A Day in the Life of Matthew Gorveatte

Feb 13, 2009 at 13:26
by Matthew Gorveatte  

A Day in the Life of Matthew Gorveatte:

From Filming to Setting up my Machines to bring you new stuff everyday, this is a day in the life of a mountain bike filmmaker, also you get to see my computer setup.

My name is Matthew Gorveatte; I moved to Kelowna BC from Fredericton NB about a year ago. I moved here with Kai Wendt (Pinkbike Name: knoxrider) for the mountain biking, and to hopefully start a career making mountain bike films. Using the newest technology that I can get my hands on I hope to make a mountain bike film using the red cam this year. My goal is to have the cleanest and best-filmed stuff you have ever seen, I am setting up my life to do just that.

This video highlight's the level that I am at now and how hard it has been to get where I am today. I can tell you now that it took a lot of sleepless nights, devouring information like an animal. I dedicated about 2 years just to taking pictures on film using my camera on full manual. I did this because 3 years ago I knew this would be the best way to learn everything that I would need to know about taking a shot. From how to set it up too the processing of the film and lens choices.


I hope when I get out of school in about 8 months, that I will be picked up by some company that will let me be myself and produce the things that I believe are cool.

One thing that I really want to make is a 3D mountain bike movie filmed on the red camera, where the riders would look like they are really in your TV and you are looking into the lives of the people on the screen, in a way you have never experienced before. I will make this by placing two red cameras on a 3D tripod mount (basically beside each other, like our eyes) and filming with both running into one image.

I know I can make this happen and I can't wait for you all to see it. This year is going to be big for me, I am trying very hard to make sure I have everything that I need to set-up, shoot, edit and deliver my work to your computers. Pinkbike.com asked me to put together a video about my life right now and what I would do in a day; I hope you enjoy.



Matthew Gorveatte
Kelowna B.C.


I got to go to Whistler's Crankworks last year. It was amazing and I got to meet all the top pro riders, I did interviews with a lot of them and had amazing footage. When I got home I was copying the tapes to my drive and walked to the store to get something to eat. I came back and someone had stolen all my tapes, bahhh. So this is all the footage that I had, at least I got one of my shots. The reaction shot of Ben Boyko's 360 by a little girl watching is priceless. This is one of my fav shots and glad I got it off the tapes.

Views: 13,893    Faves: 226    Comments: 30

There is a big skate park in Kelowna, BenLee Skate Park, this is a video I put together of the riders there. I am going to make a video about Matt Desson this year for sure.

Views: 6,720    Faves: 108    Comments: 39

Kai Wendt is one of my best friends and an amazing photographer. He has gotten POD like 3 times now and I like a lot of his shots. Check him out at http://knoxrider.pinkbike.com/

Thanks for checking me out!

-Matthew Gorveatte
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56 Comments

