Mind the Gap: The Making of Unreal Episode 1

Jan 26, 2015 at 17:53
by Anthill Films  
As a lead up to the Summer 2015 release of unReal, Anthill Films and Teton Gravity Research are giving viewers an exclusive behind the scenes look at the film in their new web series, Mind the Gap. The first episode in the eight part series takes us to Turtle Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming with Trek athletes Brett Rheeder, Tom van Steenbergen, and Cam McCaul.

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Rolling into Dubois (pronounced DEW-boyz) is like stepping into a scene from the American classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (there is actually a statue in the centre of town modelled after the famous outlaws). Dubois is cowboy to the core, right down to the motto, “Where Real Cowboys Work and Play.” We can confirm that all cowboys (and cowgirls) encountered on this shoot were in fact real. With a motto like that, imposters don’t get very far.

unReal Sterling Lorence Photo

Every morning at 4:30am the crew would sleepwalk over to the motel kitchen to get a shot of some much needed rocket fuel. This was an essential ingredient to make it through the 18-hour days spent on location at Turtle Ranch - a sprawling 2,500 acre horse ranch that was our playground for the three-week shoot. By 5:30am the coffee had kicked in and the crew of zombies turned into humans. The mission to collect nugs was on.

unReal Sterling Lorence Photo

The concept behind this shoot was fairly simple: ride mountain bikes with horses. The execution on the other hand proved to be a bit more complex. Robin Wiltshire (confirmed real cowboy and owner of Turtle Ranch) was the master trainer behind the horses. Because this was something that both Robin and the film crew had never really done before, it was hard for everyone to imagine how it would all come together. But when you’re rolling with a 15-person crew, helicopters, skid-steers, and a pack of galloping horses, things take on a momentum of their own.

unReal Sterling Lorence Photo

For most people, riding a horse doesn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary. Riding your bike in an unpredictable herd of 25 horses, each weighing over ten times your body weight… that is actually ludicrous. Imagine yourself standing in the middle of a 6 lane highway packed with speeding transport trucks during a thunderstorm and you have the general feeling of what it was like for the riders and cameramen to be in that situation. Now imagine watching one of your friends get hit by those transport trucks and somehow miraculously walk way. Would you keep standing there? Of course not! You live in the real world. But this is the Wild West, and things were just about to get interesting.

unReal Sterling Lorence Photo
unReal Sterling Lorence Photo

unReal is co-produced by Teton Gravity Research and Anthill Films. Written, directed and edited by Anthill Films. Presented by Sony in association with Shimano and Trek. Additional support for the film is provided by the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Evoc, and Pinkbike.com.

To get the latest episodes of Mind the Gap, subscribe to the Teton Gravity Research and Anthill Films YouTube Channels.

Photos: Sterling Lorence / @eyeroam

MENTIONS @anthill @TetonGravityResearch @rheederboyz @trek @tomvansteenbergen @shimano @WhistlerMountainBikePark @evocsports @sterlinglorence

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178 articles

  • 98 4
 New for 2016, a horse-proof Session.
  • 10 5
 Damn I was just about to make a horse-proof bike joke...
  • 56 0
 Kona fans are delighted.
  • 26 0
 Trek Clydesdale
  • 25 3
 The horse is better than carbon.
  • 22 4
 My carbon doesn't get spooked or shit on trails. I don't have to board it, feed it, or euthanize it. It doesn't cost money when I don't ride it. I'd say it's much better than a horse.
  • 10 56
flag scott-townes (Jan 27, 2015 at 9:09) (Below Threshold)
 What a whimp... giving up an epic shoot because he's a little sore? Wah, get over it, you got trampled by a couple horses... big deal....

  • 5 4
 Keep me on 2 wheels please. Bikes don't get moody, bite, jump unless i want it to, piss, shit, eat, have to be trained, tamed, etc. crap that you have to put up with a horse... Still today human race don't understand that horses were not meant to be ridden, BIKES are!
  • 20 0
 Would not have happened with a Giddy Up bike.
  • 8 13
flag sashamtbrider (Jan 27, 2015 at 10:22) (Below Threshold)
 Don't worry, they ate the horse that broke his bike Wink
  • 4 0
 Wasn't that the whole point behind Ironhorse. Haha
  • 1 0
 well i'll die if i ride a horse because of allergies so i'll stick to carbon too.
  • 8 0
 At least there was a car for him to get back in, otherwise it would have been a long Trek home!
  • 1 5
flag bikecustomizer (Jan 27, 2015 at 15:03) (Below Threshold)
 @ lukachadwick I'd say it would have been a long horse-ride home!
  • 5 6
But your carbon can not run without you..... when you can get spooked or shit on trails, do have to board youself, feed yourself, or euthanize yourself.
It does cost money so huge that...A HORSE IS BETTER.
Smile ))
  • 13 2
 @scott-townes Guess sarcasm doesn't go over too well with this crowd
  • 1 2
 Holy shit Rheeder, that was pretty lucky!

