Let's level.. This summer has been pretty atrocious. I seem to have missed all the good weather by inconveniently synchronising my university lectures with the odd few sunny days we've had this year. So because of this I originally set about making a pretty gloomy video about how the weather sucks, how Norwich sucks and about how riding alone sucks.
Fortunately, when September hit I managed to squeeze in two weekends of riding outside of Norwich and I managed to find some time in between showers to film in Norwich too.
So I have a video now, against all the odds I've found a song too! It's all edited and it's uploading now as I write this out, so I thought I'd share my thoughts on what GETcreative has meant to me..
When I first set out it was actually a real chore to go out and find lines then try to film them. I filmed the vast majority of this video on my own, there are three (obvious) clips filmed by a friend but the rest is all tripod work. This presented real challenges and I tried to retain a certain element of energy within the video by using some sneaky editing techniques. So far then, I've learned how to use my camera more effectively and I've learned some new editing skills. So I'm already doing well here!
Riding wise this has been a really strange experience for me. I usually hate riding alone, to the extent that I hardly ever ride trials in Norwich. However, for some reason this competition has sort of coerced me into enjoying riding alone and enjoying the freedom of being able to film a line as many times as you want until you're happy with it. There's always that sense of guilt when you're on a ride and everybody is waiting on you to catch a line of film, only to watch you fail over and over again. Filming alone is guilt free. There is another element to filming alone though; fear. There is nothing scarier than trying something new and knowing that if it all goes wrong, you're on your own. It can be tricky to get yourself hyped up to ride too. But these are all things I've learned to overcome.
So in summary, this has been a fun experience. Thanks, Ben Rowlands for creating this opportunity for everyone and thanks to all the sponsors. It's been a blast.
I spent most of the southern winter riding the Ashton, and managed to get the camera out every once in a while. Came up with a few decent clips so I figured I would put a video together for the GETcreative contest: