Considering I’m primarily a mountain bike filmmaker, I think most people would be surprised that I don’t actually do much riding on most shoots! These days I have so much gear that it’s generally faster and easier to just hike in to locations with a couple backpacks full of equipment and leave my bike at home. During the mountain bike season (approximately April - October) I’m frequently away filming and don’t get to ride as much as I would like. When I’m home I try and get out three or four days a week. Riding my bike is a great stress reliever and workout, it’s nice to break up monotonous editing days with a quick pedal on my local trails to clear my head. Filmmaking and mountain biking are my two favourite things, and I’m grateful to have a career that lets me do both.
I think I was hooked on cycling the moment my Dad removed the training wheels from my first bike. I didn’t really discover mountain biking, as I now know it, until I saw the movie ‘’New World Disorder III: Freewheel Burning’’ when I was 13. My best friend’s older brother popped it into the VHS player and it absolutely blew my mind. I just couldn’t believe people could do these things on bikes! That movie really marked the beginnings of my obsession with mountain biking and inspired me to build some truly rickety jumps with friends - and break a few bones in the process.
The concept for Builder was created by my producers, Julian Coffey and Ryan Berrecloth. They came up with the idea and then I handled directing, shooting, and editing on the movie. I’ve always loved riding trails and spent time building stunts for my own videos over the years. I wanted to try and capture just how much time, effort, and passion goes into building the tracks that these guys ride. They’re really artists with shovels, chainsaws, and bikes. At the end of the day, I’ll feel like it was a successful project if it inspired people to go ride their bike or pick up a shovel and do some trail work of their own.
From an audience perspective, filmmaking is 50% picture and 50% sound. You can tell a compelling story in either medium without the other (silent films/radio, for example) but combining the two art forms results in cinematic gold. Recording sound on location will always be my preference whenever possible. However, filming outdoors often puts me in extreme weather conditions, with wind or rain pushing the limits of reliability with my gear. I’m as careful as I can be given the realities of the places I’m filming. I think audiences can tell when something is real, and that authenticity is vital when you’re making sports films. It’s amazing what a difference good audio can add to a film, and focusing on sound helps take things to another level.
The MKE 2 was fantastic to work with! As a filmmaker, I value simplicity with my gear since time is everything when you’re on location. The MKE 2 takes about three seconds to set up: you just have to plug it in, close the case, and it does the rest automatically. I tested out the MKE 2 with various POV setups while filming mountain biking and found that sound quality was noticeably better than GoPro’s regular built in microphone. Wind noise is always a problem for me when using these cameras, but the MKE 2’s built in wind muff does a phenomenal job of cutting out annoying background noise while still capturing high fidelity sound from the bike’s suspension and tires - exactly what I want to be hearing.
I try and use whatever camera system or technique fits the shot I need. GoPro’s allow me to get footage from angles that would be impossible with a conventional cinema camera. Watching footage from an athlete’s perspective really lets the audience feel like they’re riding along with them, and the MKE2 allows me to capture those fleeting moments of audio where the rider is natural and unguarded. I like hearing little reactions while they’re riding, like yelling with excitement after finishing a technical run.
My best mountain bike moment ever would be the world premiere of ‘’Builder’’ in Monterey, California back in 2015. I was 23 and had taken the year off university to work on the film. I had only shown the final cut to about four people so I had no idea what the response would be, and I was super nervous and tired from marathon editing sessions to get the movie finished on time for the premiere. My parents and sister flew down with me for the show and it was incredibly special to have them in the audience along with a sold out theatre crowd. When the credits rolled and everyone cheered, all the sleepless nights editing and stressing about the film felt worthwhile. It was probably the happiest moment of my life!
塑造未來音頻並為客戶創建獨特的聲音體驗-這就是Sennheiser全體員工和全球合作夥伴共同的目標。成立於1945年的Sennheiser一直是全球範圍內耳機、咪高峰和無線傳輸系統產品製造廠商中的佼佼者。公司在50多個國家中擁有21個銷售公司和長期的貿易合作夥伴，並且在德國、愛爾蘭、羅馬尼亞和美國擁有自己管理和控制的產品生產基地。自2013年以來，Sennheiser公司開始由Daniel Sennheiser和Dr. Andreas Sennheiser共同管理，成為了家族企業的第三代管理者。在2017年，Sennheiser集團的整體營業額達到了6.667億歐元。