@bikecustomizer, I think I know the answer to my own question given the Muhricvnt flag next to your name & your supreme level of illiteracy, but are you being sarcastic, or a moron? O.o
  • 1 1
 @ freeride-forever
I really do not know the meaning of the word "Muhricvnt" but I found it already has been used by you here:
And now I think I know what are the roots and the reasons of your bile.

Take an easy man Smile You totally wrong about me, but now I will not get deep into the details: I'm just JOKING.
Bad if you didn't understand.
The last answer was a quotation of Reverie2Reality mostly.

By the way Rheeder and Semeniuk is my probably the most favorite riders.
  • 73 0
 Should have been on an ironhorse......
  • 44 2
 Do you think the warranty dept will believe that one " ya I was riding along and got trampled by a horse and he broke my frame, no really you can see the hoof mark" hahaha.
  • 60 8
 That's going ton inspire a new feature on Redbull Rampage 2015. They will release a herd of raging, red painted bulls into the area. Andreu LAcondeguy will drop in shouting CORRRRRIDA!!!!
  • 5 10
flag bikecustomizer (Jan 27, 2015 at 3:59) (Below Threshold)
 The horse has broken the carbon.........hmmmmm And the front wheel, oh... ...It's time to rear wheelly, dude!!! That will be the answer of the warranty dept.
  • 2 0
 Nah! They might believe you....unfortunately horse stamped accidents aren't covered by the warranty Razz
  • 9 3
 I know a forum where every now and then someone asks a question like that - I snapped a chain on my Canyon after only a month of riding it! - is it covered by warranty? I didn't do anything special. One guy broke a few spokes in his wheel and claimed "those whould not have broken". Shop that sold the complete bike to him, said to send the whole bike in for inspection to them. Bloke did not understand that shop was giving him a polite: "F-Off you are an a-hole", he got angry and got a newspaper to write about it... title went more or less: "Even the most expensive and luxurious gear is of bad quality these days". Bike costed 2000$.
  • 1 0
 I'm very interested in the further story of that frame: have they restored it?

I have the carbon rim with some more or less minor crack the outer beadwall surface.
Going to repair it.
Any suggestings ?
  • 2 0

As far as that frame, it's Brett Rheeder, he called Trek, told them what happened, and they sent him a new frame.

Your carbon rim, twcarbon.com in St. Louis, MO

They fix all the local carbon. Although you might try finding something local to you. Carbon repair is a necessity these days. I'm sure someone in your area is thinkin about it. If not, ship it to the Lou. Tell em Leg Titty sent ya.
  • 2 0
 @ lirch1
Oh, yeah, it's obviously. Smile
But I'm interested in that PARTICULAR cracked frame's story, not the other one which is new Smile
Can't beleive they throw it as a garbage.

And I mean to repair the rim by myself, DIY info.
I know - google and so on- but just the occation to ask, may be wrong place...anyway.
  • 6 0
 bikecustomizer - it surely already floats in Great Pacific garbage patch, just like the majority of plastic in the world. Jason Chamberlain will eventually choke to death on piece of the chainstay after eating Sea Bass in a restaurant in Aptos
  • 3 1
 Good to know there are gapers in MTBing that also try to warranty for the dumbest crap. In skiing regardless if its topsheet scratches or a massive dent caused by impact damage, the story is all the same... "I was just riding along, looked down and noticed the front of my ski had collapsed in!! It was only my 3rd run of the day!" Ah gapers, can't live with them and can't live with them.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns not to say anything about the a-hole in question, but in europe a chain is covered by warranty like everything else. If it snaps after a month and it's expected to last more you have every right to ask for a replacement. For what I've seen it's far more common to find people who know very little about their consumer rights than to someone willing to exploit them trying to warranty every dumb crap.
  • 3 2
 @scott-townes, you wouldn't even believe some of the warranty excuses we get. Just yesterday, a guy called in for a warranty on a D3 because his kid dropped the thing in their cement driveway and the visor broke; he wanted us to replace it or for TLD to send him a new one because "a downhill visor shouldn't just break like that".

Some people's kids.
  • 5 0
 Ambatt - some people are so deep in their own crap, they don't even know anymore that they smell, and that having shoes full of it, makes going through life really hard. It is inconvenient to make a warranty claim, you have to drive to the shop, leave it there, or send it, wait for a new one, get the box, throw the box away, most importantly you have to store it in your head... ehhh... you know, some people say that they feel sorry for people like that - I don't, I know that devil will always come to get what's his, in one way or another, so I feel schadenfreude. I saw the devil today and he looked a lot like me - he smiled, he always smiles, because he knows that I know, but I'm just shittin my pants to admit it, whatever it is - more I fear, the lauder he laughs Big Grin
  • 1 1
 >some people are so deep in their own crap, they don't even know anymore that they smell
OMG, that's LOL Smile ))))))))) - and the devil laughs!

