Stance Films in association with
Shimano, Scott Bicycles &
A new bike film

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CONCEPT: take Thomas Vanderham onto trails he knows better then any other rider. At night. and look at it in a new way.

MAKING IT HAPPEN: Whistler bike park gave us the location. Bear Back Biking styled us out with the accommodations. Coast Mountain Catering Liz Abby dialed in unreal meals. And we had 4 pro lighting dudes from the US helping shine light into the shadows.


DAY 1:Getting it rolling we had a lot of apprehensions about shooting. We have never dealt with this type of shoot and we had a lot of unknowns. Not to mention that we were spending a lot of cash everyday to keep this ship floating. This shot was by far the most expenses we have taken on so far so that always adds to the stress.

 Once we started to shoot we started to feel better, but also fell a bit worse. The lights are slow and getting the proper look wasn't coming easy. We didn't' actually feel as if we were getting what we wanted. Adjusting the the 6pm to 6am schedule was also hurting us. We have high expectations out of ourselves to pull off unique shots and day one we drove of the hill at sunrise with a bit of a uneasy felling that we might have just blew this one.


DAY 2: After some discussions about the shots the day before we realized we were going to need to adapt our script a bit to make sure we are getting dynamic shots. We did have enough lights to spray a massive area down and shooting wide angle would be a huge challenge.

With a new game plan we set it into motion and started to execute some shots. Still feeling like we had our hands tied a bit with the limitations that come along with not having endless budget to get the tools we wanted we are trying to make our footage look like Hollywood on a bike film budget.

Thomas was a great rider for this type of shooting we needed precision and the ability to hit the mark every time. Because we wanted to nail shots then move on to maximize our time with the lights he was solid through the shooting and made our jobs easier.

End of day 2 we had a better taste in our mouth for the shoot and could see after a few small successes that we were going to get what we wanted it just wasn't coming easy.


DAY 3 & 4: Much success! we have had two days of really killing it. The crew is starting to hit our stride and working as a 9 person crew we really began to ship away at the shot list. The sweet thing about suing lights is that you are able to take control of the scene and not rush what you are getting. We spent a lot of time dialing in each shot and it was starting to pay off.


Day 5: Heading up we could see that we might get fog tonight.... we've really wanted some bad weather to shoot in and Gibb and I headed up early to make sure we were ready if it happen. The fog at Whistler can be dense soup perfect for what we wanted and by luck it was hanging around tonight and not a drop of moisture to mess with all the dear just perfect fog factory.

By the time the lights had gotten up and the sun had settled the fog decided it was also going to take off. *%#$ we thought to ourselves. Al we needed was 10 minutes and we could got a few really epic shots. After spending 2 or 3 hours on lighting I really didn't want to move on until the fog came back. But that's the thing with weather you can't predict it and we could spend hours just burning cash and waiting for the fog unicorn to show up. waiting. waiting. should we just shoot and move? waiting. a bit of fog. not enough. waiting but hopeful....fog rolled in. We went into our normal controlled-chaos gear when we get epic conditions we have to be able to react quickly and it's this weird balance of hurry but also take the time not to screw it up.

We got very lucky that night. 3 hours of fog provided for some pretty sweet looks. feeling satisfied we grabbed a 1 am coffee and headed out to see which location we should nail next and relieved we got what we wanted.

LAST day: This was a short day since the lighting crew had to drop off lights in Vancouver the next morning and head to Seattle. The only planned for the night was a scrub on a trail on A-line. Feeling pretty good about what we had in the can it was a relaxing last evening of shooting. Thomas preformed as per usual and we bagged a sweet angle.

WRAP: Looking back on the shoot it really couldn't have gone any better. We have a lot of people to thank on this one. Liz Abby the cook kept us fulled with awesome food that made coming home in the am after a 12 hour shift exciting to see what was on the table. Mark from Bear Back Biking hooked us up with a mansion that included a 8 man hot tub through his friends at Whistler Dream.

Ryan and Jeremy from Whistler bike park dialed us in for locations and Kira from the patrol made sure we were safe on the hill each night. Thanks guys.


We had a 2 person film crew recording what went down and it'll be coming to pinkbike very soon so keep your eye's open for that.