See the Behind the Scenes Here: vimeo.com/144525818
Presented by Philips Ambilight TV
In Association with Specialized and TomTom Bandit ActionCam
Supported by Freefly Systems (MOVI), Bike Magazine, and CLIF Bar
The lights haven’t gone out yet! Sweetgrass Productions is back with Darklight, a film that takes viewers back into a world of light and color. Supported by innovative television manufacturer Philips TV, this is the third collaboration between the soulful filmmakers at Sweetgrass Productions and Swedish creative house Ahlstrand and Wållgren. Follow professional mountain bikers Graham Agassiz, Matt Hunter, and Matty Miles on a mind-bending night ride through the moonscapes of Southern Utah to the Ewok forests of the Pacific Northwest.
A physically and mentally demanding production, this piece was shot during the midnight hours over three intense weeks. With a scrappy and determined crew of 27, thousands of pounds of camera and lighting gear was slogged, rigged, soldered, hung and broken down each night. Unlike anything ever seen before in the world of mountain biking, Darklight features arrestingly beautiful landscapes and world class riding.
An evolution of its predecessors, Darklight continues to push the creative bounds of action sports cinema.
Director - Mike Brown
Executive Producer - Zac Ramras
Assistant Director - Matt O'Connor
Production Manager - Rachel Franks
Producers - Matt O'Connor, Zac Ramras, and Rachel Franks
Associate Producer - Sterling Lorence, Max Santeusanio
Cinematography - Mike Brown, Jason Mannings, Zac Ramras, and Leo Zuckerman
Editor - Mike Brown
Gaffer - Mark Stuen
Key Grip - Kyle Metzger
Electrics - Brant Beland, Scotty Frazer, Brandon Wilson
Mountain Techs - Carston Oliver, Shane Treat, Jordan Seldin
Lead Trailer Builders - Luke Beers and Ron Penney
First AC - Max Santeusanio
Still Photography - Sterling Lorence
Drone Pilot - Nick Wolcott
Aerial Cinematography - Zac Ramras, Nick Wolcott, and Chris Jordan
DIT - Bobby Gressel
Caterer - Sierra Gourmet Backcountry Catering
EMT- Blake Doss, Shelly Shugart, Polk County Fire Dept.
BTS Unit - Jason Mannings
Production Assistants - Trevor Akimoto, Logan Bonwell, Ben Shumlin
Post Supervisor - Joel Bringmark
Sound Design - Jeff Yellen
Color - Erik Lindahl
Agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren
Account Director - Ulf Ahlstrand
Creative Director - Joakim Wållgren
Account Manager - Louise Ekman
Art Director - Johan Schonfeldt
Agency Producer - Marcus Sundqvist, Colony
"Old Statues", "Beat Primal", and "Desert"
Written and Performed by Other Lives
"Winds Upon A Tin Roof" and "Coda"
Written and Performed by William Ryan Fritch
The DARKLIGHT film was developed in partnership with Philips TV to show the power of Ambilight and how adding light to an already great experience can enhance it even further.
Learn more about Philips Ambilight TV and the technology: philips.com/ambilight or follow facebook.com/PhilipsTV
A bit of adventure and grit never did anyone any harm and for Wanaka photographer Camilla Stoddart it has essentially molded her into the talented photographer she is today. Leaving her home land of Scotland, London and her St Martins Arts Honours Degree behind, Camilla made her pilgrimage deep into the South Island of New Zealand to Wanaka where she has carved out an undeniable reputation as one of the countries best outdoor adventure sport’s and travel photographers.
“I live in Wanaka because of the outdoor factor and everyone else is here for the same reasons as well. So you have lots of creative people thinking outside the square who love using the landscape we live in” Camilla Stoddart.
Directed & Filmed by Tim Pierce, Edited by Piers Harding
by @WarriorPoetUS and brought to life by the talent and vision of @Notthisbody
For more by Aubrey Marcus visit the Warrior Poet blog: warriorpoet.us
To connect with Not This Body, visit notthisbody.com
A collaboration of /Aubrey Marcus and /Notthisbody incorporating work by
/footage from The Sagan Series
/footage from The Fayman Series
/footage from Carl Sagan Tribute Series
Music: Hawk Cliff by Enzo Carlino soundcloud.com/enzo-carlino/hawk-cliff
* A special thanks to Jason Silva for inspiring me to enter this genre.
