came up with the idea of cutting a watermelon with a chainsaw..
  • + 3
 they were hungery after a day of building awesomeness with a chainsaw?
  • + 2
 Completely random.... But cutting watermelons reminds me of this
youtu.be/PK8dsAeMmPk
  • + 13
 Looks like a Session session
  • + 11
 those dirt jumps... most people can only dream of them...
  • + 6
 They look completely unreal. Those things are more groomed than I am haha
  • + 2
 red bull rampage is more groomed than i am some days
  • + 6
 And that my friends, is why I'm finally after 8 years of being in Canada, moving home... Kiwiland lifestyle rocks. Un-beatable outdoors go hard, have a laugh, enjoy life to the nth'degree in fantastic scenery living large with your mates. Oh and the IT scene isn't that bad either it seems so for any other IT/Dev dude/ettes..... why go to the valley ? Why not come to NZ ? Auckland has some great trails 30mins out of the city with a wicked bike park... Queenstown is a short flight away.
  • + 3
 Are you a dev? My company in Auckland is looking for devs like mad! Flick me a message if you'll be looking for work in the 09 once you're back.
  • + 1
 i like bikes and jobs.
  • + 6
 If you're in the UK you can catch the big screen premiere at The Little@Komedia next Thursday 18th July for £3. All proceeds are going to the Bicycle Academy which teaches people to make frames from scratch which are built up and are sent to Africa. You can book tickets through the Box Office on 0871 902 5735 Hope to see you all there!
  • + 7
 This is such a great cause - stoked we could be a small part of it!
  • + 8
 I hope this will be available on Bluray. I refuse to buy movies on iTunes.
  • + 4
 Yes there will be - just iTunes first on July 29th.
  • + 8
 Saw the picture of the sheep and instantly thought it had to be somthing about New Zealand
  • + 8
 I have just one small request for Anthill... RELEASE THIS IMMEDIATELY.
  • + 2
 Well if they stick to this release date it'll be a good birthday present for me, haha
  • + 7
 New Zealand: beautiful country full of the nicest people.
  • + 7
 Please say there's a way of watching this, without Itunes! Frown
  • + 3
 Yes there will be other channels. iTunes will just be the place to get it first.
  • + 2
 Great news! Thanks! Big Grin Don't wan't to miss this movie - looks absolutely mind blowing!
  • + 4
 okay, film looks good, but... i'm waaaayyyy interested in those style alpine slides! way more fun looking than that channel track garbage! WANT!
  • + 3
 The Luge. Awesome. There's one in Rotorua (www.skyline.co.nz/rotorua/ssr_luge) and Queenstown (www.skyline.co.nz/queenstown/Hours) Good chance you'll get some decent road rash giving it 11/10ths.
  • + 4
 they're all fun and games until they shut down chairlifts to bikes so that the tourons can pay $12/ride like they did at COP. Also the longest track in the world is still only ~110m vert.
  • + 1
 Ya, they look like a lot of fun, but in reality they're not very fast, steep, or long. Kind of a waste of money in my opinion. :/
  • + 1
 Dang, I'm kinda bummed to hear that. Ideally they wouldn't share a lift with bikes. The slides that I've seen here don't. And I know the slide here are bigger than 110 meters. Still they don't give the option to steer, just speed up slow down. :/
  • + 2
 it's a bit of a fiasco. Main shuttle hill for the city is inaccessible since the flooding, and the start of their season was already delayed by...construction of the skyline. The other lift they are going to use for the bikes still needs some work done around it before it can open up. The small hill is owned by a company who exists to develop olympic athletes, but I guess you can get money faster out of a bunch of chumps, than some stingy mountain bikers.
  • + 2
 At first I was skeptical. Thinking the title was previous snowboarderish/skateboarderish trendy. And then I heard Gowan and realized this is the best bike trailer I have ever seen.
  • + 2
 totally agree,as soon as gowan started playing I got so stoked!
  • + 5
 a teaser with Gowan music, i never tought i heard one, not a bad choice
  • + 1
 i think we are 3 who know's who is GOWAN,BRING'S ME BACK,
  • + 1
 Gowan FTMFW!
  • + 1
 I saw a show frow gowan like in 1988
  • + 1
 nope we are not old
  • + 2
 This looks sick! Can't wait for it. Great scenery, great filming and I assume great riding from these guys. Not counting WTTE's trailer, it had been a while since a trailer had excited me this much.
  • + 3
 i was pulling the same face as the sheep the whole time i was watching this
  • + 1
 can't wait to see this- had a helluva two weeks traveling around the south island in college. The Queenstown alpine slide is a total hoot! I remember doing it, you can go way faster than you should on those things haha
  • + 2
 Whoever is in charge at Tourism New Zealand is genius! I'm sure I'm not the only one who is going to watch this and then head over with my friends
  • + 2
 Looks sick! Trek is probably the only team that could get 1, 2 , 3 on the podium at any slope event out there. Cool to see if they can pull that off this year...
  • + 4
 Looks like it will be a sick film. Gotta love NZ,,
  • + 3
 I've been so stoked about this since I saw them riding and filming here back in February!
  • + 3
 A MTB film in NZ and we have a kiwi rider in it representing !!! Yeeeeeewwwww Brook !!!!!!!
  • + 0
 I can't help but laugh at this clip in relation to this article on Team Robot. While the clip was cool, the summary is better.
theteamrobot.blogspot.de/2013/06/this-is-end-of-movie-making.html

I did a rough count and there's about 30s of actual bike footage in that clip, and evidently a lot of it is slo mo as well.
