The first segment from the epic mountain biking film, UnReal, has been released, and it features some masterful camerawork by Teton Gravity Research and world-class riding from Red Bull athlete and pro freerider Brandon Semenuk. More impressively, the clip, "Get Lost in the Moment," is the first mountain bike segment filmed in one continuous, uninterrupted shot.
Semenuk was injured at the time of filming and only hit the full downhill line once, but you'd never be able to tell from the bike swap and mid-air drop mount he lands. The rider, who hails from the cycling dreamland of Whistler, British Columbia, began riding when he was just six years old and started racing by the age of nine.
Other riders who are featured in the full-length version of UnReal include Trek athlete Brett Rheeder, Fox rider Cam McCaul, Kona pro Graham Agassiz, Tom van Steenbergen (who once attempted the biggest front flip in MTB history across a 72-foot canyon gap), and Rocky Mountain 10-year veteran rider Thomas Vanderham.
The movie was shot with an advanced gyro-stabilized camera system, the GSS C520, which was mounted to a truck. The "Get Lost In the Moment" segment required the crew to create a custom road built next to a custom trail that took three weeks to construct. Perfect coordination between the rider and cameramen, and TGR on timing and logistics has clearly resulted in an athletic and cinematic adrenaline rush for our viewing pleasure.
Teton Gravity Research and Anthill films produced Unreal, along with support from Sony, Trek, and Shimano. The full-length version is currently traveling on a worldwide film tour, but you can also download it now on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.