Smile ))))))))))

...and I made my bunny hop higher today.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns, I love you.
  • 1 0
 Yeah this is pretty awesome.
  • 2 0
 @ambatt - you are my Muse
  • 2 0
 @ambatt and WAKI
Guys, you are making a big mistake! Think twice about to what place this love will lead you.

  • 2 0
 Hpefully to a nice cottage in British Columbia with an own pump track. For now we may form a common blog and destroy @TEAM-ROBOT
  • 1 0
 Seems like commenting at PB turns to a stand-alone discipline of fun, like DIRT or FR Smile ))
  • 1 0
 @bikecustomizer Probably into an eternal abyss of pure insanity and internet blog post melee, but to each their own. Maybe we'll end up in the south of France, or in the Dolomites... Who knows?

Hahaha... (In all seriousness, I think @WAKIdesigns is married with kids. Our internet love affair will probably remain just that: online. That's how most of my Tinder matches end, anyway... BWAHAHA.)
  • 25 2
 I understand you have to build the hype about this movie. It looks Awsome. I can see a "man from snowy river" style segment what would be cool.

But please don't show us the whole movie like in rad company / LBB.
  • 7 0
 nice one but do not fek with the horses !! Razz
  • 3 2
 yeah i agree 100%... id prefer to have the whole thing as a completely new thing unlike with rad co when i was like 'ive already seen this jump or trick in the lbb episode' , just stick to the trailer pls!
  • 2 0
 T-Bot, does anyone else on this forum even know what Man From Snowy River is?! Haha... I nearly shat myself when I saw your comment. One of the best cowboy movies of all time, and this shoot definitely reminded me of it. Now if the whole movie is like that, I may have another favorite. Wink
  • 2 0
 Who on pink bike has not seen the 1982 Australian classic film?

  • 2 0
 I don't know, but it's a travesty... Greatest cowboy classic ever.
  • 12 0
 if they used a nicolai frame the horse would have broken his leg
  • 8 1
 As a guy who owns horse this is pretty sad to watch. One I don't get why the owner of the horse would let you do this.....he probably didn't understand you guys would suck so much and crash in the middle of his animals and second the horse that ran over that kid and his bike musts had some damage too....very uncool from a dude who loves to shred horses and bikes... CM!
  • 8 0
 got run over by a horse and a ruined your bike...Unreal ahah
  • 7 0
 Bikes and horses go together like cocaine and waffles.
  • 6 0
 This just gave a hole new meanning to the title of BrettRheeder's latest edit; Horsepower!
  • 5 0
 Sterling Lorence is fucking insane. Even the shot with no bikes, just horses, gets me pumped to get out and ride!!
  • 2 0
 We had a made in BC experience similar to this but not contrived or rehearsed and no bikes were harmed. We were on a multi day backcountry bike trip dropping down into the Nemiah Valley when we heard a thundering sound behind us and a herd of wild horses streamed by on either side. Amazing experience!
  • 4 1
 Did I read "Teton Gravity Search" at the end of the movie??? What is "Teton"? In french it means "Nipple Gravity Search".......... I like it too this way :-)
  • 3 1
 Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is a company based in the Grand Tetons in the US that funds and produces massive alternative sports action films, projects and campaigns. They began as a snowsports company that has recently branched into multiple action sports and that owns one of the most technologically advanced drone cameras on earth.
  • 1 0
 I've heard of TGR and they are a sick production company buuuuuttttt....I like the French definition better! Mais oui teton!
  • 1 0
 "yeah we're gonna have these guys riding DH rigs slowly across a hideously flat field, with a herd of horses"

"Sounds like a pile of horse dung to me"

"Yeah but you shoulda heard what they said about Brokeback when it was pitched"

"Okay, okay, but can't you make one them get a bit horsed up just to make it look vaguelly past pointless"
  • 2 0
 I actually got to ride through a heard of galloping horses on accident, like what hey were doing but going down a hill, it was one of the most awesome experiences of my life.
  • 2 0
 Really awesome session this week in Wyoming, Is my frame covered under warranty? Nay!
  • 1 1
 Should be, "neigh"
  • 3 1
 Soo my adrenaline and hear rate just rose. Im gonna go ride my bike now
  • 2 0
 "bout a week (and a half) ago"
  • 2 1
 Cool , released in June not October! Can't wait!
  • 2 1
 Can't wait for this movie.
  • 1 0
 wonder if sessions are covered by getting run by a horse
  • 1 1
 Sorry crash or not, hospital or not. I'd put myself out there if this was my media - 80s skaters have done worse
  • 1 0
 june can't come fast enough
  • 1 0
 Was interesting, but disappointed by last three seconds...
  • 1 0
 So sick
  • 1 0
 I'm stokin' fo' dis!!!!
  • 3 4
 wooooo! Darren Mcberreclough!

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