  • + 2
 This movie is just a big excuse for these guys to come and shred nz Lol. Pretty good excuse to if you ask me, looks sick!
  • + 2
 Cam Mcaul's face in the picture with the eel looks exactly like the sheep's one on the cover.
  • + 1
 Nice work if you can get it... Stuck in the office waiting for the weekend - Now looking to leave early and hit the local woods.
  • + 3
 Looks sick, can't wait for the full film.
  • + 3
 René Wildhaber?!?! Awesome!!!!
  • + 1
 @rich-and-famous-media. If you want serious, check out 'The Eiger Sanction' (1975) starring Clint Eastwood and George Kennedy.
  • + 2
 Anthills videography is unfreak'n real!!!
Stoked to watch this....
Doesn't look too bad
Smile
  • + 2
 This looks great guys! Finally we can see why Semenuk has been a bit absent from the FMB contest
  • + 3
 But Rheeder is also equally in this, and has put so much time and effort into the FMB tour that he's winning??
  • + 4
 Maybe there will be more than one new film with semenuk
  • + 3
 Yeah, can't wait for new Life Behind Bars!!!
  • + 3
 Notbad??? I think this is going to be pretty good!
  • + 1
 Just remember to wash your bike and shoes before you go, otherwise you got some scrubbing to do when you get off the plane, and I don't mean the good kind of scrubbing.
  • + 3
 #NotBad cranks!!!! take my money now!
  • + 3
 this is gona be one of the sickest movies yet! so stoked!
  • + 3
 needed a new movie for my ipad. bring it!
  • + 2
 I really looking forward to this one. Not too serious at all, arsing about with friends and bikes! Cannot wait.
  • + 2
 What a great group of guys!
  • + 1
 holy crap that jump park looks like a LOT of work! ...very nice tho, makes me want to give it a go
  • + 3
 Fuckin YO!!!
  • + 1
 wow! looks like strength in numbers may be about to lose its place as my favourite film of alltime......
  • + 2
 Love the shot of the front wheel hitting the long grass.
  • + 1
 Was one of the first people to see the entire thing at Summer Gravity Camp. It was SICK! Best movie this year.
  • + 2
 Both freestylers wearing same etnies. they should just sponsor Brett also.
  • + 2
 EPIC!!! Cant wait to see it! 30 day chillin' in New Zealand!
  • + 2
 Cool slow-mo that's what we need more of
  • + 2
 This looks soo sick! Cant wait!!
  • + 2
 Oh myy Godddd! this film is going to be tooo sick! cant wait!!!!
  • + 2
 What is the name of the song in the second half of the trailer?!?!?!?!?
  • + 2
 Can't wait for this film. It's going to be SICK!!!
  • + 1
 That fucking sheep hypnotized me I swear, I feel passionate about buying this and I didn't even see the riding part...
  • + 3
 I like trek is NOT BAD!!
  • + 2
 July 29th? i cant wait that long!
  • + 2
 30 days of bicycle tomfoolery.. hahaha got to love it
  • + 1
 Click the views button next to faves, Worked for me on my phone, don't know about computer.
  • + 2
 This looks like it will be one of the sickest movies yet
  • + 2
 That was so sick some of the best riders all in one film yes
  • + 1
 Well Aggy was also in Strength in numbers, but he doesn't ride for trek..we need to deal with it...
  • + 3
 this looks awesome
  • + 2
 Finally get to see more of Rheeder on the big bike!!
  • + 2
 Seriously looks SICK!!! Can't wait for the full edit!!
  • + 2
 Brook, A man amongst boys.... haha
  • + 3
 notbad
  • + 1
 Will this be brought out on DVD in the uk?
  • + 2
 Queenstown represent!
  • + 1
 I can't even understand those dirt jumps...amazing
  • + 1
 I got $500 on Brook in the eel fights. Come on Bulldog!!!
  • + 2
 Not missing this one!
  • + 2
 ANTHILL...I love you.
  • + 2
 Notbad at all my friends
  • + 2
 100% buying this
  • + 1
 shandro...? that's awesome!
  • + 1
 worth it just for the Shandro!
  • + 1
 Not a bad advertisement for trek. haha Keen as to see this!
  • + 1
 $100 to the first person to get the Moped through the jumps.
  • + 1
 This is gonna be awesoooooome
  • + 1
 That has to be the most beautiful set of DJ's I've ever seen!
  • + 2
 Can't wait to see it.
  • + 1
 No BluRay edition? Bummer!!!!
  • + 2
 iTunes on July 29th and then other channels after that.
  • + 1
 I believe I will be in a chalet in the foothills of the Alps in morzine with the boys. Seems like we have at least one night planned then....yisssss!
  • + 1
 Excuse me sir. You've got an eel on your shoulder.
  • + 2
 Which is the song?
  • + 1
 Help us
  • + 1
 those bikes definitely looks like treks
  • + 0
 Looks great, but even better if Trek ponied up and released it for free -- it's a Trek ad after all.
  • + 4
 considering the amount of effort that probably went into the making of this film, I would think paying to watch it would not be the end of the world. That being said, you must have skipped over the part that said "free online premier"
  • + 1
 Anybody find this song on youtube or ?
  • + 1
 Gowan, Strange Animal on Youtube.
  • + 1
 Yeah but it's a remix and I found it nowhere !
  • + 1
 Is Cam McCaul gonna eat that eel? Sure love some sushi right now
  • + 0
 Oh yeah, that seems to be such a great idea to throw stuff at passing cars... Appart from that, it seems #notbad !
  • + 1
 hmmm not bad
  • + 1
 not bad, you say, it's amazing!
  • - 1
 Clearly McGarry doesn't ride for Trek.
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