  • + 2
 Id love to move to BC and make films! Im looking to go to uni to take a film course so if it all works out you might meet me one day Big Grin Ha nice blog anyway mate and class videos Smile
  • + 2
 For sure Matt will go huge in his carrier. He's getting a solid knowledge. I want to see that 3D thing goes on, will be just amazing. Cheers budy!
  • + 1
 thx root; I will make sure I make that 3d mountain bike film for you all. I cant wait to see it my self.
  • + 1
 How is the quality of the video on the D90, I hear the image brakes up or is jittery with fast moving objects, I am thinking of buying one as a backup to my D3's or just to have has as a light weight camera for rides.
  • + 2
 The d90 is a great tool; but it is a lot different from shooting pics or strait video from an automatic camera, but on the other hand, you will be blown away. The first time you go to shoot a picture on it and you get a sweet shot, you will hit the record button and freak out. lol at least I did. I always wanted to some how just record video out of my nikon f80 film camera. but there was never a way. now with all the crazy technology you can do it. And right in high def. If you are a photographer I would recommend the Nikon d90 a lot. but if you are a lazy push button future shop camera type guy then, this is the wrong camera for you. You have to set the focus manually with the lens, so having different lens to play with is a treat. there are so many, you can record video out of any of them even a tilt shift lens. I personally love the macro lens. and the 300mm
  • + 0
 Thanks for taking the time to answer my question and yes I shoot for a living, I’m an Architectural Photographer in San Diego.
PS: excellent work Matt, I can tell you’re going to be vary successful Filmmaker
  • + 1
 I wish the d3x came out with the video function. I bet they will be releasing a 1080p high def dslr soon, the sales of the d90 are huge and they sold so many of them. Canons 5d mark 2 is really nice but I have nikon lens and I am just going to wait till Nikon makes a 24 mpx dslr with video. it will be amazing and I cant wait for them to announce it. I know it will happen. they have to. Nikon if you are reading this, hurry up. I would sell my bikes for a tool like that. well maybe not. but I would sell something.
  • + 0
 shooting full frame video with the D3 would be nice, especially with the 14-24 2.8 or 16mm fisheye
  • + 0
 I would love to use the nikkor 58mm f1.2 to get a natural light source video that looks like how our eyes see light, in the dark. I have tryed a 10mm lens and the video looks unreal you are right. you should get this camera; it just droped in price in the states. add me on facebook I would like to talk to you more about this stuff.
  • + 1
 I have a D90 and it's a lot of fun for sure. I actually like how there's no AF in video mode, makes you use some skill and provides for more interesting shots.
  • + 0
 So good eh
  • + 2
 fuck ya matt new you would make it to the bigs, wen u start makin a movie ill have to work for ya haha...keep up the good work peace man Simon
  • + 0
 And for your Red Camera 3D project...do you have contacts that rent that model out? Cause I've done some work shops with it...and know some people in camera departments and rental houses if you need some hook ups...as well where are you getting the head from? the side by side slightly off set camera head? Cause I hear those are pretty particular to set up...but a wicked cool idea. Especially for MTB. Crazy slow mo effects can't wait to see some of it on the hill.
  • + 0
 I have a producer friend of mine that is working on making the head correct for the astigmatism of the offset spacing when a person walks closer to the rig, I am going to see if I can use the software and head to make it all go down. I know three ppl that own the red cam here in kelowna. And I am making sure that I am right on the cutting edge of what is going on in the world, so it give me the ability to get jobs where I can be free in what I do, where a company will just pay me to make what I think is cool, instead of what they want. If you are able to come to kelowna this summer I will be shooting tonz of videos. and there is so many trails here that are world class. I am really working hard on this hdr video right now. because the red cam shoots in RAW, so I know I can run each frame thought a hdr program and make the full 4k hdr video. that the world has never seen before. If I can make it a 3d 4k hdr video. that would be crazy. I think I would be the only person in the world doing that. and that would make my skills very important to ensure smiles. All over the world. lol
  • + 0
 dream on, boyz......
  • + 1
 i was useing a beam spliter rig all this week, dont worry i am still working on it
  • + 3
 wow, those vids are amazing.
  • + 1
 check that video out; even I cant believe how crazy it turned out
  • - 18
flag industrymike (Feb 17, 2009 at 11:11) (Below Threshold)
 LAME...
  • - 7
flag norconelson (Feb 18, 2009 at 20:55) (Below Threshold)
 yea, LAME...
  • + 1
 I've got the same aspirations as you man. You're so lucky to have equipment like the HVX and that 35mm adapter at your disposal by just signing them out...
  • + 0
 I am in Winnipeg...have family in Kelowna...and planning a trip this summer. Whats your MTB shooting like this season? I ride a RM Flatline and would love to get in some videos...but mainly love lighting.
  • + 1
 Awesome, actually this is one of the careers I'm looking into! What Nikon model do you have, I'm getting ready to get a D90! Oh and a 3d video would be awesome!
  • + 2
 yee son make frederiction proud
  • + 1
 Matthew you made it to the pinkbike home page, hahaha thats ballin! Come back and visit us in Fredericton sometime.
  • + 3
 Nice work Matt
  • + 0
 Need any experienced Grip or Lighting Technicians...let me know. Been doing film work for over 4 years now and tired of the Big Bidget stuff.
  • + 0
 for sure man; where do you live. I am producing a film; in about a month. one that I wrote the script for. it should be epic. The story is solid; and my camera work will be unlike anything eles ppl have seen in a short film. I will be using all my best technics, on this one. Right now I am working on my 100,000 HDR photo video. it should be crazy. can wait till it is done I have 2000, photos so far today and I am going out to shoot the other 80,000. right now. then I have to come home and make the software to make it all happen. Add me on facebook. that is the best way to get a hold of me
  • + 1
 hey man nice to see your living the dream come back to fredericton soon so we can go for a ride
  • + 0
 I would love to come back, I am workin hard on makin sure I have a nice job that lets me travel anywhere I think is cool. lol and I think fredericton is one place I must go back too. But better then that you should come out here, there is so much amazing riding. do it
  • + 1
 if you come back to nb this summer u should come up to Campbellton do some filming chek out the bike park
  • + 1
 hey keep up the ambition and no one can stop you
  • + 1
 where do you go to school?
  • - 3
 hmmm...Larock, Ryys and probably a couple of other guys are way better and somehow they aren't writing articles about themselves. But maybe I didn't get something, if that's the case then I'm sorry. Anyway, props for the awesome plans and lots of ambition - keep it up.
  • + 3
 Hmmm...passive aggressive. Do I detect some jealousy?
  • + 2
 lol; I am just going to keep on making things and I thought this would be a good way to, keep me right on track, now that I have told ever one what I am wanting to do. I have to do it. I basically just called; my self out. I use to do it all the time in riding, but now I am doing it with filming. It really works; if you want to do something like a trick or become a film maker. start telling ppl you are going to do it and that will keep you focused, and it will be harder for you to lose track. Because you don't want to let ppl down.
  • + 0
 OK, fair enough. Didn't mean to discourage you or anything. I just found it quite unusual that it was on the main site and all. I've probably expected sth different and thus misinterpreted the intention of the article. The slo mo stuff is really cool tho. All the best.