What is a warrior? A warrior is a way of life, a way of thinking, a way of being. Carlos Castaneda says we choose only once, to be warriors or ordinary. We choose only once. Because choosing to be a warrior alters your fundamental approach to life. While others will view everything as a blessing or a curse, you see only challenges. And a warrior lives to overcome challenges.
Every warrior has a code, an ethos. It is an invisible thread that connects him to all of his warrior brothers and sisters since the beginning of time. Steven Pressfield asks “How do we find our true calling, our soul companions, our destiny? He answers, “In this task, our mightiest ally is the warrior ethos.”
A warrior never hopes, but he must have faith. Hope is powerless, useless... The longer we sit and hope the more time we waste, because the universe gives only what is sought, what is believed! But yet a warrior must have faith. Because at times not every path is clear, and not every enemy a fiery dragon. When the forest is dark the warrior holds his ground with faith that if he remembers the warrior code, the light to illuminate the darkness will come.
For the warrior, the body is as important as the mind, because the two are inseparable. Danielle Bolleli writes “ A person who knows there is a wild wolf living under the skin has less reason to be intimidated by reality. Even when the power of the mind is in doubt, the body can provide tangible proof.”
A warrior is not an ascetic. He does not deny himself the pleasures of conquest simply for the sake of denying them. He realizes that in denying oneself it is easy to think he is doing great things, when really he is just focused on himself. But neither is the warrior attached to these pleasures. He can walk away from them at any time, and sometimes he does, just to prove it to himself.
The warrior is a natural leader, and he leads under one principle-- Follow me. When Alexander the great was threatened with mutiny after years of a brutal campaign in India, he stripped down naked, so all the men could see his scars. “Bring forth a man who has bled more than me, and we will go home.” No one came forth, because it was Alexander, riding his horse Bucephalus with a double plumed helmet who led every charge. Instead, his men erupted in cheers and pounded their shields.
The Warrior is a Believer. As Paulo Coelho says, “Because he believes in miracles, miracles begin to happen. Because he is sure that his thoughts can change his life, his life begins to change. Because he is certain that he will find love, love appears.”
A warrior is highly tuned to sense danger, but he does not fear. He does not fear because pain is temporary and death is an illusion. What is eternal cannot die, and the warrior knows that he will laugh, he will love, and he will fight for all eternity, in this world or some other.
If he errs, if he wanders, if he indulges in self pity, if he complains... He does not despair. He knows that he is human, and he remembers the choice he made. He picks his sword back up from the ground, and resumes the path of the warrior.
A warrior fights for one reason alone: love. Love of life, love of what is good, love of family, love of tribe, and love of our infinite soul on the quest for impeccability. He lets love swell in his heart, flushing through every cell in his being until he cannot help but proclaim, like Cyrano De Bergerac, “I am going to be a storm -- a flame -- I need to fight whole armies alone. I have ten hearts! I have a hundred arms! I feel too strong to war with mortals. Bring me GIANTS!”
Camp4 Partner Jimmy Chin // Director + Cinematographer Reel // Early 2013
Shots used represent projects including:
// The North Face Meru Shark's Fin Expedition, Indian Garhwal Himalaya - Director + Cinematographer
(Co-directed with Renan Ozturk, DP, Nuke animations by Marty Blumen martyblumen.com/, featuring Jon Krakauer)
// National Geographic 'Musandam Peninsula' Expedition, Oman - Director
(Co-directed with Renan Ozturk - DP)
// The North Face Athlete Tested Expedition Proven TV spot - Director
(Curt Morgan Brain Farm Cinema aerial DP, Tim Kemple ground DP)
// Pirelli Tires 'Scorpion' International TV spot - 2nd Unit director
(Adrian Moat overall director, RSA, Dirk Collins - DP)
// The North Face 'Towers of the Ennedi' Expedition, Chad - Director
(Co-directed with Renan Ozturk, Tim Kemple)
// 'The Denali Experiment' Expedition, AK - Director + Cinematographer
(Matt Irving DP, motion graphic by Barry Thompson and Eric Bucy halfwild.tv/ )
// National Geographic 'On Assignment', Yosemite California - Director
(Renan Ozturk, Mikey Shaefer, Tim Kemple - DP's)
For inquiries please contact Shannon Ethridge at Camp4 Collective, firstname.lastname@example.org