Brett Rheeder: Shadow of the Sun - Video

Mar 17, 2017 at 11:46
by Harrison Mendel  
Views: 39,293    Faves: 457    Comments: 13

"It gets so dark, we almost wish it was never light"

Shadow of the Sun
Shadow of the Sun
Shadow of the Sun
Shadow of the Sun
Shadow of the Sun
Shadow of the Sun
Shadow of the Sun

"and then, in one moment, one precious moment, the light shines in the darkness"

Directed by Harrison Mendel
Still Photography Robb Thompson
Branding and Design Studio Dialog
Sound Mix and Design Jason Chiodo
Special Thanks
Ben Schleith
Braden Schleith
Ervin Schleith
Robyn Schleith

Featuring Brett Rheeder
"We Wish It Was Never Light"
Ryan Taubert
Licensed through Music Bed

Voice over
"Energy from the Sun"
Encyclopaedia Britannica Films

Article quotes from ANOMALY

MENTIONS: @hmendel @robb @rheederboyz


  • 156 10
 Hyped on the evolution of bike videos that has really occurred over the past year or so. More and more directors are telling stories that stretch beyond just the visuals and that is awesome to see. You killed it on this one Harry.
  • 3 1
 Great variety of filming.
  • 13 1
 I'm a bit confused. What story were we being told here? To me this felt about as visuals focused as you can get...which I'm not saying is a bad thing by the way.
  • 8 0
 Great video! They should have used Audioslaves song Shadow of the Sun
  • 3 0
 Great book too..
  • 119 6
 It's so rad what we get to watch for free. Great work guys!
  • 6 2
 interesting approach, completely agree with it.
Please don't charge us Smile
  • 3 1
 It's great to watch some amazing videos every day!
  • 10 14
flag RedBurn (Mar 18, 2017 at 6:54) (Below Threshold)
 Why should we pay ??? It's sponsors role, not ours !!!!
  • 9 2
 @RedBurn: all big bike movies are sponsored but we still pay. I'm always amazed at the free content we get and the amount of underrated incredible talent that is on Pinkbike.
  • 1 0
 Considering that TEN media has tried to go this route, and is losing ad revenue - this IS rad. Keep it up!
  • 64 11
 elephant in the room: so can I expect a rehash of whatever rupert puts out semi annually now?

Don't get me wrong, I've always loved the Anomaly score (film was kind of a let down), Ryan Taubert is hugely talented, Salomon Ligthelm and Dan Difelice were a foray into filmmaking for a lot of us. I'm a huge fan of the craft, if I had my own world people wouldn't go work 9-5's they'd make films and tell stories. With that said it just feels slightly cheapened to make a video like this after Lapse, distorted voice over and everything. Not that Rupert Walker has exclusive rights to that kind of stuff, I just happen to be a big fan of Brett and I'd rather not see him living in Brandons shadow in every way shape or form. From a backflip can can to this, he's put a lot into getting to where he is and he deserves content that sets him apart. Just kinda pains me to see that.
  • 27 16
 Same here!!! Cool video, crazy story thing but too much like Brandon Semenuk!!!! Frown I'm a huge Brett Rheeder fan too and Brett should be set apart from Brandon!!!!!! Frown Too much like Lapse!!!!!! Somebody should have thought before putting that story thing with the video!!!! I hugely dislike it actually!!!!!!!!!
  • 5 9
flag nug12182 (Mar 18, 2017 at 5:14) (Below Threshold)
 @DigRenno: yell about it would ya..
  • 8 1
 @DigRenno: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 4 6
 Agree, should be called shadow of rupert and brandon Frown ...
As you say, i really like them both, but this is sooo much like-lapse that it makes me sad Frown .
  • 2 2
 @NBijelic: it makes me sad too!!! Frown I don't know who's idea it was to set up that story thing with that video and it seemed to me that the video was set and put into the same coloring as Lapse!!!!! :'( I watch this Brett Rheeder video one time. I started watching it again the second time and it's just too much like Lapse!

A few of Brett Rheeder's videos I've heard him say, "l want to be apart from Brandon - l feel like Brandon is one step ahead of me"......... sorry Brett something's gone wrong in this video!!! :'('''''
  • 44 8
 Is it just me or is that kinda a copy of semunuks lapse, with the the voice and all the wierdness, not dissing the video tho awesome vid.
  • 8 2
 Yeah, and there were lately a few videos with this kind of voice in the beginning. Seems like Rockys video with the Slayer was first and everybody tries to copy it now Smile
  • 3 4
 It's Semenuk in disguise.
  • 3 28
flag nathanlawrence (Mar 18, 2017 at 9:53) (Below Threshold)
 Seems like everything Rheeder does is copied from Semenuk from appearance to style... Bet Semenuk hates him too lol
  • 1 0
 @GawiQ: Rupert Walker just came out with banger videos lately and people are obviously getting inspired by his work.
  • 33 7
 Brandon Semenuk/ Rupert Walker : let's make a really progressive and edgy video for the mountain bike community! That would be great!

Brett Rheeder / Harrison Mendel : Time to hop on that bandwagon!

In all seriousness though, the vid was super sick, just seemed like a huge ripoff of "lapse" the whole time.
  • 20 2
 Too short
  • 16 1
 half this edit was him pushing his bike up a hill with riders that don't even appear in this edit. 10/10 sick as hell.
  • 8 3
 Beautifully shot, nice flow, awesome typography/title design!

Im really into conceptual edits like this. I find far more articulation and depth out of them, in comparison to "yesterdays" 'why can't we just make bike films about biking' fisheye-point-and-shoot-static-angles (which don't take me out of context: that style of editing does have its genre, with riders and fans. It can still have its place).