@Tatjanna: Not sure if you're aware of that, but those comments are here so the people can express their opinions - not only those sweet and super-positive ones, but also a whole range of others. And I guess your "sensors" are f*cked xD. Cheers.
  • + 0
 lol; tatjanna, is a girl that has never been on facebook. she is a girl that is in my school and is a photographer. She is on the site, because I am so pumped about mountain biking and talk about it all the time, so now there is a bunch of ppl from the photography class that is pumped on takin pics of riding. So I made them all get accounts to upload there photos. They are not use to the level of commenting that goes on, on this site. lol But no worry's man. I told them tons of ppl from all over the world comment on your stuff right away. So they are stoked about that. I enjoy all comments and take them for what they are, you telling me that just makes me want to try harder, no make me mad. So comment how ever you like this is why I am on this site, because all of you really say what is on your minds, it is great. I need someone to keep me in check.
  • + 1
 opps; I mean pinkbike not facebook
  • + 0
 well said ^ and very true. You shouldn't take any bad comments to heart. There will always be haters. Not that there should be lots of them with your vids. But you know what I mean.
  • + 1
 Really nice! keep up the good work Matthew! =)
  • + 1
 You have got my dream job
  • + 1
 Id love his life, seems amazing and fun
  • + 1
 Chea Matt ..its your turn to be in the spotlight !!
  • + 1
 great work, keep her at it!
  • + 0
 Great to see someone doing what they love keep up the good work and all that tech lucky boy.
  • + 0
 did you live in new maryland
  • + 2
 I lived on sunset drive. when I was a kid and helped build the roller coster. lol I use to love that place. I went back in this summer last year. it was cool. I will be coming back to Fredericton this summer I am sure,
  • + 1
 love to be that man !
  • + 0
 whats the song on the third video?
anyone? please
thanks in advance
  • + 0
 Good job Matt, Keep it up!

Francisco (from CATO)
  • + 1
 thx you really helped me out that day. thank you very much. I like nuke and what i can make now.
  • + 0
 50mm*
  • + 1
 it is a 35mm lens adapter you where right; it is the redrock m2 system; For attaching 35mm lens to a video camera. it is amazing; but I really like the ability to have the d90 and just put what ever lens I want on that thing. for it is much smaller. and can got on rides. I am always worried about breaking the bigger hpx170 it is so huge with that big adapter kit on there. but a treat non the less. I am lucky to use that thing. and I am the only guy in my school that signs it out. all the other students think it is too hard to use. and they want to just hit rec. lol. might as well use your camera phone
  • + 0
 nicely done

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