I absolutely love the standard of here and now (as far as camera technology/techniques go). I always look forward to seeing how DOP's actively seek to progress into new territory...and holy sh*t! can't be easy; the benchmark of cinematography nowadays is so so high.

Maybe the bandwagon of 'haters' could treat this like a music festival: You're not into this style of music? Thats perfectly fine. But please try to refrain for throwing your pint of smelly piss at the main act! Im more than sure the band don't appreciate it, and to be honest, a majority of the crowd don't really like piss either.

Just cruise on over to another stage.
  • 1 1
 @dro-cfr: Haha! No worries Smile

Oh, I do pray I don't have to hear those words in "real life" ... ever...
  • 8 3
 The music was inspirational, the extra vocals were like my science teacher explaining the existence of the sun, and the video was so sick. Could it get any better?
  • 7 0
 That no foot can at 1:48.... Holy shrimp.
  • 2 0
 Yah, he took a trick that sometimes doesn't look as crazy impressive as a lot of others and really steez'd it up to maximum!
  • 2 0
 Yeah that extension was absolutely mad
  • 1 0
 I don't think a gymnast could stretch their legs out like that, loved the under table( whatever its called) to downside table too
  • 4 0
 You know we've gotten spoiled by these guys when you can watch something that sick and think "but he didn't really do anything new..." Still better in every way than I can ride in my dreams.
  • 3 0
 Great riding, but I would personally rather see more actual biking and less drawn out intros .. just my thought ... still always sweet to see Rheeder hit jumps
  • 2 0
 I liked it and I haven't been within a 100 feet of a dirt jump track /: looks like he's going to kill it as usual this season.
  • 5 1
 Felt like I was a Slave to the Audio.
  • 2 1
 It made me think of Audioslave when I read the title of the video..
  • 3 0
 Looks like the okanagan region of BC. Kelowna/Vernon?
  • 1 0
 That is definitely Kelowna. The WC Bennett bridge was clearly shot in the background. I'm guessing that dirt jump track is in some kid-of-a-vineyard-owner's yard.
  • 1 0
 @grambone: Yeah that's what I was thinking too. Must have been last year, as the interior still has snow right now.
  • 2 3
 Great bike video...visual poetry! But I'm lost on the title, "Shadow of the Sun", really? As if the sun casts shadows instead of the objects blocking the light? haha, I get caught up in the minutia at times.... time to watch again Smile
  • 2 0
 Great start to the day, this form of riding is pure art. Kelowna has so many hidden dirt jumps I wish I could find these..
  • 1 1
 I believe I know where these are... but I don't know if its private land or not...
  • 3 0
 @Keepthestoke: Hey, it is private land, I did work on the irrigation there once
  • 1 3
 @shift9ears: Yeah, shame. those jumps are minty and the dirt jump park on Hollywood rd. is a bit of a dump... it's sad that we don't really have a good place to jump bikes in Kelowna.
  • 1 2
 @Keepthestoke: Ya poor you, that dirtjumping scene in kelowna is sure rough...
  • 1 1
 @chomers: well, there are great jumps, they are all either on private land, not that great and need serious attention, or soon to be bulldozed with the amount of growth Kelowna has seen/ landowners that get tired of seeing people demolish their land (R.I.P dreamland). So most people just downhill or enduro from what I've seen... Not saying that I'm not fortunate to live in such an awesome place, its just hard to find dirtjumps that's all.
  • 1 0
 @Keepthestoke: I agree, I know some old spots that just need new people working them it's a good time to build right now
  • 2 0
 loses 5,000,000 tons of weight per second, I had never heard that before. I love these informative
  • 1 0
 Yeah the sun facts were actually really cool.
  • 2 0
 Keep in mind, this was likely shot a while ago (probably before Lapse) was even released.
  • 2 0
 Glad to see Brett back on the bike, stylish as ever!
  • 2 1
 Feelin lucky to be able to witness things like this. The best 2 min and 25 sec of my week. Beauty!
  • 12 0
 bro its just a video
  • 4 3
 @FrozenTreads56: right!i just banged my girl and that was surly better.
  • 19 0
 @nug12182: did you last 2:25 tho?
  • 6 0
 @JoseBravo: no way not a chance
  • 3 0
 @nug12182: haha you walked right into that one
  • 2 0
 At 1:51 that no foot can was phat
  • 2 0
 Neat I didn't even finish it,too profound for me
  • 2 0
 I hope the sun never dies.
  • 3 1
 Steezy and educational
  • 1 0
 that no footer at the end was awesome !!
  • 1 0
 That was soo soooo soooooo good.
  • 1 0
 My trail riding is kinda different...
  • 2 1
 2:25min edit.......... 53sec of intro......... JUST SAYING!!!!!
  • 4 3
 This is the saddest thing to hit pinkbike in 2017
  • 1 0
 Great video. Made me think how fucked we are without sun though...
  • 1 0
 2017 the year of Semenuk vs Rheeder for sickest edits
  • 3 3
 What's with entitled people diminishing a video this great. Sometimes the internet sucks...

Can you do better trolls?
  • 1 0
 This video was sick. Rheeder is the man.
  • 1 0
  • 1 3
 Brett Rheeder is like Kobe Bryant of mountain biking! Amazing skills and style but you always have the feeling that he is copying SOMEBODY...? (No clue who could that be.)
  • 2 1
 needed more slow mo.
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Really well done!
  • 1 0
 Lifes a garden dig it
  • 1 0
 Where was this filmed?
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